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Take pleasure in The Advantages of Train However Keep Protected – BionicOldGuy

Take pleasure in The Advantages of Train However Keep Protected – BionicOldGuy


A few days in the past, fellow blogger Tony posted this: Most types of train are overwhelmingly protected – however don’t ignore the hazards. Thanks, Tony. It’s primarily based on an attention-grabbing examine lately revealed within the journal Harm Prevention [1]. By analyzing accident statistics in England and Wales within the interval 2012-2017, they got here up with damage charges for numerous exercise-related actions. Biking had an damage charge of two.8 per 100,000 outings, whereas strolling had 0.03 per 100,000, and health actions (e.g. health club participation) had 0.21 per 100,000. All of those are comparatively low, I’m solely more likely to get injured about as soon as each 33,000 rides, and it may be argued that the well being advantages of the exercise outweigh the damage threat. However observe that biking had 100 occasions the damage charge of strolling. So it is smart to do no matter doable to reduce the dangers. That is very true in my case, as within the few years I’ve been penning this log, I’ve accrued the train advantages of many hours of exercise. However I’ve additionally: damaged a collarbone in a motorbike crash, ripped my rotator cuff in a mountaineering fall, and needed to go to the hospital for a head trauma (fortunately not too extreme).

For biking, listed below are some apparent security measures:

  1. Accident threat increased at evening than through the day, so if doable keep away from using at evening, in any other case have good lighting and brilliant reflective clothes.
  2. Accident threat is increased at busy roads on rush hour. Using at these occasions could also be unavoidable for bike commuting, nevertheless it helps to seek out alternate routes on quieter roads. Again within the late Seventies I used to be commuting from Mountain View Ca to Palo Alto. Palo Alto is now thought of a bike-friendly metropolis however was significantly much less so again then. I bear in mind my route went midway on Central Expressway, which had a pleasant bike lane, however then become Alma Ave, a busy road with no bike lane and a slender shoulder. I rapidly mapped out a route that averted Alma Ave by utilizing quieter streets, in any other case I won’t be right here to put in writing this weblog.

I used to be already doing measures like these and others like holding my bike well-maintained. My latest accident brought about me to rethink what I may need completed in another way, and I got here up with: Use fatter tires. The bike I crashed on is taken into account a “gravel bike” and will have been sure-footed on the highway I used to be on. It got here with 32 mm huge tires, and once they wore out I changed them with 25 mm to be quicker. Security first! I’ll be placing 32s again on the bike quickly. I’ve additionally all the time prided myself on being a “fearless descender”. For the reason that crash occurred on a downhill flip, I feel it’s time to relatively take pleasure in being a “cautious descender”.


  1. Davies M, Lawrence T, Edwards A, et al, “Sport-related main trauma incidence in younger individuals and adults in England and Wales: a nationwide registry-based examine”, Harm Prevention Printed On-line First: 24 October 2023. doi: 10.1136/ip-2023-044887.



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