The very idea of riding a bike can bring back joyous childhood memories. Bike riding isn’t just a fun pastime; it is an activity that promotes general health and wellness. Many people even ride their bike to and from work, school, the store, or anyplace else they need to go in their local area. With all the advantages that bike-riding provides, it’s hard to think that there could be a downside to it. There is, and the evidence may be found on your knees.
Yes, riding a bike could lead you toward a knee injury. This goes beyond flying over the handlebars during an extreme mountain-bike session. The routine use of a bicycle could irritate the knee joints. Here are a few ways to make sure you’re not pedaling toward disaster.
Get the Height Right
Seat height is one of the most important factors in physical comfort when bike-riding. Adjusting the seat, however, may not be the first thing that one contemplates when hopping on a vehicle that is not their norm. Just about every major city has automated bike-rental stations that provide instant transportation for people of all ages. Anytime you prepare to cycle, be mindful of the seat. If positioned too low, the front part of the knee is at risk for a strain. If too high, the muscles and ligaments across the back of the knee may have to work too hard. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that, when a foot is on the pedal, the leg can extend fully at the down-pedal.
Don’t Work Harder than you Must
Many of the bikes that are made today have gears. Even if not a full ten-speed, the gears on a bike are intended to make your job easier, so use them. Working too hard to get uphill puts unnecessary tension on the knees, so down-shift before hitting that hill.
Fashionable Feet Don’t Fit
Footwear is essential to fashion, we know; but not when it comes to getting around on the bicycle. Tennis shoes and other walking or cycling shoes are most appropriate for any length of riding you plan to do. Heels, flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes could spell disaster on a bike.