A Road-Biking Guide for Newbies

Not the most experienced cyclist on the road? No worries! Road-biking trails on the Adirondack Coast vary in length and elevation, making them perfect for all ages and levels. Here’s what you need to know if you’re rolling out for the first time:

BYOB (Bring your own bike, duh)

Sure, that’s obvious, but the real question is whether to rent or buy. If you’re here for the season and you plan on exploring more than a few Adirondack Coast road-biking trails, you should consider investing in your own model. Just here for the weekend? A day rental is probably more up your alley. Check out the Plattsburgh City Marina for a rental option near downtown Plattsburgh.  Also remember to have a lock for your bike if you plan to go into a restaurant, store or museum on your route.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

If your bike is too big or too small it can affect how sore you’ll be tomorrow. Often bikes need to be professionally fitted in order to meet your body’s dimensions. Parts like the handlebars, stems, saddles, and seat posts sometimes need to be replaced in order to make your ride more comfortable. Meet up with a staffer at a nearby bike shop if you suspect parts of your model need to be adjusted.

Dress Appropriately

Don’t peddle in stilettos! Get yourself a sturdy pair of shoes that complement the grips on your peddles. Also, be aware of changing temperatures if you're riding from morning to afternoon where it will be hotter; or afternoon to evening where it'll begin getting cooler.

What’s Your Speed?

Pick a trail that matches your abilities. Start slow and steady with a shorter, more leisurely ride and then work your way up to the big leagues. This is where your gears come into play. The bigger numbers make it harder to peddle; the lower numbers make it easier. It all depends on what kind of incline you’re on. Whatever speed you decide on, remember: you’re here to have fun!

Stay Alert!

Cruising up and down scenic road trails visualizing your soon-to-be athletic physique while listening to a vegan “mindfulness” podcast will definitely make you feel like a healthy-living star... in the moment. And a moment is all it takes for you to lodge your front wheel into a pothole and go flying over the handlebars.

Be cruelty-free to yourself and unplug. Enjoy the workout and your time outdoors! You should also be certain to brush up on the traffic laws before heading out.

Follow these tips and you’ll pick up the ways of the road in no time. The sooner you get outdoors, the sooner you’ll be on your way to cycling super stardom!


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