Learn about the lure of cycling and Lycra with all the basic information for beginning your journey on two wheels. Along with the joy of cycling, do come a few hazards. Find out what it takes to give cycling a go, from starter distances, diet recommendations, gear and garments (including the magical Lycra)! Discover the many health benefits of this sport and why many people are finding cycling to be an enjoyable sport and a way to stay fit and social.
- Just two hours of easy cycling each week – or one hour flat out – will reduce your odds of dying by 10%.
- Cycling clubs have training rides suitable for all levels, and you can pick up a lot of good tips.
- Lycra compression garments are claimed to increase blood flow by stopping blood pooling in the veins – more blood means more oxygen, more oxygen means faster cycling.
“Alert readers will object that road cycling must be dangerous. And they would be a little bit right. In the US, there are 21 cycling deaths per 100,000,000 trips. So you’re likely to be killed once in every five million rides you take. That’s two times higher than if you were driving a car, and 50 times higher than taking a bus. On the other hand, you’re 25 times more likely to be killed riding a motor bike.”