New Year's resolutions

The past year has been a drag and by all odds, the start of the new one is going to be rocky. Still, the new year brings with it a new set of New Year’s resolutions. This time around, instead of making plans and resolutions that will go nowhere, let’s try to stick to our plans and accomplish them.

This year, make sure all your cycling goals are realistic and achievable. Let’s see some of the possible New Year’s resolutions for the cyclist in 2021.

1. Set a realistic goal

Before you get carried away with the resolution list, let’s try to be realistic. While there is no right and wrong when it comes to this list, too many resolutions can get out of control and the odds of you sticking to them and completing them are close to none.

That’s why you should think well about your resolutions. For example, if your list consists of small, easy to accomplish goals then you can make a new year’s resolution for each month of the year. On the other hand, if you have one major goal that will take the whole year to accomplish, you should probably tone down smaller ones and dedicate yourself to completing that big one.

With every goal you set, make sure it’s attainable. That means that setting a 10 000 mile cycling goal will be hard to achieve unless you’re a pro cyclist.

2. Learn how to properly maintain your bike

This goal is as realistic as it gets. Learning how to maintain your bike is always a good idea and the better you learn, the bigger are your chances of keeping that bike in good shape for a long time.

Learning how to do small improvements and changes on your bike will not only save time but your money as well. Changing a tire, or fixing the rubbing of breaks, even changing your bike’s bar tapes, all these are small fixes that you can do yourself without the need to visit a mechanic.

3. Clean your bike after every ride

This may sound ridiculous, but it’s important since putting off-bike cleaning is so easy to do. Cleaning your bike after every ride is necessary if you want your bike to run smoothly and last longer.

Leaving your bike dirty, muddy, and grimy after cycling, especially after riding in the rain can have bad consequences. The dirt will continue to pile and wear on your bike’s components such as chain and cassette to name a few.

So, don’t be lazy and don’t put off bike cleaning. Hose it down after every ride.

4. Upgrade your bike

You don’t have to change your bike as often as you think. This year, instead of buying a completely new bike, try investing in your current one. This means that you can upgrade your bike with new tires, wheels, grips, pedals, gears, upgrade the frame and other parts of it.

Find a good, well-equipped bicycle shop that sells bike parts and accessories and make your bike look new. You’ll see that with just a couple of new bike parts and a bit of help from your local bike shop, your current bike will be as good as new.

5. Get fit and lose weight

Who doesn’t have these things on their resolutions list every year? However, this year, make sure you actually accomplish them. Cycling is a great way to both have fun and get fit.

Losing weight while riding a bike is not a myth and it can happen to you, too. All you need to do is start using your bike more often.

Instead of driving a car, get on your bike, and cycle to work. Do it in your free time as well. Set a goal and start burning fat while riding at a moderate pace.

6. Cycle to work

In terms of new year’s resolutions, this is a great one! Apart from losing weight and getting fit, cycling to work can have many other benefits. You will be spending time in fresh air which in turn improves your productivity, creativity, and stress levels.

And not only that, cycling to work means less time spent in traffic, no problems finding parking space and above all reducing the carbon print we leave on our planet. The way we see it, only good things can come from riding a bike to work.

7. Ride abroad

If you’re up for an adventure, this is a great goal. The great thing about riding abroad is all the options and possibilities, from high mountains to beautiful valleys. Things are still unsure about this year’s travelling possibilities, but keep an open mind and secretly plan an exciting cycling adventure abroad.

Cycling holidays are getting more and more popular and some of the hottest cycling locations include Spain, Portugal, Belgium, French Alps, South African, and many more. And who knows, maybe one of these places is on your cycling bucket list?

8. Join a cycling group

There is nothing like being able to share your passions with someone else. That’s why joining a cycling group or a club is where you should start. Cycling clubs are full of cycling enthusiast that share your passions and meeting new people is always a plus.

Joining a cycling club is especially convenient if you’re new to the area. Apart from meeting new people, you’ll also have a chance to improve your cycling and maybe increase your bike time. Once you've joined the group, you could even consider getting an mtb jersey so you can feel like you're a bigger part of the group.

9. Maybe another discipline?

You know how they say that variety is the spice of life? Well, this goes for cycling as well. This year, try something different in order to get more out of cycling. Dip your toes into other cycling disciplines such as mountain biking, track cycling, or maybe even BMX. Why not?

10. Include the fam

Cycling is a great way to spend time with your family. Cycling with the fam is not only healthy, affordable, and a way to spend quality time with your loved ones, but it also means introducing your children to bikes. Teach the younger generations to choose bike riding over computers and television.

This year is going to be your year, cyclists. There’s nothing like coming home after a good day on your bike. So, set realistic goals and stick to them, and nothing will stop you from making this year, a year of cycling!