Earlier today I was reading a post by Big Jim over at Fit Recovery. It’s worth a read as always and he sums it up nicely that cycling has never caused him an injury that has forced him off the bike.
I am firmly in the same camp. Cycling has never caused me any serious injuries. Sure, I’ve had the odd niggle when my bike wasn’t quite as dialled in as it should have been, but nothing that’s kept me off the bike. Certainly nothing that couldn’t be sorted with a few adjustments to my bike fit here and there. I can bang out 100+km rides without having to worry about breaking myself.
A big part of that is down to having my bike dialled in to near perfection, or at least as close as I can get without heading to a professional bike fit studio. That of course makes a HUGE difference. If you’re riding a poorly fitted bike then you’re setting yourself up for injury or an uncomfortable ride. Either spend some time researching proper fit or if you’re in serious pain, consult a professional.
That’s not to say I’ve had NO injuries. I’ve hit the bitumen a couple of times – thankfully no broken bokes! Sketchy patches of black ice and distracted drivers have caught me out in the past. Overall though, considering the miles I’ve covered over the years I’ve been incredibly lucky and/or blessed with trouble-free cycling. Riding a bike fast should only hurt in a good way!
Unlike some other sports, recreational hobbies and activities…
A bike is a fitness maker, not a body breaker!