Biking in Barrie – Getting Started
As the warmer climes arrive and Spring reaches it’s full potential, half wheelers can haul their cycles out of storage and hit the open paths.
Cycling is a fantastic option for fitness, health and fun. And for many it’s increasingly becoming their go-to method of commuting to work, even in winter.
Whether you’re a rookie on the local circuit or have been cycling for years, Barrie has plenty of options to level up your bike game. Here’s a quick starter kit to get your gears going!
Getting a Bike
Naturally, picking up a new two wheel ride is step one. There are a host of cool spots to check out across town, including Trek Bicycles, Bikeland, and The Bike Zone. All provide an array of cycles for all levels of experience, as well as the accessories (helmets, bags) to complete your collection.
Choose The Right Merch
Riding in comfortable swag can make the difference between misery and fun. The best clothes for biking are snug fitting jerseys and shorts.
If a jersey isn’t your bag, try an exercise shirt. A helmet is mandatory by law, and it’s not an exaggeration to say it could save your life, so be sure to pick up something cool and safe. Most of the bike shops will have plenty of clothing options for your riding career.
Another key ingredient is the right pair of shoes. Locally, the Running Room is a terrific spot to source for high end pad protectors.
Cycling requires alot of energy. It’s no different that going to the gym for a workout or doing cardio at home, so your body needs fuel! First off, drink LOTS of water, regardless of how warm or cold the weather is.
Depending on how long your ride is, you’ll likely need snacks along the way as well. Nuts and fruit are ideal, as they provide a punch of protein to power you up. The most important part of fueling while riding is eating something every 45 minutes to an hour.
Choose Your Path
Now it’s time to choose your path. This will be determined mostly by what your goal is for any given ride. Think about which streets to avoid based on traffic and how busy bike paths tend to be at the time you’ll be biking. There are plenty of nature based trails, like the Ardagh Bluffs, but keep in mind that hills and rougher terrain can be challenging.
Further, there are a few Barrie based cycle clubs you can join to connect with other two wheel lovers.
Firebird Community Cycle is not-for-profit Corporation, dedicated to the promotion of bicycle education and culture through the sustainable and accessible rebuilding, reusing, recycling and redistribution of all bicycle products. They meet and bike regularly and provide access to bicycle ownership and maintenance for those in need.
There’s also the Barrie Cycling Club. Registration for membership is required, so be sure to check out their website if you’re keen to enroll.