Cycling is a pretty popular pastime in Austin. Whether you ride the city’s streets, rolling hills, or many nature trails, safety should be your number one priority. Still, no matter how cautious you are, bike injuries and accidents happen.
Here is a rundown of some common cycling injuries, and how to avoid them:
1. Achilles or patellar tendonitis are overuse injuries caused by inflammation to tendons in the lower leg and knee areas.
- Rest for a few days at the initial onset of pain to avoid further damage.
- Later, vary your pedal cadence, and adjust your seat height.
- Hold onto your handlebars as you start to fall, allowing the bike frame and your body as a whole to absorb the force of the impact.
- Use a chamois cloth on the seat, or a lubricating cream on your skin, to help ease the discomfort of rubbing against the saddle.
- Make sure your bike properly fits your body’s size and alignment.
- Build in rest days between long rides to let your body heal.
- Add core-strengthening exercises during training to help support/balance pressure put on the lower back.
- Shortening the bike’s stem and moving the seat forward to hold your in a more upright position can help lighten your head’s load on the neck.