7 bike skills you need to master if you want to be seen as a serious cyclist

Lyle Ellerbee

I don’t like to blow my own horn, but I am quite an expert cyclist. I’ve written books about it and everything – published books. Over the years I’ve acquired many of the advanced skills needed to survive and thrive on the road, be it commuting, touring, in competitive events, or cycling just for the hell of it.

There are certain mistakes everyone makes with bikes, a topic I wrote about previously on T3.com. More usefully, there are also 7 skills every cyclist should master and I am going to reveal them to you today. After all, you can buy the best road bike in the world and bolt a state-of-the-art bike computer to it, but if you have all the gear and no idea, you’re never going to cut it in cycling circles. 

1. Riding in a group/holding a wheel

Tour de France

Maybe start with a slightly smaller group than this

(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

This is one of the first skills to master as a rider and one that can be quite nerve wracking at first. Being able to ride in a group, nice and neat, just inches behind the rider in front is a accomplishment that grows with time. Riding like this keeps the bunch tidy on the road and will also saves energy as you will be sitting tight in the slipstream of the rider in front. 

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