Road Biking for Beginners

Road Biking for Beginners

October 1, 2018

As a leading bike shop in Naples, FL, we get a lot of questions from beginners about how to road bike as safely as possible. While road biking can be intimidating if you don’t have a lot of experience, all you really need to do is learn a few rules of the road to succeed at it.

If you are considering becoming a beginning road biker, read on for more information about how to prepare for this new hobby, and how to ensure your own safety and comfort on the road:

  • Dress appropriately: The clothes make the biker—or at least, they certainly help! When biking on the road, you will want an outfit that won’t flap in the wind, and will protect you from the elements without making you overheated. Some of our favorite biking apparel includes fingerless gloves with palm padding, wind vests, lightweight rain jackets, bike shorts or tights and arm and knee warmers.
  • Pick the right bike: A good road bike is lightweight and fast, and can be easily ridden on paved surfaces. Any bike shop in Naples, FL should have plenty of good road bikes—but the real challenge is making sure you have one that fits your height well. At Big Momma’s Bicycles, our staff will be happy to work with you to ensure you find a road bike ideal for your safety and comfort.
  • Safety first: Everyone knows that good bike safety includes wearing a helmet—but not all helmets are created equal. Look for a helmet that meets U.S. safety standards, and has appealing extras like ventilation, a chinstrap that is easily adjustable and absorbent pads to control moisture.
  • Accessorize: A good road biker is always prepared. Here are some things you should consider always keeping with you while biking: a bike multi-tool, bike lights and reflectors, a water bottle and fenders. Some of these accessories can be installed on your bike; for those that can’t, you can invest in a small saddlebag for your road bike.
  • Know how to ride: The most important part of road biking is the actual riding of your bike. Biking on pavement is different from pedaling on rough terrain or dirt bike trails, so you ought to study up on how to bike well on the road. Some bike rental shops in Naples, FL even offer classes in road biking, which may be a good idea if you’re feeling nervous or inexperienced.
  • Mind your manners: Knowing road biking etiquette won’t just keep other cyclists and drivers from getting angry with you—it can also save your life. There are plenty of articles and books out there that cover this topic, and it is also covered in road biking classes. And if you have friends who are avid road bikers, you can ask for their advice as well.

Now that you know how to safely and effectively bike on the road, you may be itching to get started. Fortunately, Big Momma’s Bicycles is the place to go for bike purchases, bike accessories and bike rental in Naples, FL. We look forward to welcoming you to our store!

Categorised in: ,

Map of Naples

Click to open a larger map


Big Momma's Bicycles
850 Seagate Dr
Naples, FL 34103

Phone: (239) 263-0728
chamber of commerceNaples-Daily-Newsadventure cycle

Business Hours

Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
September 4, 2018 susan
"we brought in 2 Trek bicycles that had been sitting in storage for several years and were minimally 15 years old. when we picked them up the..."
September 4, 2018 Lula I.
"Sal and his team was extremely helpful and efficient. The price I paid was fair and it was evident that they look out for their clients. Tha..."
August 22, 2018 Tony B.
"The staff, Big Sal, Tony, Handsome Rob, and Rey the worlds best mechanic , are there to make sure that you not only have a great time but th..."
August 14, 2018 Raynie R.
"We recently moved to the area, but prior to the move we rented from Big Momma's while in town renovating the house. They always provided us ..."
August 3, 2018 Garbriela P.
"I thought my bike was doomed till took it to big mamma's bicycles. They refurbished my trek back to pristine condition and saved the day! Th..."

Contact us today!

© 2018 Big Momma's Bicycles | Terms and Conditions