Learning something new can be a little scary. As you venture outside of your comfort zone, you move into the great unknown and there’s no way of being sure whether you’ll love it or not.
Mountain biking is my primary cycling discipline. I love being outdoors, remote areas, shredding trails in some beautiful landscapes. Even the mud, dirt and grime have their place in my adrenaline fuelled “happy time”.
However, I’ve been exposed to a lot more road cycling recently: chatting with athletes, watching the races and studying the beautiful bikes that are on offer. Feeling inspired by so many great riders, and having the opportunity to ride with others, I decided that it was about time I gave this road cycling malarkey a whirl, and consequently get over my fear of skinny wheels.
What better way to get started than with the new Boardman Women’s Team Bike, it’s beautiful and elegant in design, and the perfect partner to begin my journey with. I was fortunate enough to have British Gold medallist, and cycling legend, Chris Boardman, to hold my hand offering tips and advice for my first road cycle.
Like any other cycling discipline, finding a bike that’s right for you and fit for purpose is your first step. It’s important to ask yourself what you want to achieve on your bike, then narrow down your searches by budget, components, and even look.