Myth: Cycling Is Expensive1 of 10
FALSE. Buying a bike (and shoes and helmet and kits and accessories) does not mean you have to take out a second mortgage. When you shop wisely for cycling gear, you can get everything you need to keep riding—and still have enough to enjoy a cup of coffee.
Myth: Women Need Women's-Specific Bikes2 of 10
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FALSE. Get a bike fit before you buy a bike. Once you have your bike measurements, you can shop by size, features and color and not be constrained to just a handful of women-only options.
Myth: Cycling Is Dangerous3 of 10
FALSE. Just like any other activity, there are inherent risks in cycling. You can minimize on-the-bike risks through safe riding; always wear a helmet, use proper head and tail lights and practice bike-handling skills.
Myth: Cycling Enhances Both Muscle and Bone Density4 of 10
Myth: Shaving Your Legs Is for Pros5 of 10
Myth: Bike Weight Is Everything6 of 10
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FALSE. Unless you're routinely climbing mountains on your bike, bike weight is not the single most important factor contributing to speed. Aerodynamics, especially as sustained speed increases, are critical in decreasing effort and increasing speed on the bike.
Myth: Narrow Tires Are Faster7 of 10
Myth: The Higher Your Tire Pressure, the Faster You Go8 of 10
FALSE. Inflating your tires to the maximum pressure listed on the tire sidewall is ill-advised. It doesn't offer a comfortable ride and doesn't promote optimal tire and wheel performance. Check this handy tire inflation guide, and inflate your bike tubes to the pressure best suited for your weight and the kind of riding you do.
Myth: If I'm Not Suffering, I'm Not Training Hard Enough9 of 10
TRUE (kind of). When you go hard on the bike, really go for it! But remember: For all the hard work you do, you also need moderate and easy days in the saddle. Not every ride should be a quad-shredding, KOM-grabbing, town-line-sprint-winning effort.