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  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cycling

     

    Cycling, often touted as the best and simplest of exercises, is also the most fuel and cost efficient way to travel. It is a great workout and not only enables you to derive pleasure, but also helps you remain fit. It helps in improving the cardiovascular fitness and results in lower risk of heart attack and stroke. Just pedaling is low effective as compare to cycling. You can improve your muscle tone without stressing your knee and ankle joint.

     

    Cycling, is also a practical mode of transport, hence you could ride to work and not only reap the health benefits, but also save on petrol costs, and parking fees. At the same time you could do your bit to help the environment and save fuel.


    As a sport, however, it is one of the most physiologically demanding - in both its track and road forms. Amongst the many qualities a cyclist may need to develop or possess are endurance, speed, explosive power, technique, and high level of fitness. Scientific research conditioning the cyclists, has in recent years, benefited the sport. Apart from that, a lot of scientific work that has gone into producing bicycles that are faster, lighter and better.

     

    Shortly after the bicycles were introduced, the world over, several competitions were developed. During the 1890s, also know as the "Golden Age of Cycling”, large races became popular and events were held across Europe, and in the U.S. and Japan. Around the middle of the 20th century cycling lost its importance as a major sport in the US; however in Continental Europe it still continues to be a major sport.

     

    As the various forms of the bicycle evolved, different formats of racing surfaced. Team and individual road race competitions, are contested in various ways. They range from the one-day road race, criterium (in which race length can be determined by a total time or a number of laps), and time trial to multi-stage events like the Tour de France and its sister events which make up cycling's Grand Tours. Track bicycles are used for track cycling in Velodromes, while cyclo-cross races are held on rugged outdoor terrain. In the past decade, mountain bike racing has also reached international popularity and is even an Olympic sport.

     

    Although cycle as a sport is not dangerous in itself, it has great potential for causing injuries through accident (largely road accidents).

     

    Just keeping a few things in mind can make your cycling experience complete. More so if you wish to pick it up as a sport.

     

    • Choose the height of bike appropriate for your height and needs
    • Stay on top of regular maintenance of the bike and its parts

    • Learn to adjust the saddle appropriately to your height

    • Always wear a helmet
    • Choose a seat that’s comfortable for you since we’re all built differently

     


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