It’s been one pedal forward and two pedals back on the great fixed wheel of cycling life lately. As a keen card-carrying MAMIL (middle-aged man in Lycra) and soon-to-be OFIL (old fart in Lycra), I was heartened to read of the latest study of 125 long-distance cyclists in their 80s that found they had immune system function similar to that of 20-year-olds. The study, published in Aging Cell journal, found ageing cyclists produced the same number of T-cells as adults in their 20s and a separate study found cyclists didn’t lose muscle mass, strength, or gain body fat in the same way as non-cyclists.
There was good news for female cyclists, too: researchers from the University of California in San Francisco found that women who rode bicycles had better sexual function compared to other athletes, and also the more miles a woman rides, the better her sex life. (The study also found that female cyclists were also more likely to develop bladder infections, saddle sores and genital numbness. So go figure.) But even as cyclists were coasting towards a smiling, satisfied senescence, fate was waiting around the next bend to scatter some thumbtacks across the road.
No issue in cycling seems to get emotions running higher than the eternal debate on whether helmets should be mandatory. Having had one serious fall and cracked my helmet-encased noggin rather firmly against unyielding cement, I tend to lean towards the compulsory side of the conversation.
Even so, the heavy-handed response of the constabulary towards a collection of cyclists intending to pedal around Centennial Park with their hair in the wind last Sunday as a peaceful protest calling for reform to mandatory helmet laws marked another low point in the fraught relationship in Sydney between cyclists, drivers and the long arm of the law.
Similar rides in other cities across Australia and New Zealand passed without incident. But in Sydney, police dispatched seven police cars to intercept and stop the planned “helmet optional” ride around the park’s Grand Drive cycle lane, threatening participants with $330 fines (among the highest anywhere in the world).
As the NSW Council for Civil Liberties pointed out, this action by police appeared grossly disproportionate to any conceivable safety concerns, a waste of public resources and fails to respect the fundamental right to peaceful protest in a democratic society.
I also ran head-on recently into the other big issue plaguing those who favour life on two self-propelled wheels: the vexed and infuriating matter of dockless bikes for hire. I was cycling at a moderate speed down the path from my street to Blackwattle Bay when a helmetless fellow on a Readybike darted out from behind a wall and connected with my front wheel hard enough to make me see stars.
Certainly these app-driven schemes put more inexperienced cyclists on to our roads but that should be a temporary inconvenience offset by a raft of benefits.
China’s vice minister for transportation Liu Xiaoming recently announced that shared bike schemes had reduced traffic congestion to the tune of 16.1 billion yuan ($2.6bn) while accruing other social and health benefits totalling 200 billion yuan as 23 million bikes had hit the streets and 70 million rides had taken place every day.
Certainly other cities — cities that don’t need to be smacked on the bottom and sent to bed early by their nanny — have embraced this mode of transport with little fuss or angst. In Sydney, however, we are unable to resist the siren song of our inner idiot, and the temptation seems too strong to ride them recklessly, pedal them into the harbour, throw them into trees, hang them from fences, strew them across paths, and send serried orange and yellow rows of them crashing down like dominoes.
Frustrated councils are making noises about banning rental bikes outright or restricting them to mandated docking zones, thereby defeating their main advantages of convenience and ubiquity, as complaints mount up about their irresponsible use and the eyesore factor that entails. But in a city growing at a frightening pace and at risk of choking on its own congestion, surely the China figures suggest it’s worth persevering with the experiment.
Maybe we can all make a difference. Instead of kicking that Readybike to the kerb or going all mofo on that Ofo, let’s try picking them up off the paths, standing them out of harm’s way and riding them like responsible adults. Is it an impossible dream?
Source: Jason Gagliardi, Cycling is good for you so give bike sharing a chance, The Weekend Australian, Msrch 26, 2018.
As biking and bike-share programs become popular, some trauma-center doctors are seeing more injuries related to cycling.
Supporters say protected lanes prevent car-bike collisions; critics complain about less parking and more congestion.
For some of us, cycling is a sport, a hobby or an eco-friendly mode of transportation, but cycling also has an important role to play in terms of public health. This includes obesity, which is now considered one of the biggest public health concerns in many countries.
