More and more Americans are staying physically active well into their later years. The benefits of lifelong exercise include better health and improved quality of life. Cycling is an especially good activity for older persons; it’s low-impact and has terrific cardiovascular benefits. Many seniors are on tight budgets, however, and can benefit from the cost savings associated with secondhand bikes. So here are some tips for choosing a great bike with the needs of mature persons in mind.
For most seniors, the best all-around choice will be a “comfort” or “cruiser” bike. These models have features such as high handlebars, wide tires, and well-padded seats. They also feature fewer gears for ease of riding and front- and rear-wheel suspension.
Most seniors will be comfortable with saddles that are between 8-12 inches wide. A layer of gel padding is a good idea as well. It provides enhanced comfort and protects the coccyx and perineum. Another important consideration is saddle design; horseshoe-shaped ones are especially comfortable and supportive, as are noseless ones or those with a deep indentation down the center. Leather is a good exterior material, as are the various moisture-wicking fabrics. They help to avoid chafing and keep the saddle dry.
Do a Test Run
Before buying any bike, take it for a short test ride in the parking lot. The handlebars should be set at a comfortable height, the saddle should not put undue pressure on any part of the body, and the knees should have a slight bend as the pedal reaches the bottom of the down stroke. A good bike shop will make sure that the cycle fits the rider comfortably.
If you’re an older person and live in or near San Antonio, then we encourage you to drop by Alamo Bike Shop soon. We’ll be happy to match you with the perfect secondhand bike for your needs and your budget.