Health and Well Being

Saddle Sore ?

Most riders will encounter soreness while sitting on the saddle. There are number of things you can do to sort this out.
Apply lubrication on the bibshorts pad and/or yourself, using Chamois cream, Aqueous cream, Vaseline, anything is better than nothing. Apply liberally !
Modern saddles can really help with this, these come with a split down the middle. Position your saddle forward so that your seat bones are sitting on the back part of the saddle and taking your weight.
Other adjustments including saddle height and stem length, can adjust your position and help correct the problem.

 

Do your Hands, Wrists, Arms get Sore ?

This is a common complaint of cyclists.

One way of improving this, is to use drop handle bars as found on racing bikes. There are a number of different places you can put your hands on the bars, on the top, on the brake hoods or on the drops. By constantly varying your hand positions (every few minutes) this can really make a difference.

Also it is known that Aluminium frame bicycles give a harsher ride, where the rider will feel every bump on the road, which leads to sore hands and wrists. This is why many bikes now come with carbon forks which really help.

Carbon, Titanium and Steel frames have a little more ‘give’ and are a more comfortable ride.

 

Well Being

Cycling can bring about a feeling of greater self-esteem, self-control and the ability to rise to a challenge, making you feel good about yourself.

It’s a great way to enjoy the fresh air and discover the great outdoors. With nothing between you and the open road, your mind is more likely to be occupied by your surroundings rather than any negative thoughts.

Getting out on your bike is one of the easiest ways to exercise, you can ride almost anywhere and at any time of the year. Plus it’s low-impact, so it’s easier on your joints than other high-impact aerobic activities like running.