Bikes Lead The Way
Gone are the days when a cyclist was someone who lazily pedalled around the local village and it was the only real means of getting around in a reasonably efficient manner.
It is also no longer regarded as mainly the domain of children to own and play around with a bike. It is still true of course that for children the bike is usually a great step towards independence and follows on from the earlier wheels of trikes and ride on toys from which much younger children derive so much endless fun.
Adults would more commonly use the bike in sport and for pleasure. It has always been a common sight to see mum, dad and children out in local parks, enjoying the exercise and fresh air and many single people do the same.
However, nowadays there is a new dimension to bike riding and an increasing amount of bike equipment has come on the market to keep pace. Pumps, water bottles and pressure gauges are all commonly bought as everyday items for the cycling enthusiast, whether for mum, dad or child.
There is no doubt about it, cycling has taken the country by storm and it is set to increase dramatically after the amazing Team GB Olympic and Paralympic success.
Cycling is by no means just for the fit and able bodied. Anyone of any age can go cycling and take advantage of the activity with support from the wide range of bike equipment available.
The fantastic thing is that you can go at a leisurely pace if you don't want to do anything too strenuous or increase your pace as you get stronger. People with different disabilities can now enjoy a superb range of adapted bikes; there are specialised manufacturers who have recognised this and are bringing out new and better models all the time.
This means greater inclusivity for people with disability and professional sport has developed around this, with top disabled athletes being recognised for their sporting prowess. Athletes like Tanni Grey-Thompson and David Weir have hi-lighted magnificently just what can be achieved on specialised wheels.
It could only be a matter of time of course before commuters cottoned on to what is happening and have joined in the biking revolution. Go into most big cities in rush hour and even in the City you will see scores of commuters driving to work, complete with the best bike equipment.
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Author Claire Hunter recommends choosing quality bike equipment for your bicycle.