Have you noticed how many of the people bicycling in your neighborhood have gray hair? It is good to know that leisure bike riding is back in vogue. The recent passion for speed and expensive machinery has peaked, and once again bicycle manufacturers are designing bicycles for the rest of us. Affordable and comfortable models that allow riders to sit upright are back.
Why should bicycling appeal to seniors? As people enter their 60s and 70s they have two choices; they can embrace a healthy active lifestyle or just let go. Bicycling is a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time. You will be pleased to know that you don’t have to train for a marathon in order to reap the benefits.
Bicycling is a great way to exercise: it improves leg strength, balance, fitness and endurance. It is one exercise where age is never an issue. There are bicycles, tricycles, and hand cycles that can be adapted to meet special needs. There is a bicycle out there for you.
Are you nervous about getting started? Of course you are, but if you proceed with caution you will be fine. Riding a bicycle never changes; start with a three wheeler or use training wheels if you must, the principle is the same. Practice the basics (starting, stopping, shifting gears, and turning) in a parking lot where there is plenty of space and little traffic. Practice until you can control your speed, even on a downhill grade, before you take her out for a true spin.
Treat yourself to a new bike, but not just any bike. Go to a shop where they know what to do to keep you from getting a backache or hurting your knees. Special handlebars and braking systems can alleviate pressure on sore hands, and cushioned seats will make for a more comfortable ride.
Invite family and friends to join you. Age, fitness level or clothing size need not keep you from feeling like a kid again. Enjoy the freedom of being independently mobile while getting a good workout.