Getting started
  • Last updated:
  • 02 Jul 2020

New to the world of cycling?

Whatever your skill level you can make the most of the Sunshine Coast's many cycling routes. Cycling is permitted on all off-road pathways unless signed otherwise. You are not permitted to cycle on the Sunshine Motorway and sections of the Bruce Highway. If you are new to cycling or not a confident rider then we recommend you use our extensive off-road pathway network to get around.

Getting started is easy. Follow these tips to get cycling today!

Choose the right bike. The best bike for you will depend on the type of riding you plan to do. Casual or social riding, commuting, riding for fitness, mountain biking and competitive cycling each have their own equipment needs. Your bike shop can help you choose the best bike for what you want to do and the correct bike size so you can handle your bike safely. It's important that you make sure your seat height is set correctly and you are comfortable in your riding position to maintain proper control.

Make sure it is safe. Bike maintenance is very important. Check that:

  • your brakes are working
  • the bell is loud enough
  • the handle bars are easy to reach
  • the bike chain is clean and oiled
  • the wheels turn smoothly
  • your pedals are tight
  • the seat is level and
  • the tyres are pumped and firm.

If you are ever in doubt about how to maintain and set-up your bike, take it to a bike shop.

Always wear a helmet. Wearing a bicycle helmet protects your head from injury and wearing a helmet is required by law in Queensland. Your helmet must meet Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZ 2063:2008. Check for a standards sticker on the inside of your helmet to make sure it's approved for use in Australia.

Be alert. Look out for cars and pedestrians, especially near driveways and in car parks. Remember to use your bell. On shared pathways give way to pedestrians, slow down if the path is crowded, take care at blind corners, control your speed and brake gently.

Walk your bike. Sometimes it's safest to walk your bike when crossing the road, especially at a busy intersection. Stop, look and listen before crossing the road.

Wear bright, comfortable clothing. Make it easy for other people to see you and use a front and rear bike light for both day and night riding.

Follow the road rules. If you are riding on the road, you must follow the road rules. This includes stopping at red lights and stop signs.

A good level of fitness is required if cycling on rural roads. Be prepared for hilly terrain and vehicles travelling at higher speeds. Take plenty of fluids and food and spare equipment in case of punctures or emergencies.

Have fun! Ride for the pleasure and wellbeing it can give you. The more you practice, the better you'll get and the more comfortable you will feel in the saddle. Even just a short ride to the shops can be enjoyable.

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