Before you get on your bike, make sure it is Roadworthy. Here are a few starters-for-ten.
Your saddle height is important. Too low and you will experience discomfort, too high and you will feel unsafe. Place your heel on the pedal at the bottom of the pedal cycle. Your leg should be straight.
When you then cycle using the ball of your foot on the pedal there is a slight bend in the knee. If you feel uncomfortable in this position, start with the saddle a little lower and then increase the height as your confidence builds.
The correct tyre pressure reduces the chance of a puncture and makes cycling much easier so pump up your tyres before setting out on your bike. Check the tyre wall for the correct PSI pressure, it varies for each bike.
You will see a minimum and maximum pressure and unless you are cycling off road always inflate to the maximum. The best way to get the correct pressure into your tyres is to use a ‘Track pump.’ If you don’t have one, most bike shops have one they allow cyclists to use free of charge.
Whilst checking your tyre pressure, also ensure your tyres are not worn or perished. This can effect grip on the roads, especially in the wet.
Your brakes allow you to control your speed, which in turn is crucial to your safety and enjoyment of riding.
Check the front brake by pulling the brake lever and pushing the bike forward, (the bike shouldn’t move).
Then pull the rear brake lever and try and push the bike backwards (again the bike shouldn’t move). If your brakes are working, you are almost good to go. If not then visit a bike shop for advice or repair.
All the above mean very little if you haven't got the attitude! The best place to start your cycling is in a quiet, off road environment where you can familiarize yourself with your bike and gain confidence before heading out onto roads. Take this time to enjoy riding and make sure you're comfortable with the ride!