Cycling is a popular sport in Malaysia. As a low-impact exercise, it is a good sport for people of all ages and shapes. Not only that cycling promotes the release of the feel-good endorphins and reduces stress, it is also quite effective for weight loss.
If you are just starting to consider on investing your time and money into this hobby, here are some guides to make your journey worth the effort:
- Set Up Your Bicycle for a Proper Fit Do not just follow the latest trend or what other people tell you. Take your time to pick the most suitable bicycle for your needs, whether it is a road bike, mountain bike, or foldable bike. The options are endless, with prices range from RM 2,200 to RM 12,000, depending on your choice of type and brand. If you take some time to do a bit of research, there is a great chance to find some bicycle promotions in store or online.
The most important thing is to choose the right size before you adjust the ergonomic settings of your bicycle as accurate as possible. This can make a huge difference in your cycling experience, as you will not experience any tingling, numbness, or back pain.
For example, you want to fix your saddle height so that your knee is 80-90 percent extended when you are sitting on the bike. Also, the angle from your arms to hip should be about 90 degrees so that you can keep your back straight throughout the ride. When you are reaching for the handlebar, make sure you do not have to lock your elbows.
- Get Together with Other Cycling Enthusiasts There are many cycling events available throughout the year so you just need to set a monthly budget to spend on these activities. If you are starting this hobby by yourself, this is a great way to explore new routes and meet new friends. Like when you are working out at the gym, having some cycling buddies would motivate oneself to keep on going.
- Join the KL Car Free Morning The two-hour event is held twice a month, on the first and third Sunday of the month, where around seven kilometers of major streets in Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle are closed for motor vehicles. Thousands of people have joined this activity to cycle, run, skateboard, rollerblade, or simply walk to promote a healthy lifestyle.
People can also rent bicycles there on a first come, on the first-served basis. If you want to test the roads, some places like Putrajaya Botanical Gardens, FRIM, and Perdana Botanical Gardens provide dedicated cycling routes and affordable bike rentals.
- Prepare Budget for Accessories Cycling could be both expensive and affordable, depending on your approach to it. As a start, one should consider safety, injury prevention, comfort, and performance – in that respective order. For example, buying a helmet is a must, but you can choose to spend your money on a ninety ringgit helmet or a thousand ringgit one, based on your style preference. The best way to not go overboard with your spending on bike accessories is by setting a maximum budget and stick to it.
Again, you can check out several online shops and subscribe to their newsletters to get the latest bicycle promotions when they are available. Have a safe ride!