For a recreational athlete who thrives outdoors, indoor workouts can be a chore. And for a spin enthusiast who loves the energy of a class environment, solo workouts can feel isolating.
As a stubborn and perhaps foolish fan of pro cycling, I’m not ready to throw my bike off a mountainside and take up a daffy habit for weirdos, like running. No: I believe my beautiful but forever-tormented sport simply needs to reboot with better branding—and a new, transparent slogan.
It should come as a surprise to no one that physical activity and exercise is good for you. What may come as a surprise to many is just how good it can be. Research reported in the British Medical Journal last week indicates that cycling to work has extraordinary health benefits.
My daily rides are my form of meditation — few other physical activities force me to so fully embrace the present and consider my surroundings. If I’m feeling sad or angry, I pedal until the city blurs past me and all I can feel is pavement. If I’m already in a good mood, five minutes on my bike and I may as well be a superhero. At the very least, every day I arrive to and from work more invigorated and grateful for what my body can accomplish.
E-bikes are destined for something bigger than replacing regular bicycles.
Because cities aren’t building complete networks—and police aren’t keeping them safe.
Once upon a time, the main danger associated with bicycling had nothing to do with being hit by a car.
Instead, some late-19th-century doctors warned that — especially for women — using the newfangled contraption could lead to a terrifying medical condition: bicycle face.
The scientists have convinced me that cycling will add days to my life, and the child inside me has learned that it adds life to my days. Both are valuable lessons.
So let’s all keep moving and keep discovering.
But a recent Canadian study sorted people by mode of travel — walking, biking, driving, bus, intercity train, and intracity metro — and found that people who walk, bike, or take the intercity train are more satisfied with their commutes than others.
Meanwhile, a British study found that people who walk, bike, or take any form of public transit have lower rates of obesity than people who drive, after controlling for other forms of exercise and socioeconomic factors.
The benefits from active travel generally outweigh health risks from air pollution and therefore should be further encouraged. When weighing long-term health benefits from PA against possible risks from increased exposure to air pollution, our calculations show that promoting cycling and walking is justified in the vast majority of settings...
“There are all sorts of reasons why bike accidents are likely to be dramatically underreported,” he said. Unlike auto accidents, they rarely involve either an insurance claim or a police report. And injured cyclists may not go to emergency rooms. Even those with a broken collarbone may see an orthopedist instead.
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Plastic shells keep our heads from coming open, but they also deter us from riding bicycles. And riding bicycles is good for people and Earth.
We love giving lip service to the value of fair play, but with society so often sending a different message, our kids might think we're delusional to say that cheaters never prosper.
Going for a ride is good for your heart and muscles, and it may improve how you walk, balance, and climb stairs.
Teams go to enormous lengths to keep weary riders from getting sick, from quarantines and ginger shots to personal washing machines; don’t sneeze on the buffet!
Many cities are keen on dockless share-bike schemes such as oBikes or Reddy Go, and for good reason. They promote greater physical movement, help solve transport problems in congested cities, and can be fun.
But there’s a downside. Share-bikes can litter our cities and be found in rivers, up trees, in gutters, and strewn around public places. One of the reasons for this is culture.
It’s been one pedal forward and two pedals back on the great fixed wheel of cycling life lately.
The mission of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) is to help create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities across North America by encouraging and supporting the efforts of individuals, organizations, and agencies.
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At People Powered Movement, we strive to provide the most accurate information regarding advocacy to increase bicycling and walking throughout the U.S. Our goal is to create, strengthen and unites state/province and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations.
We provide a unified front for advocating for bicycling on a national level, a strategic center to ensure collaboration between each piece in the bicycling movement, and the ability to support local efforts through our financial, community and communication resources.
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Since 1973, our mission has been to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fitness, fun, and self-discovery.
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On this web site you can find (or become) a cycling coach, read coaching articles about bike training and other related topics, discover book reviews and abstracts of sports science papers, and keep up to date with cycling news.
Audax United Kingdom (known as Audax UK or AUK) is the foremost long-distance cycling association in the UK, and the biggest in the world. It was established in 1976. AUK oversees the running of long-distance cycling events, and, using a system of timed checkpoints, validates and records every successful ride.
