The Leisure Cyclist
You ride on weekends, usually 30miles or less, often with your family. Here again, cycling clothing is optional, just be sure you all wear your helmets!
This is the best way to get started, if you haven’t been riding. No stress on your performance, easy to learn on bicycles, and just good, family oriented fun! Wear a nice pair of shorts, bring along water, and pack snacks and/or a picnic lunch. Be sure to remember your sunscreen and go for it!
Since you ride for fun on weekends, you should decide if you’re just going to ride close to home, or if you’re going to venture out to other places to gain a new experience, or perhaps to get to a good riding trail you enjoy. If you do decide to venture out, there is the question of how to get your bike(s) there. If you drive a truck or an SUV, maybe it isn’t an issue. However if you drive a sedan or small SUV, you may need to invest in a bike rack.
There are a few kinds of bike racks; if you have beach cruiser style bikes, I would discourage you from getting a roof mounted rack, as getting these bikes on and off would be a bit of a challenge, unless you’re a big strong guy. A hitch mounted rack works well for up to four bikes, and hitches are available for most vehicles.
If you don’t want to get a hitch (which can also be used to pull bikes in a small trailer), then perhaps a trunk mounted hitch
would fit the bill. They’re easy to attach, and also work well I’m told.
If you have little ones who are too small to ride on their own, there are some nice bicycle trailers out there; I used to pull my two boys all over Southern California in one of those. Worked great!
Just be sure to take plenty of water! It’s easy to get dehydrated before you realize it.
If you begin to ride regularly on the weekends, you may find investing in a pair of cycling shorts is a good idea. Cycling shorts are more comfortable for a couple of reasons:
1st they are padded.This can make the difference between a fun “longer” ride, and an okay ride.
2nd they wick away sweat.This may not seem too important, but it can help prevent chaffing.
3rd they are aerodynamic. You’d be surprised how much energy you waste on a ride wearing baggy shorts or pants that flap in the breeze.