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Use Caution Riding Bikes as You Get Older

| Jul 12, 2016 | Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents

Many of us learned to bike as kids, and many of us continue to do so.  I know I don’t get to ride nearly as often as I’d like There is no reason to not to try and brush off those pedals and go for a spin, but if you’re over the age of 45, try not to push it too hard. The Journal of the American Medical Association found that the injuries sustained by bicyclists over the age of 45 increased by 23 percent, nearly a quarter more over their younger peers.

As with many statistics, this news should be taken with a grain of salt. There are always a multitude of factors that can result in skewed values. For example, there is actually an increase in the number of bicyclists over the age of 45, and an increase from there of cyclists who engage in sport cycling. It is not entirely risk born of age, and if anything the American people are showing that age really is just a number as they take to a pair of wheels. Still, our bodies aren’t always what they were before, and we need to be aware of our limits. If you’re biking to try and get back in shape, remember that you won’t get back there all at once. It takes time and practice. For everyone out there, remember to be safe. Wear a helmet, stay alert, ride with traffic, and obey the law. Stay safe and have fun out there!

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