Don’t Forget Biking as a Way to Reduce Injury

Somehow biking seems to have transformed from a simple way to get from Point A to Point B – or just a way to have some fun – and instead has become a serious (even intimidating) form of extreme activity.

Not only does it not have to be that way, reports that the Reno Gazette-Journal, but also it shouldn’t be that way. You can help yourself stay in shape – and help avoid injury – by returning to what made you jump on a bike in the first place years ago as a child.

“Rather than fall into the cycle of spending to keep up with performance trends [Grant Petersen, author of Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike] suggests getting back in touch with your inner child. That’s the kid who jumped on whatever bike happened to be available and rode it for fun and basic, cheap transportation.”

“‘A lot of times when adults reintroduce themselves to riding a bike they have memories of enjoying riding a bike,’ he said.”

The piece continues: “He said one reason people get distracted from just riding is because much of the bicycling industry is based on selling performance bikes and gear. Many bike shops fill their floors with high-end merchandise that’s not practical for a typical bike ride and stash stuff that might be useful to the everyday person away in a corner.”

“A person needs to only try using a performance racing bike for daily errands to see how limiting it really is. The racing bike won’t have anyplace to carry items, such as groceries or work supplies, it won’t have fenders which makes it impractical for rainy weather and the tires will be so narrow the bike will be all but useless on dirt, gravel or even rough pavement.”

“‘It doesn’t make sense for them to ride an impractical bike,’ he said.”