The population is growing heavier – and some bikes lighter – perhaps this should be the other way round
The BBC recently carried two weight related stories. Firstly, the trend towards obesity in children continues. This can obviously be distressing for the children and their parents and does not bode well for long term health. The story suggested that at age 11 1/3 of children are overweight. Whilst the core issue is simple – unless there are unusual medical issues, you put on weight when the energy you take in (eat) exceeds the energy you use (burn in exercise of one sort or another) – the reality is that it is hard for some of us to get the balance right. Cycling can help increase the amount of exercise we take and push the balance in the right direction.
On the other hand, the weight of bikes has generally fallen over the years. Physics tells us that a lighter bike will be easier to ride – particularly up a hill or when you are accelerating from a stand – however, there is evidence that the impact on commuters of moving from a normal bike to an ultra light one is pretty marginal or non existent. Read the full story.
We will be selling bikes of all sorts and will be very happy to sell you the most expensive carbon framed bike we can source! However, if your budget is modest, it need not stop you from enjoying cycling and unless you are in to racing, you may find it as much fun and as quick to have something a bit less flash. It is interesting to cycle round the Netherlands where the bikes are built with comfort and robustness in mind rather than weight. Admittedly they do not generally have the hills we find in the UK – but the fact that most bike shops are fitted with electric lifts to haul the bikes up to work on them says something about weight not being the only issue when it comes to buying a bike.