The right equipment and proper fit are paramount to your safety and comfort in the saddle.This article will be a detailed look at making sure you have the right equipment for the event and are correctly fitted to the bike, to optimise power and reduce the risk of injury.

We will also talk about the most comfortable clothing to wear along with types of clothing for the different temperatures you will be training in. We will also touch on how riders can be more visible sharing the roads.

The most important advice you can receive when starting out is choosing the right equipment. Step one is to get a professional independent Bike Fit before you purchase your bike. This will allow you go into the shop with a specific set of instructions for the shop to follow rather than being confused at the point of sale and ending up buying something you didn’t really want. Factors to look at are the geometry of the bike, weight, gearing, and braking system and of course, your budget.

When you are fitted correctly to your bike injuries will be rare, although the odd aches and pains will always be part of endurance cycling. The main problems to expect are your upper body always being in the same position and your sit bones being the main point of contact to support your body weight. Both areas cause ongoing niggles for cyclist throughout their careers.

A good bike fitter will also help you with the accessories such as types of clothing, footwear and gloves to help the three points of contact to be comfortable.

When choosing clothing, Bendigo is a very cold area in winter and cycling also adds a wind chill factor to further drop the temperature. Having layered clothing allows this to be accounted for. Cyclists these days are moving towards thermal bib tights and winter compression undergarments along with heavy-duty shoe covers and gloves during winter and a vest to maintain core temperature.

One last tip on clothing is to choose your colours wisely. Motorists tend to give a wider berth to riders who wear visually bright colours, so don’t be one of those cyclists who wears dark colours on our roads.

Congratulations on improving your physical and mental wellbeing by getting on the bike.

Train smart

Matt Wallace