Eat then shower, or shower then eat? Six essential steps for nailing your post-ride routine

Some riders have a carefully-prepared routine of post-cycling recovery; others stumble about the house in a fog of sweaty exhaustion, unsure of their next move.

As you only reap the rewards of your training once you’ve fully recovered, we’ve put together some handy pointers to help steer you on the right path after every ride. This way you’ll get the most out of the ride you’ve just completed – and you’ll also be in a better place for your next spin. 

1. Clean your bike

Male cyclist cleaning his bike after a bike ride

(Image credit: Future)

As cyclists, we do admittedly have a bit of reputation for (deeply) caring about our bikes. The cliche of checking if the bike is okay before considering yourself is somewhat grounded in reality after all.