Debunking 9 Common Cycling Myths

Cycling has several benefits, including weight loss, prevention of heart disease, and better stamina. You can also adjust its intensity to what suits you.

Debunking 9 Common Cycling Myths

Plus, it’s a great way to relieve stress, and it can also serve as bonding time with family and friends. Moreover, it’s good for the environment as it helps lower carbon footprints.

If you plan to start cycling, these benefits will encourage you to go through with your plan. There might be things that you heard or read about cycling that may discourage you from trying this activity.

However, not everything that you hear and read is true. We listed some of the common myths about cycling and the truth behind them.

Bikes Cost a Fortune

There are indeed bikes that are on the expensive end. However, they vary in price, so you can easily find affordable ones that fall under your budget.

If you are an employee, you may also take advantage of the cycle to work scheme, where your employer will help with its purchase and the payment.

You can save a lot from the retail price of the bike through this scheme. The money you save from fuel or public transport is also another benefit. Plus, you get to help lessen pollution, which is good for the health and environment.

Cycling Can Be Dangerous

Cycling comes with risks, but there are things that you can do to ensure safety, such as following traffic rules and wearing safety gear. Everything that you do, may it be walking or driving, pose dangers.

If you let these risks stop you, then you cannot do anything in your life. You might end up staying at home doing nothing. As mentioned, there are safety protocols and tips to follow to stay safe on the road.

The Roads Are Only for Cars

Cyclists can also use the road, although there are laws that you need to follow. It includes ensuring the bike is in good condition to be used on the road, and you should not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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    Some requirements for your bike are a rear reflector, a break for the rear and front, and a bell loud enough to be heard from afar. Also, be sure to stop where needed, such as on stop signs, traffic lights, and pedestrian crossings.

    You Must Be Fit To Start Cycling

    Cycling is an effective way to get fit and healthy. However, you don’t need to be entirely fit to start doing it, just like you don’t need to be fit to begin other workouts or fitness activities.

    Your goal is to be fit, which is why you want to do it. Don’t stop yourself from cycling because of this misconception. Besides getting fit, there are several other benefits that you can enjoy, like healthier, glowing skin.

    It improves blood circulation, and it also releases toxins when you sweat.

    It’s a Must To Shave Your Legs

    It is common to see professional cyclists with shaved legs. It is also true even with amateurs who are serious about cycling. While it’s part of the culture of cyclists, you don’t need to shave your legs.

    You can still start cycling even if you decide not to go that way yet. Having shaved legs may improve your speed, but there is no pressure to do that if you are not there to race.

    Also, other reasons why cyclists shave their legs is to make it more convenient to apply medications or treatments in case of injuries and for a better massage experience after a ride.

    Cycling Is Only Good When the Sun Is Up

    You can still go cycling even when it’s raining. Just be sure that you are wearing waterproof attire so as not to be soaked from the rain.

    It can be a refreshing experience, and your warm bath or shower will be extra enjoyable after that. Since the road is wet, it can be slippery, so be careful to avoid accidents.

    You Can Get All Sweaty Cycling

    That depends on the intensity of your cycling. If you don’t want to sweat too much, go slowly and enjoy a pleasant stroll. Do not wear thick clothing and too many layers, which can also make you sweat a lot.

    However, if you want to sweat it out, then you need to pedal faster. Also, the temperature affects that. You will sweat more if the weather is hot. So, if you don’t want to be all sweaty, avoid cycling under the scorching heat of the sun.

    Women Should Only Use Women’s Bikes

    As long as you get the right size, you can use any bike that fits you and is comfortable for you. There are bikes with colors and designs that cater to most women, but if you prefer neutral, it really doesn’t matter if it says it’s a bike for men or women.

    Saddles Are Uncomfortable

    Most saddles are not cushioned, which is why many think that they are uncomfortable. However, the shape determines your comfort. So, get the right shape that will best fit you for maximum ease.

    Conclusion

    You may have heard of these cycling misconceptions before. Now that they are debunked, it’s time to push through with your cycling plan.

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