May13
A Bicycle Built For Two

May is National Bike Month. Cycling has many benefits for more mature riders. Health benefits including slowing the aging process, reducing the chance of falls in everyday life, improved mental health, and overall improvements in well-being are advantages you get from cycling. The right equipment can make all the difference. Always wear a helmet, sturdy shoes, and light-colored or highly visible clothing so motorists can see you. Gloves, long-sleeved tops, and full-length pants can offer your skin some protection if you have a fall.

If you are buying a new bike, ask to test ride a few to see what type suits you. Here are a few suggestions from a list of "66 Best Bikes for Seniors":

Comfort Bikes

Designed to meet the ergonomic interests of the senior rider, comfort bikes offer an upright posture, combined with flat bars and a lightweight aluminum frame. Saddles are wide and cushioned. Most models employ wide, low-pressure tires.

Electric Bikes

Excellent for new riders and for those who are re-entering leisure cycling. Electric bikes and stationary bikes are also perfect for rehabilitation, where riders have an existing injury or persistent pain. The best e-bikes offer varying levels of electric assistance so that you can adjust your own desired level of pedal input. Electric bikes are now available in almost all the regular bike styles.

Cruisers

Typically found at the beach, they are a low-cost option for shorter rides at a relaxed pace. Cruisers place the rider in an upright, seated position with excellent visibility. Some models allow you to place both feet flat on the ground while seated. Wide, padded saddles are comfortable and suit the cruiser's posterior-centric ride position. Lightweight aluminum model makes riding easy.

Tricycles

Tricycles are heavier and slower than most bikes, making them a good choice for riders who want to take their time. Most models have a basket and the ability to carry cargo like groceries, small pets, or even your fishing gear. Electric models give a motorized boost, helping to overcome the tricycle's weight. They're very stable, especially on the straights.

Tandem Bike

The "Bicycle Built For Two" is one of the most highly rated bikes when it comes to pure fun. They're great for vacations and bonding with partners, close friends, or family. Tandems can be a bit pricey, and they are heavy, so look for lighter aluminum models. It can be a challenge to find a model that comfortably fits both you and your partner. When riding together, focus on fun, coordination, and cooperation!

If you are thinking of cycling for the first time or haven't exercised in a while, consult your doctor and start slow. This may be the perfect time to enjoy bike riding again.

Twin Lakes Community residents enjoy the benefits of a bike riding club on campus, where fitness and comradery meet. At Twin Lakes Community in Burlington, North Carolina, we believe in aging successfully. That means engaging at the highest level possible and participating in meaningful experiences every day. THRIVE, our comprehensive wellness program, helps you do just that. Just for fun, take a listen to " A Bicycle Built For Two" by Nat King Cole. You won't be able to get the tune out of your head. You can thank us when you get here.


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