On your bike - again
Do you remember the sense of freedom and fun that you felt when you rode your first bike? Now could be a good time to rediscover it. These days we are lucky to have many parks and public cycle ways where you can ride without fear of cars1
and a large network of Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) and support groups have sprung up to support cycling2,3
. Most likely you’ll find that cycling has not lost its charm4
Cycling for people with Osteoarthritis
Cycling is a good choice of physical activity for people with Osteoarthritis, particularly those with Osteoarthritis of the knee, as it can help reduce pressure on the knee joint, compared to walking5
. Here are some useful tips:5
- Cycle slowly and on flat ground
- If the bike has gears, use a lower gear as this requires less strength
- To help relieve pressure on the kneecap adjust the seat to the highest level.
- choose a safe place, such as a park, to cycle and avoid situations in which you have to brake suddenly.
If you don’t feel confident in your cycling skills at present, a short refresher course would be a good idea6
. Check if your local park has a suitable course. Stationary cycling is also an option – using an exercise bike has proven benefits for people with Osteoarthritis7
An Australian study found that taking up cycling again can provide a sense of empowerment, broaden and invigorate social networks, and be a source of simple pleasure4