Cycling, after all, can be said to be the fun exercise of all. What wouldn’t one give up just to take a ride on your dear bicycle across the street on a fine evening? There is nothing that can better this, right? There are always other options to stay healthy and fit, but very few that makes straining your body fun and cycling is one of those rare exercises. There are several myths associated with cycling and that has always been the barrier for many to not take up cycling. Let’s have a look at some of such myths. We have heard rumors taking rounds that cycling is essentially for men or you have to shave your legs before taking up cycling, or else if you’re hurt you may end up not having hair on the wounded area. Guess what, these are nothing more than myths. We are here to bust the top myths associated with cycling.
- Cycles are expensive: This one of the most circulated statements related to cycling that cycles are expensive. We would just like to say that cycles are if anything, very cheap and inexpensive compared to other vehicles. You may have to spend a lot of money on buying motorcycles or half a million in buying cars, but cycles will cost you less than one-fourth of the money you would be spending on buying a motorcycle. Hope, this is no more the reason that stops you from buying a bicycle.
- Cyclists should use cycle lanes: Yes, it is true that government has initiated the task of making cycle lanes for those people who wish to travel by cycle, but it is entirely false that cyclists have to stick to those cycle lanes only. It often happens that the cycle lanes that have been made are too narrow for many cycles to pass and every other time there is the issue of a mini traffic jam happening in the lanes and you may feel like you are standing in a queue waiting for your turn of redemption. The cycle lanes are an option you may avail if you wish, but you are also free to travel through the main roads even by cycling and none can stop you!
- Cyclists don’t pay road tax: Yes, it’s true that if you’re riding your cycle you need not pay road tax, but it is also true that whatever vehicle you use for traveling, you need not pay the road tax. Confused? Don’t be. Road tax was abolished long back in 1937 and the taxes the drivers pay is Vehicle Excise Duty, which depends on the carbon dioxide emissions made by the vehicle and riding a cycle definitely won’t emit carbon dioxide from your vehicles, freeing you from the taxes.
- Cyclists should keep left: It is most often said that if you’re riding a bicycle always keep left and stay away from the center of the road. We say try avoiding staying in the corners and ride more in the middle of the road, in that way you will be more visible to the riders behind. You also have to keep pace with the other cars, but try staying in the center.
- Cyclists can ignore red lights: If you think, just because you’re riding a bicycle you need not pay heed to the red light, you are wrong. The traffic signal is meant to maintain road safety and no matter whatever vehicle you might be on, from a cycle to a bus, always adhere to the traffic signal and save yourself from the fine and most importantly, an accident.
- Cycling is meant for the fit: This is an absolutely wrong idea that cycling is just meant for the fit. Anyone can cycle, irrespective of your figure. If anything, a cycle will help you get fit if done regularly. Do not let this myth stop you from riding your favorite vehicle.
- Cycling makes you all sweaty: Cycling is often associated with hard work and yes, it makes you sweaty if you do it as an exercise. But, if you ride your cycle slow in the twilight, enjoying the cool breeze of nature, I doubt that you will perspire. All you will have is just fun and enjoyment riding your cycle.
We hope that we have cleared you of all the doubts and queries regarding the cycling and broken the myths associated with this fun activity such that you may not be restricted by these obstacles to engaging in cycling. Shed all your worries and blast all your doubts and remember cycling is for everyone irrespective of what job you do or how fit you are. Do not waste any more time, sign up for Yulu, scan and rent a bicycle using our app and shatter all the myths you have heard related to cycling.