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Systematically and mercilessly disassembling, flushing, greasing, and re-packing the cycling culture.
BikeHacks.com comes to you from both coasts of the USA. We write BikeHacks 'cause we love bikes. We dig up all kinds of cool, interesting and useful stuff, from the funky to the functional. Enjoy!
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Where cyclists share, connect and get up to speed.
BikeNZ is strategically positioned to bring about significant economic, environmental, educational, health and social benefits for New Zealanders.
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BikeReg.com was created and founded by Steve and Kathryn Roszko in 1999. As a competitive cyclists and race promoters, they knew both sides of the registration table and realized there had to be a simpler, more effective way to handle registration.
BikeReg.com offers an extensive suite of tools that enhance the registration experience for everyone.
BikeRide.com lists bicycling events for the entire U.S. and Canada.
Boulder, Colorado-based contributor Joe Lindsey offers investigative journalism, analysis and humor about cycling. A popular slogan in this cycling and university town is "Keep Boulder Weird." Lindsey's certainly doing his part.
Founded in 1967 we have, for the past 37 years promoted the sport and pastime of cycling for all young people and have offered opportunities for an increasing number to enjoy the benefits of all aspects of cycling.
The Canadian Cycling Association is a National Sport Organization whose main reason for being is the organization and promotion of cycling in Canada.
News from around Canada, and around the world. Check back here every day for the latest news about racing, events, people and places.
Copenhagenize Design Co. believes in liveable cities and in the integral role the bicycle plays in our return to them.
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Welcome to Cycle1st. Your number one resource for finding quality cycling related websites on the web.
CycleLove is dedicated to finding the best of bike culture and delivering it to you. Why? Because we believe in the power of the humble bicycle to liberate, empower and inspire body & soul.
By joining our free online community you will have access to post new topics, communicate privately with other cyclingforums.com members (PM), respond to polls, upload photos and access other special features like product reviews and classifieds
I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, but now live in the United States. It's for this reason that I often, but not exclusively, write about Colombia within the context of cycling. My admittedly second-rate writing represents my attempt to help document a nation's history within the sport. The blog's tone is decidedly schizophrenic, with one post focusing on Colombia's cycling history, and the next being about Johan Museeuw's hair implants. If you're willing to put up with that lack of focus, you may enjoy the blog.
Giving cycling fans access to timely and quality information about the racing taking place in Asia is the number one objective at Cycling iQ. Europe’s status as the home of professional road cycling is almost beyond question, but the qualitative/quantitative gap continues to narrow. Unfortunately, most of the international cycling media hasn’t yet received the message, even though structural changes in the global economy may eventually see Asia overtake Europe in terms of opportunities for cycling as a whole. On this site, you’ll find coverage of every UCI AsiaTour race that I attend in person, or can get reliable information on.
The world centre of cycling.
If you love to ride, then Cycling Plus is the magazine for you. Cycling Plus is packed with unrivalled, expert reviews of the latest road bikes and gear, inspirational routes and rides from the UK and around the world, evocative features that take you inside every aspect of cycling and unmatched nutrition, fitness and training advice guaranteed to help you get the best from yourself and your bike.
Cycling Scotland is core funded by the Scottish Government to bring cycling out from the fringes of everyday life and into the mainstream.
Up to date information covering the world of cycling.
CyclingTips is an Australian-based website that seeks to share the beauty of cycling and to inspire cyclists of all levels to become better and more knowledgeable riders.
We’re focused mainly on road cycling — from the professional cycling scene through to challenging local recreational rides — but we occasionally dabble in other disciplines (including mountain biking and cyclocross) if something particularly interesting comes our way.
CCC is a free support group designed for people who have beaten or are still fighting cancer - and also love cycling! If you fit the profile, we hope you'll join the team, and keep spinning...
CTC inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.
To make cycling and cycling coverage more awesome. I try to write posts that challenge prevailing wisdom in the cycling world, and peel back layers of analysis beyond what you generally get from the mainstream news sites. I also like to create unique content you just won’t get anywhere else.
