Chris Zimmerman is a new member of the Cruzbike Community in Illinois. He shared his tips for accelerating the Cruzbike learning curve in an email to the team and we had to share them! These tips compliment the Learning to Ride steps found here and in our Cruzbike Romance Guide. Thanks so much to Chris for sharing these. Enjoy!
Greetings to the Cruzbike Crew!
I am a new rider that finished the 100 mile test ride in less than 72 hours. Within the first two months, I had completed 50, 75, and 100 mile rides. Since June 2020, I have logged more than 2,500 miles on my red Cruzbike S40. I’m no super athlete, it’s so much fun to ride I just keep pedaling.
How I accelerated the Cruzbike learning curve:
Stage 1 - Caveman
Just like your first ride as a kid, have a friend walk/jog next to you and hold the bike steady. Take turns learning to balance the Cruzbike. My training partner was my 14 year old son. The buddy system was faster than solo kickstart practicing.
Stage 2 - Wobbles
It’s all about cadence. Unlike your diamond frame ride where you want a faster cadence, use a slower steady cadence to learn handlebar steering pressure. Learn to start from a standing stop with a couple of steps for momentum and a “big banana slide” into the riding position, (yes, sometimes I say “weeee” as I slide down the seat), feet on pedals and go. Learn to stop with feet down and ready, brake to a “pop up” stance. Stop signs are no longer your enemy
Stage 3 - "Death" grip
Use the air pistol grip. Your first two fingers extend onto the brakes with thumb/ring/pinky on handle bar. You can’t over squeeze with this grip. Using the method during the ride will break your death grip habit, help you relax, and build confidence in your steering pressure.
Stage 4 - Long Solo Rides
Quiet your mind, ditch the Garmin at first and cycle at a pace of comfort. Speed will come as the new leg muscles develop. After one month of pacing I installed my Garmin and to my total surprise and delight, I was faster than on my Trek Domane. Start to imagine adventure cycling on your Cruzbike. For fun... add lights with the awesome front mount so you can still ride the bike path after dark. Why rush home?
Stage 5 - Evangelist
Keep a picture of your Cruzbike on your phone to share with friends... or just to look at when you’re apart. Practice your response for when people yell “cool bike!” Dream up new bike mounts and accessories for your Cruzbike. Buy a Cruzbike kit! Join the Cruzbike Community! Be an ambassador.
It’s now late fall and the S40 and I have moved inside... onto a Wahoo Kicker and Zwift. Although no Cruzbike frames are available on Zwift yet (that would be hot!), if I change the camera view I almost forget Zwift thinks I am on a diamond frame. Ride On!