Even if you ride your bike every day for years, cycling during winter can be challenging. You may find the sight of snowfall as a perfect excuse to avoid hopping on your bike. However, cycling in the winter can come with many benefits. Riding in the cold weather helps you burn more calories, use oxygen more efficiently and make you a more skilled cyclist.
As an avid bicyclist, there is no such thing as an off-season when it comes to you and your bike, even in Colorado's harsh winters. No matter how experienced you are biking in all types of weather, it never hurts to brush up on each season's hazards.
Biking accidents in Colorado seem to be occurring more and more frequently, often causing extremely severe injuries and even fatalities. Some choices bikers make may be contributing to their risk of accident and resulting death. While following the rules of the road is of utmost importance for cyclists, taking additional precautions can reduce risk of accidents.
All methods of transportation have risks, but bicyclists face unique dangers. A report by Denver Public Works shows that each year between 2008 and 2012 averaged 265 bicycle crashes. That only counts the number of accidents that were ultimately reported.
More people than ever before are using their bikes to commute to work. An article from USA Today explains the trend, which found the total number of people who bike to work has increased by 60 percent in the last decade.
Some bikers stick to the road. Some bikers stick to the trails. Many, however, bike to work during the week and hit the trails on the weekend.