The European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) is pledged to ensure that bicycle use achieves its fullest potential so as to bring about sustainable mobility and public well-being. To achieve these aims, the ECF seeks to change attitudes, policies and budget allocations at the European level.
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I had known I needed to lose weight, but hadn’t really done much about it. As I pushed my bike up the road, I realized I had not tried one very successful diet tactic: humiliation. I resolved to start a blog, embarrassing myself by proclaiming my weight on a daily basis, no matter how bad I was doing.
What do you get when you combine an awesome experience at l’Eroica with the sewage from Lancegate? The realization that cycling is the greatest sport on earth. And if a bunch of doped up bozos can’t agree with that without sticking a needle in their arm, that’s their problem. It shouldn’t be yours or mine.
Ted King wears spandex and flies all over the world as part of his job. Is he a superhero? Some say yes. He does some other cool stuff too. A two-wheeled philosopher and supremely culinarily adept, he snaps photos worth 1,000 words apiece, is a loving brother, a gracious son, and is penning his tale right here on iamtedking.com.
A non-governmental, nonprofit, advocacy organization, promoting sustainable transport and international understanding. Major areas of activity are non-motorized urban planning, economic development, bike safety education, responsible travel and bicycle tourism, and cross-cultural, educational programs
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) was founded in 1988 by a group of California mountain bike clubs concerned about the closure of trails to cyclists.
As the founder of Iva Jean, I want women to see my products and feel inspired. I want them to get on a bike and ride with the style, personality and confidence they bring to every other aspect of their lives, whether they are commuting to work or cruising around town.
The Japan Cycling Federation (JCF) is responsible for unification and representation of the various aspects of the Japanese cycling world. It is our hope that the development and popularization of this sport will also contribute to everyone's health and well-being.
The League was founded as the League of American Wheelmen in 1880. Bicyclists, known then as "wheelmen", were challenged by rutted roads of gravel and dirt and faced antagonism from horsemen, wagon drivers, and pedestrians.
The League of Veteran Racing Cyclists provides racing for cyclists who are veterans. To be eligible to join you must be 40 years of age or more; the League is open equally to male and female bike racers.
London Cycling Campaign's vision is to make London a world class cycling city.
London Cyclist exists to make your every day cycle that bit more enjoyable. It is there for anyone who cycles in London or anywhere in the world. Through London Cyclist you get fantastic articles that encourage you to cycle more often and explore more of London. You also get to connect with fellow cyclists and exchange tips, ideas and stories.
My City Bikes is a public health project to benefit communities across the United States and Canada by providing a simple mobile resource to encourage cycling. Whether for fun, fitness or transportation, My City Bikes serves as a definitive guide to each participating community’s cycling opportunities.
Connecting the Coasts with a Bicycle Highway Network.
CTC, the national cycling charity, has been protecting and promoting the rights of cyclists since 1878 and is funded through its membership fees and donations.
Native Planet Cycling is a group of riders passionate about climbing hills with like-minded cyclists.
NICF membership is open to anyone in Northern Ireland, and operates similar to a Club membership
Pedal Magazine is Canada's premier cycling publication covering all aspects of the sport. Pedal was established in 1986 as a regional publication for the Niagara region.
Bike racing is just about the most fun thing you can do, and I think reading about bike racing should just as fun as doing it!
Prime Coaching is a voluntary organisation committed to raising the standards of coaching and cycle racing in British Cycling Central Division.
Welcome to ProcyclingLive – live updates from procycling events around the world
Many internet sites offer post race information and results, but wouldn’t it be nice to have easy access to information as it happens. And actually feel part of the excitement of the race.
ProcyclingLive offers you live race updates on Twitter, race information on Facebook and on this website to make sure you can follow procycling events on your phone or via the internet regardless of time zone or location.
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What’s in a Name? The work you see on Red Kite Prayer had its beginnings on another blog, Belgium Knee Warmers. BKW was created to comment on the passions of a few devoted cyclists. From arcane details of race preparation to the best way to wash a bike, the contributors to BKW wrote about their knowledge and experiences.
ConsumerREVIEW.com is the leading source of user-generated buying advice for outdoor sporting goods and consumer electronics.
