There are some cyclists that are under the belief that more water equals better performance when they ride. There are also those who feel a good drink of cold water should be a beloved reward when cycling. While how much water to drink is really up to personal preference, as with all things, science has some recommendations.
Researchers have taken to studying cyclists and their water imbibing habits, which has yielded some useful data. The study found that if you are prone to fast and short bicycle rides, you may actually want to lay off the water while in the activity. The research displayed that those who drank a lot of water on short rides ran a high risk of developing a stomach ache from fluid accumulating in the stomach alongside the water, leading to bloating.
Alternatively, if you are more of a long and leisurely cyclist, water consumption should follow a similar pace. The study shows that water consumed when thirst occurred shows that the cyclists put out better performance results than those that did not drink at all.
So, in essence, it is better to enjoy water at your own pace, and that pace is when you actually feel thirsty. Over drinking or not drinking any water is likely going to hurt not only your performance but also your body as well. So, like most doctors will say, drink water when you feel thirsty for a lifetime of happy cycling.
Unfortunately, no amount of water that you drink will protect you from a cycling accident. If you have been hurt while on a ride, you deserve compensation just like a driver in a car accident. If you have been in a cycling accident, contact us today. The Law Office of Gary Brustin can help you get the compensation that your injuries deserve.
Everyone knows that wearing a helmet helps keep you safe in the event of a cycling accident, but one study shows that wearing a helmet may also make cars feel safer around you. Unfortunately, that’s not really a good thing.
Cyclists Wearing Helmets
The study, originally conducted in 2007, has been the topic of much debate over the years, but it has finally been solidly reaffirmed and published in Accident Analysis & Prevention. The study conducted originally followed a psychologist that road the same stretches on his bicycle with a concealed camera and a ultrasonic sensor. Over 200 miles of riding and 2,355 encounters with cars with and without a helmet, he found that on average, cars passed around 3 to 5 inches closer when a rider was wearing a helmet. He also found that cars gave the widest berth to women on a bicycle without a helmet, which he tested by wearing a wig on some rides.
This study is problematic for cyclists and the cycling community that continues to be divided on the issue of helmets. Should you take this as an excuse to not wearing your bicycle helmet? Probably not. While the closer pass distance makes accidents more likely, the lack of a helmet while riding will make any accident more devastating.
Ideally, the solution to this would be for more states to pass mandatory safe distance passing laws for motorists and make sure they are enforced. However, when the passing distance is in a matter of inches closer, even law enforcement couldn’t enforce that. As such, this just adds another branch to the fire in the eternal debate in the cycling community on whether helmets make riders safer or less so.
Have you been in a cycling accident? If so, you were likely subject to substantial injury, and you deserve compensation to cover those medical bills. If you want representation for a cyclist – by a cyclist – contact us today to see what Gary Brustin can do to help.
Using your bicycle as a primary mode of transportation will eventually require you to haul things. Whether it is only a few bags of groceries or even larger cargo, you’ll need to ensure the stability of your load as well as your safety. Knowing what your capacity is will help you prepare-here are some guidelines for staying within your limits.
Weight Capacities can Vary
There is no one particular weight capacity that works for everyone. Several factors will play a role, including your age, fitness level, the type of bike you are riding, and local terrain. If you have other riders or are pulling a trailer, this will affect how heavy your load can be as well.
Long distance cyclists may carry around 100 pounds of gear with them. Mountain and cargo bikes on the other hand are capable of hauling between 300 and 600 pounds over very short distances. Subtract weight when riding uphill or traveling on a standard, recreational bike.
Avoid Awkward Loads
Weight is not the only thing you must be concerned with. Very light loads can also become a safety issue if they impair your vision or cause you to ride in an awkward position.
Improperly secured loads might also come loose and create a traffic hazard. Never try to ride while holding onto cargo, but instead make sure that all items are properly fastened before taking off.
Test Drive your Load
The biggest indicator of load size is how you feel when carrying it. Before heading out, take a short test spin to verify that:
- You are not straining to carry your items
- The bike does not wobble or become difficult to control
- Nothing shifts when you start, stop, or turn the bike
- You can fully access all controls
- Cargo does not block your vision or make it difficult for passing motorists to see you
Injured While Carrying Cargo? You may Require Legal Assistance
Bicycle injuries are more likely when riders are carrying cargo than at any other time. If you were hauling a load and were subsequently injured, you could need advice from an attorney. Please contact us to discuss your concerns.
Bicycle safety requires you to remain in control of your equipment at all times. That’s difficult to do if your model is either too big or too small. Choosing the right size two-wheeler is easy if you follow these tips.
Based Largely on Height
When choosing a road bike, start with the right size frame. The one you select will largely depend on your height. For example, if you are around five feet tall you would need a frame between 13 and 15 inches. On the other hand, you might need a 20″ model if you are approximately six feet tall.
Size charts are helpful, but the real test comes from “trying on” the bike. You should ideally be able to place your feet flat on the floor while straddling the top tube. You’ll need between one and two inches of space between the top tube and your crotch for maximum comfort.
Top Tube Length
The length of the top tube will affect how far you have to lean over the handlebars. The distance is usually a matter of personal preference, but can also depend on your torso length. One formula you can use to get you in the ballpark is to add your torso and arm lengths together and then divide by two. After you have gotten that number, subtract six to discover the ideal tube length.
Make the Necessary Adjustments
You are not finished once you have found the right size bicycle, as you will also need to adjust the seat height, pedals, and handlebars. Once you have completed the necessary adjustments, go for a test spin to make sure everything is just right before you head out on an extended ride.
Having the right fit does make you safer on the road; however, it cannot guarantee your complete safety. Bicycle accidents can happen even to the most meticulous riders. If you are involved in a bicycle accident, please contact us.