COLUMBUS Bicycling has many benefits including great exercise, getting to or maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of health problems.
"Bicycling has the ability to provide a great cardiovascular workout for children and adults without strain on joints such as the knees that can occur with jogging," said Curt Gingrich, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., executive director, medical education at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.
When riding a bike, however, everyone must protect their head and face by wearing a helmet that meets government standards; wear bright, reflective clothing; use padded gloves to protect your hands; and use a comfortable seat set at the correct height to reduce buttock pain and leg strain.
In addition, effective bicycle safety should include checking the brakes and making sure there are no loose or broken parts on the bike. Reflectors and lights make you and your bicycle more visible to drivers especially early morning and near dusk.