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Rouleur is the highly acclaimed cycling magazine, issued eight times a year. It brings together leading cycling writers and photographers to convey the essence and imagery of road racing.
You can race fast, and you can live long, but are achieving both goals a reasonable expectation?
We're a peer-to-peer bike, ski, snowboard, SUP, and surfboard rental platform.
Unable to sell capes – at least until we find a way to fly, TENSPEED HERO works up a sweat crafting gear for you to sweat in. We picture steep cliffs, hot tarmac, and breezy coasts as we design with primary colours and other ones, too. Always considering a cyclist’s swiftness and deft determination, if our small friend-based company had a board of directors it would be called the wheel of directors. Together in vibrant regalia, we aim to keep you awake and dreaming.
The Collarbone is a photography journal for the iPad documenting the beauty and eccentricity of professional bicycle racing.
This project is about the adventures of a guy who loves to bicycle. I also happen to have Crohn's disease, and later complications from it, which required me to have emergency ileostomy surgery in July of 2009. I'm hoping to show that having guts doesn't require guts! And, that life with a chronic illness can still be pretty awesome, despite the challenges. And maybe, just maybe, in the process I'll make some sense of the happenings of my life.
The Inner Ring is a blog about cycling and cycle sport, especially pro cycling. News, comment, opinion and chat feature here. The aim is to give a different take on the sport and sometimes have a look at things that might get overlooked by the mainstream cycle sport media.
The Outer Line...is a path taken by cyclists who are unable to break into the lead-out train, but whose strength, resolve and tactical sense can lead them to victory.
Who is the Radavist?
A group of individuals who share a love of cycling and the outdoors. We will always stop for a photo, or to hit a rope swing… Rubber side up!
The world's biggest cycling race.
It is almost embarrassing to admit how much I love the sport. I can get passionate about every facet–the history and traditions, the famous riders and personalities, from Anquetil to Hinault to Merckx to Armstrong. I love the equipment, the wheels, the gear ratios, the sound of the cranks turning, the adrenaline on a fast descent, the hard climb, driving the pedals. I like lycra, micro-fiber, cool, absurdly over-priced sunglasses, I like the classic steel frames, the carbon art forms, the ti goodies that never stop coming. I love the sounds of cycling, the landmarks of the great races. Paris-Roubaix, Le Ronde, the Vuelta d’Espana, Giro and the Tour. Vive le tout. Sestriere, Alpe d’Huez, Tormalet, the Arenberg Forest and Carrefour l’Arbre, the moonscape of Mont Ventoux.
Road, track, cyclo-cross, mountain bike, BMX, trial, indoor cycling (artistic cycling and cycle-ball) and paracycling. The list also includes cycling for all (races and rides open to the general public).
"United Bicycle Institute is the industry's leading technical school offering courses in repair, frame building, and mechanic certification for beginner to advanced technicians."
There is now one single BMX sanction in the United States; devoted to making this sport bigger and better than it has ever been. From now on, when folks talk about BMX Racing - it’s not going to be a battle of whether you race NBL or ABA, whether you are NorCal or SoCal, East or West... from here on out, we are all USA BMX.
USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States. The 501c3, membership-based organization aims both to achieve sustained success in international cycling competition and to grow competitive cycling in America.
Le tout nouveau president de l'Association des Coureurs Professionnels nous parle de sa mission, de ses objectifs ainsi que des controles anti-dopage.
The best in cycling audio.
Extensive site on cycling.
The current site offers the broadest range of content yet -- same-day racecoverage, news, features, and user forums.
An awesome online mountain bike community with top-notch videos, photos, reviews, and event coverage. Boosh!
Vulpine doesn't just make clothes, it also does a good job on blogging.
What Mountain Bike is the magazine for all cross-country and trail riders. Written by the most respected team in the business, What Mountain Bike shows readers what to ride, where to ride and how to ride. Packed with inspiring writing and photography, it's an essential ingredient in any mountain biker's diet.
Women’s Cycling.ca, your trusted cycling resource for: training tips, fitness facts, sports nutrition, cycling skills and techniques, bike maintenance and more.