Bike Injuries Are Common
Take this dream for a spin: The sun is shining, there’s not a cloud in the sky, and your crush just called to ask if you want to go on a bike ride. You dust off your brother’s old bike and picture yourself on a hillside adrenaline rush, riding into the sunset with your sweetie.
OK, hit “pause” for a second and get practical. Want to enjoy the ride without ending up in a humiliating pretzel-shaped pile on the side of the trail?
Bike injuries are common. So follow the tips below to really enjoy your ride.
Pick the Right Bike
Can you make your brother’s sleek racer pass for a mountain mule? Nope. If you’re headed on a hillside trek and don’t want to pull out a patch kit after 5 minutes, you’ll need to choose a mountain bike for its rugged, chunky tires, and trail-grabbing capabilities. The reverse is true, too — when you’re going for speed on a paved surface, all those high-tech shocks and other mountain-climbing gadgets will do nothing to help you catch up with the distant speck on the horizon that’s your cycling partner.