We all are certain with the basic benefits of cycling. But there may be a few myths that proliferate among the rookies or the non-cyclists. Here we are to expose such myths.
CYCLING IS RISKY
Cycling is actually a very safe thing to do. It may sometimes feel dangerous but it isn’t. And the chances of crashing one with a motor traffic are pretty rare. It partially depends on who is riding, the experience and where the bike is being ridden.
If you’re a rookie, cycling maybe trickier to handle in traffic. Try to avoid fast traffic if possible. Consider riding on footpaths if you strike a heavy traffic. But the key is to keep yourself away from busy roads if you have not gained confidence in yourself till date. It can be great if you’re riding on a separate cycle path as it is not dangerous at all.
CYCLING IS SLOW
Well, people believe that cycling compared to other modes of transport, can be slow. But we all have observed that during rush hour, cycles move swiftly among the cars stuck in traffic. Cyclists also have a benefit of shortcuts which cars don’t get. They also get to sneak through pathways.
IT’S NEVER TOO FAR TO CYCLE
Most trips around the town are nearly 5km or less, a distance that can be easily traversed by a bike within 20-30 minutes at a gentle speed. If you’re new to cycling, start small. Plan short trips first, and eventually your commute when you gain confidence in cycling.
HARDER IS BETTER
If you try filling your tires with a high pressure, you may experience an uncomfortable and bumpy ride. This happens because you will have no suspension to cushion the blows and feeling every bump in the road will eventually slow you down and worse, damage your bike.
CYCLING MAKES YOU SWEAT
The first thing you want to know is that cycling is not sweating. It totally depends on your pace. In fact, cycling is like walking. If you walk or run faster, you sweat. It’s a similar case with cycling.
In addition to this, you can wear light clothes; get yourself an electric bike, etc. to avoid sweating if you pedal faster.
Moreover, perspiration mainly depends on your weight and experience. After repeated training, your body becomes more capable at cooling. So the fitter you are, the more you will sweat.
CYCLING IS UNSUITABLE FOR HILLY AREAS
If you live in hills, take example of people who cycle at hilly regions of other places. All you have to do is figure out the easy and gentler paths to your destinations. Also, it’s okay to get off the bike and push it a little. And in worst case scenarios, buy you an electric bike.
YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO WEAR CYCLING ATTIRE
It is completely contradictory that you should wear cycling clothes while cycling. It is good get the necessary gears but not all of them. You can always wear comfortable clothes that you have in your wardrobe.
SHAVE YOUR LEGS
Shaving your legs maybe good for fad. It does display your toned muscles, indulge you in “riding socialization”, but it has nothing to do with speed. You simply want to go out on the road; it’s absolutely alright if your legs aren’t shaved. Go ahead and enjoy your ride.
IT IS OKAY TO EAT BEFORE OR AFTER CYCLING
If you eat a certain amount of calories per day, cycling burns those calories irrespective of the time you cycle. Even if you go cycling in the morning and burn fat, you will add those calories throughout the day. It is nothing like you need food inn your stomach to burn before exercising.
BALANCING WITH A WEDGE
Many people are advised to wear a wedge because of their hip, leg or foot injury which makes one leg slightly shorter than the other. Well, it’s only true in a few cases. The problem lies with the pelvis which demands to be corrected with exercise or diagnosed properly instead of wearing a wedge suggested by a salesman.