Cycling is known as the use of bicycles for transport, recreation, exercise or sport. This activity can also be called bicycling or biking. Cycling was introduced in the 19th century and although it is a relatively new sport it has managed to gain an impressive following as well as function as the principal method of transportation for many people around the world. There are approximately one billion bicycles that are being used around the world!
WHY WE LOVE
Cycling is not only an exceptionally efficient method of transportation it is also good for your health, a fantastic way to connect with nature while engaging in an outdoor activity, and doesn’t produce any harmful emissions while in use.
Bicycles are beneficial to you and to the world. They provide so many more health benefits than motor vehicles do. Some benefits include sustained physical exercise which in turn offers protection from serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack, depression, and diabetes just to name a few. Not to mention riding a bicycle causes the creation of endorphins and manages to lower the rider’s level of stress. These two wheeled teleportation devises are easy to park and easy to maneuverer, especially when compared to motor vehicles. They also grant to access to roads, paths, and rural trails one would not be able to access by car while still being able to cover a lot of ground.
Cycling also offers a reduced consumption of fossil fuels, less air or noise pollution, and much reduced traffic congestion. It is also a way to form strong connections while bonding with the locals or those likeminded people who share similar exercise interest. Cycling allows you to become part of a community and it can easily fit into your daily life.
Lastly, we’d like to discuss a category of cycling, that differs from the traditional road and mountain biking we all know and love, called fat biking. Fat biking is similar to ‘regular’ cycling and has the same benefits but with an added twist. These bikes are equipped with wide and or fat tires, about 4 to 5 inches, in order to get riders through snowy conditions or across sand. Fat bikes run at low tire pressure and float on surfaces that normal bikes would either struggle to cross and or sink in. A fat bike can keep you in great riding shape while riding across multiple surface all winter long.
CYCLING & THE NATURAL WORLD
Cycling is an incredible way to connect with nature. It is an activity that allows you to cover a lot more ground than walking, hiking, or trekking would and allows you to be out in the open without having to use a motor unlike a car or a 4x4. Bicycling connects the cyclist to the terrain. A mountain bike allows you to explore different mountainous regions while a fat bike allows you to travel on snow, sand, or exceptionally bump ground…nothing is off limits.
Bicycles are also healthy and sustainable methods of transportations due to their physical requirements as well as small manufacturing footprint when compared to a car. Bicycles do not pollute the environment while they are being used. They do not have tailpipes that disperse poisonous fumes into the atmosphere, require oils or harmful fuels.
SOME TIPS FROM OUR EXPERTS WHILE CYCLING
- Brake ‘correctly’. Brake while placing your hands at the ends of the levers if you want to exert optimal pressure, also make sure to slide your bottom at the very back of the saddle. This movement keeps the back down and stops you from flipping over when doing a quick stop.
- Make sure to change positions. Cycling can strain your back, especially during long ride, so make sure to vary your hand and body position frequently, this will change the muscles being used and therefore cause less stress and pressure.
- Always communicate! Use eye contact, hand signals, or shout if you must. Make sure that both drivers and pedestrians alike know what it is you are doing. This will keep you and others safe!
- Carry water and bicycle tool kit (pump and plasters for tire pinch, etc…) with you, especially if you’re travelling long distances.
EQUIPMENT USED WHILE CYCLING
Technically the only equipment needed to go bicycling is a bicycle but you must make sure you are using the correct bicycle for the terrain as well as one that fits your frame. If you’re looking to ride a road bike keep in mind that there should be one to two inches of clearance between your lower front and the top tube, when standing flat footed while straddling the bike. However, the measurements for a mountain bike are different, the clearance should be at least two inches and your handlebars should be one inch lower than your seat top. Make sure to do your research and buy your bicycle from a reputable dealer.
Also, always use a helmet! And make sure to wear bright colours or reflective clothing, if you plan on cycling during hours with low light, aka early in the morning or late in the afternoon/night.
When cycling at night, make sure your bike is lit up with two or three lights and a half-dozen reflectors.
DID YOU KNOW...
- There are twice as many bicycles in the world than cars.
- In 1995, Fred Rompelberg managed to break the world record for fastest bike speed. His motor-paced speed world record is 268.831 km/h (166.9 mph).
- Maintaining a car is 20 times more expensive than maintaining a bicycle.
- Before the word ‘bicycle’ became popular (derived from the French word ‘bicyclette’), bikes were typically called ‘velocipedes’.
- Mike Hall managed to bike around the world in 91 days and 18 hours, this means he totalled 28,968 km in which averages at over 315km per day. He is currently the world record holder.
- Bicycles use 2% as much energy as cars per passenger-kilometre, and cost less than 3% as much to purchase.
- Studies show that women who walk or bike at least 30 minutes a day, lower their chances of developing breast cancer.