10 things you should know when you first start cycling (video)

Ensure you don’t have any unfortunate mishaps with nutrition, fashion or training the first time you hit the road.

Kidd's Hill is one of the major tests from the Hell of the Ashdown Forest

(Image credit: Chris Catchpole)

When you first start cycling, you may well have been a bit shy to ask a few important questions. These may well have been answered by friendly fellow cyclists or perhaps led to you finding out the hard way – through pain, embarrassment, bonking or a combination of all three!

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Paul Knott is a fitness and features writer, who has also presented Cycling Weekly videos as well as contributing to the print magazine as well as online articles.  In 2020 he published his first book, The Official Tour de France Road Cycling Training Guide (Welbeck), a guide designed to help readers improve their cycling performance via cherrypicking from the strategies adopted by the pros.