As rewarding as it is, cycling can come with its fair share of aches and pains—especially for new riders who aren’t used to time in the saddle. Some soreness may be inevitable—this is a sport, after all—but a lot of discomfort can be remedied with a tweak of your bike setup or your riding style. Bike-fitting specialist Happy Freedman and exercise physiologist Polly deMille, both from the Hospital of Special Surgery’s Bike Fitting Service in New York City, offer their tips for a pleasant and pain-free ride.
Growing up on the Canadian prairies, Roxanne LeBlanc spent plenty of time on her bike. She continued to cycle as an adult and was the picture of great health. Until one day LeBlanc was out shopping and everything changed.
Have a Century Ride cycling event on your bucket list? The good news is it’s extremely doable—but it’s going to take some work. Here’s how to get started and be on your way to 100 miles in two months. I’ll be by your side the entire time, ready to remind you to tell yourself: “Shut up, Legs!”
The agitation starts to simmer. You watch your riding partner create more distance between the two of you every minute until the angry internal monologue starts running: “You never wait for me. I’m so slow. Why do I ride with you? This always happens. I’m tired. I’m not having fun. Screw this, I want to go home!”
As cycling grows in popularity in cities around the country, and fitness studios like FlyWheel and SoulCycle are expanding like crazy — it's clear that this cycling habit will probably stick around. And that's a great thing! There are so many benefits to bike riding, and it's easy to do at every age. Check out this cool infographic for fun stats on cycling — and get inspired to get going.
By Gabrielle Frank, Nov 17 2015