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Bicyling = Bad

I know, I know. Once again, I've hit you with the inflammatory headline. But I'll remind you ever so gently that in my blog, "Important Statistics on Sports Injuries" BICYCLING is the most injurious sport, and that is undisputed. Did you ever crash on a bike? Did you ever see other people crash on a bike?

Of course, it's fun to ride a bike. My good friend Ken moved from Michigan to Boulder, Colorado to go to college around 1980. That's when he fell in love with biking. He competed in road races, and with the advent of the mountain bike, Ken rode hundreds and thousands of miles for 30 years. Then he had to have both knees surgically redone. And he can't wait to get back on that little, tiny seat I like to call "butt-floss." Ken's injuries are called "repetitive use injuries." He simply wore his knees out.

When you think of Lance Armstrong, what do you associate with his name? "Winner?" "Cancer survivor?" How about "Illicit drug user?" Or, "Cheater" or "Liar?" I am still baffled that folks do not associate Armstrong's TESTICULAR CANCER with the fact that his figs had nowhere to go for the thousands of miles he's ridden. Armstrong's injury stems from having his testicles in a (so-called) vice.

If you take informal surveys with your male friends who are over 40, and who rode their bikes 'til their nuts turned blue, you'll find that repetitive use knee injuries like Ken's, and nether- region maladies like Armstrongs are quite common. Men over 40 have enough problems with the under- carriage trifecta (testes, prostate, colon/anus) without the torture device labeled "bike," which is thinly veiled as exercise apparatus.

Look at the range of motion; bicycling puts all the power of the legs into a minute extension/flexion of the knee. The hips and ankles barely articulate.

The rest is all isometrics. The abdomen, the lower back, the chest, the upper back, shoulders, biceps, triceps, and neck must all stabilize against the gyration of the knees and ankles. Look at the posture! It's wretched! Horrible!

If you want to go for a Sunday ride, that's fine and fun and fulfilling. But bicycling is bad, especially for boys.



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