Tips to choose equipment
You probably know that a helmet is a must for safety. The right type of clothes and bike will also make cycling safer and more comfortable.
Cycling clothes. These have high-tech fibers that wick away moisture. They are usually neon-colored, with reflective material so you'll be visible to drivers. Bike shorts have a thick pad or chamois to prevent chafing and provide cushioning.
Bikes. Look for one that puts less stress on your body, such as a beach cruiser or comfort bike. Choose cycling equipment with high-rise handlebars that enable you to sit upright, wide tires for a smooth ride, shock-absorbing seat posts, and low top tubes so you don't have to swing your leg too high to mount the bike (allow at least an inch or two of clearance between you and the tube). If mounting a bike is difficult, look for step through bicycles that feature top tubes just six inches off the ground.
Other bike types include tricycles, which are helpful if you are less stable on your feet, and recumbent bikes that allow you to lean back and ride and choose cycling equipment. For spinal stenosis, a recumbent bike puts your spine in a flexed position and gives you pain relief. But if you have a herniated disk, the bike can make the disk bulge more, so be careful.
Get one with extra padding that's wide enough to support the pair of bones you sit on. Go even further with a saddle that relieves pressure on the perineum, the area between those bones, behind the genitals. It's home to nerves and arteries that supply the lower body, and too much pressure here may cause numbness and tingling in the legs. Pressure-relieving saddles may have a horseshoe design.
So to Choose Cycling Equipment you have many, many options you don't have to buy everything today. Shop around and find others that have purchased but do not ride anymore, and you can get equipment for less than a quarter of the costs. Most importantly is to have fun riding. Ride on.
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