It’s time for one other episode of the FitFarmer podcast with co-hosts Shaun Haney and Gary Chambers!
The main target this time: cycling.
Via the pandemic, demand has been by way of the roof for gadgets reminiscent of skis, snowboards, and golf golf equipment. One other one so as to add to the checklist: bicycles. Whether or not or not it’s highway bikes or mountain bikes, there was an excessive quantity of ardour in the direction of the sport over the final 14 months.
Chambers says that is doubtless partly as a result of everybody has been compelled away from their workforce sports activities, so now they’re wanting for the individualized sports activities they will do, whereas being exterior, and cycling falls into that class.
“I also think a big part of it is stress management. People want to be outdoors for a little longer part of the day, because the days have been long with COVID,” explains Chambers. “Cycling is a great low-impact activity that you can go for an hour long ride, or an hour and a half ride at your own pace. You’re not going to go for a walk or a jog for two hours, but it’s not hard to kill two hours on a bike. I think that’s a big part why people in general are out there.” (Story continues beneath interview)
Chambers initially obtained began cycling when he was taking his bodily schooling diploma in Edmonton, Alta., and he rapidly realized that it was one in all the extra environment friendly methods to commute round the metropolis.
A part of the technique of with the ability to bike greater than an hour at a time — and nonetheless with the ability to really feel these sit bones by the finish of it — is having a bike that matches you and your physique sort particularly.
“I think sometimes people just jump on the bike and pedal, and I see it all the time,” Chambers says. “I think a lot of people put pressure on their sit bones because their saddles are either too low, or they’ve got too much weight back on the bikes. So getting a bike fit at whatever shop you buy it at, is actually pretty important to your own comfort.”
Certainly one of the important questions that folks have when contemplating moving into cycling is what sort of bike to purchase. In case you’ve stepped right into a bike store earlier than, you recognize there are various completely different makes and fashions. Chambers says the key’s to know what sort of biking you will be doing.
“I find there is really an overemphasis on ‘special’ bikes, or bikes that are unique for every type of terrain,” he says. “But the reality is, where you are riding. For a lot of people, you are riding on bike trails — maybe a little bit of dirt, or hard packed — if that’s where the bulk of your riding is on, you want to focus on potentially a mountain bike, which can be versatile for all of it. Or, you might be on a bit of a hybrid bike that will give you a little bit of an upright body position, and allows you to be a little more comfortable.”
When you’re contemplating moving into biking, don’t neglect to attempt to help your native bike store — even when it means taking that Canadian Tire/Costco/Wal-Mart bike in for a tune-up as soon as in awhile. That professional assist can actually make your biking expertise change for the higher.