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Cycling Injury Prevention and Performance

The best way to avoid cycling injuries is to make sure that the bicycle is proper for the rider. There are different weights and sizes of bicycle that should be considered when deciding which to ride. It is also important to obtain and use the proper safety equipment including a helmet, padded gloves, or padded shorts.

Other ways to avoid injury include:

  • Changing hand position during a ride with avoidance of being on the “drops” for long periods of time.
  • Stretching of the hip and thigh muscles can allow for a more comfortable ride.
  • To avoid hand, wrist, and/or forearm injury do not allow the wrist to drop below the handlebar.
  • Wearing padded gloves as well as stretching the hands and wrists before riding can reduce the risk of upper extremity injuries.
  • Adhere to traffic laws including riding with traffic and in single file through areas that have a heavy volume of motor vehicles.
  • Ride with riders at a similar experience and fitness level too avoid rides that are too long, hard, and/or intense.