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There’s a lot of good information about cycling. That comes with a lot of bad information. You have to know what to believe to be a good biker. Here are the most common myths.

1. Cycling is an expensive hobby.

The industry has exploded. So there are a ton of bikes on the market. And there’s a great price range. So you don’t have to take out a second mortgage to buy one you like.

2. Cycling is dangerous.

It’s actually one of the safer modes of transportation. You’re more likely to get hurt in a vehicle, on a motorcycle, or just walking. Always wear a helmet. And be cautious and aware of your surroundings when riding in traffic.

3. The rules of the road don’t apply to you.

All motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians have to follow road rules. You have to follow all signals and road signs to keep you and others safe.

4. You have to be fit to ride.

You don’t have to be in shape. In fact, cycling can help build your fitness level. Just start out at a slow place and slowly increase your speed and ability.

5. A bike saddle is uncomfortable.

You’ll have to try out a few different saddles to find one that works best for you. Once you have it, you’ll find that it’s actually comfortable for hours of riding.

6. Narrow tires are faster.

Actually, wider tires are faster. They’re more resilient, comfortable, and aerodynamic when paired with the right rim.

7. You have to tighten all bike parts before you ride.

You should make sure your wheels, handlebars, and stem are secure. But don’t tighten the derailleur set screws and shifter barrel adjusters. If you do, you may lose access to your upper and lower gears. And the rest won’t shift very well. Also make sure not to over tighten anything. The smaller the screw, the less torque it can withstand.

8. You have to pump your tires to the maximum pressure.

Higher tire pressure doesn’t make you faster. So you shouldn’t pump them to the maximum amount. Instead, go at least 5 PSI below.

9. You can lube up with WD-40.

This should not be used anywhere on your bike. It will actually strip off the chain oil and crank grease. And those are essential to a well-maintained bike. Always use specific chain lube.

10. Helmets last forever.

Ultraviolet light can actually break down the materials in your helmet. Foam shells can dry out and become brittle with age and repeated hits, even from dropping the helmet from a low height, can affect the ability of a helmet to protect your head. So you should replace it every few years at a minimum. Especially if you ride often.