Biking for Seniors
Benefits of Cycling for Seniors
For most seniors, retirement and trying to
improve your health go hand in hand. One of the best things
you can do to stave off heart disease, cancer, and other
chronic diseases is to hop on a bike. Bicycling is FUN!
And it doesn't have to be a chore like your average exercise
program. You can do it nearly anywhere; you can find bike
trails in the country or the city.
Best of all, to boost your health benefits
with a regular biking program, you don't have to become
a complete fanatic. A bike ride of a decent length a few
times per week will give you all the health benefits you
require without that gym club membership.
Reduced Mortality Rates and Reduced Cancer
According to the paper "The Health Benefits
of cycling: a systematic review", studies
demonstrated a strong correlation between commuter cycling
and decreased all-cause and cancer mortality rates in middle-aged
to elderly subjects. Cycling boosts heart health, lets you
lose weight more quickly, and keeps your muscles in shape,
all of which contribute to a longer life span and a healthier
Off Diabetes by Trimming Your Waistline
Whether you've been diagnosed as a diabetic
or you are just looking to keep the disease at bay, cycling
is one of the best ways to whittle down belly fat and raise
by the Harvard School of Public Health showed that premenopausal
women who cycled for just a few minutes a day gained 1.5
fewer pounds than women who did not bike over the course
of the study. If they boosted their ride to 30 minutes,
they gained 3.5 fewer pounds than women in the control group.
Is it Safe for Seniors?
Concerns about increasing brittleness of
bones and the likelihood of a heart attack maykeep some
seniors from getting on a bike. There is no need for concern
unless your doctor specifically tells you to stay off your
Studies have shown that the benefits
from cycling outweigh the potential risks by a ratio
of 20:1. The chances that you will end up in a serious accident
on a bike are far
less than the chances you have of being injured driving
your car. As with any exercise, you should consult with
your doctor if you have any health conditions that you should
consider before starting a new exercise regime.
Cycling is Economical
If you are living on a fixed income, it can
be easy to hole up in your house to conserve funds. Bicycles
don't use any gas and the only price you pay is occasional
maintenance and the initial cost of purchasing your bike.
Cycling is not just good for your own health, its good for
the environment and an excellent choice for the health of
Take a Cycling Vacation
Retired seniors, and those close to retirement,
look forward to that long deserved vacation! Bicycling vacations
are a great way to really see a country rather than just
being confined to a schlocky tourist area. On a cycling
vacation, you can watch the fields roll by in Tuscany, bike
through your favourite wine country in France, or see the
green hills of Ireland from a bike.
Companies like Backroads
make it easy to fit into the right skill level by offering
easy and regular biking vacations, but you should train
yourself up by going on bike rides of the same lengths as
those you'll be experiencing on your tour. Getting in physical
shape in advance of your trip, even if it's just on a stationary
bike, will help both your mind and body adjust to the new
experience. Bike touring companies also provide the bikes
and equipment so you don't have to deal with the hassle,
and the logistics of bringing your own bike, making the
trip even more enjoyable!
Benefits of Cycling
Whatever your reasons for getting on a bike, you'll quickly
find it to be a highly addictive sport! An active cycling
life leads to new experiences, new sights, new friends,
and even a new fantastic body. There's no reason to not
get on a bike, and every reason to try it. So c’mon
seniors, let’s get biking!
More Comfort With the Spiderflex Seat
One of the main complaints of cyclists is
a problem with the design of regular bicycle seats. They
cause numbness in the groin area and that "numb bum"
sensation can turn to pain very quickly for those who go
on longer bike rides.
Spiderflex's hornless bike seat lets you go
on long rides without this unpleasant side effect and our
patended design provides greater comfort. Testimonials from
our Spiderflex riders show improved comfort with our ergonomic
saddle design, particularly when recovering from surgery
and being encouraged to use bicycling as a form of exercise
Noseless Saddle Solves Some Big Problems: Study
In the spring of 2006, Spiderflex Bike Components provided
40 Spiderflex REC saddles to Dr. Steven Schrader and his
NIOSH TEAM for the research study of nose-less bike saddles.
These Spiderflex REC saddles were distributed to bike patrol
police officers from five US metropolitan regions that participated
in the study.
Dr. Steven Schrader authored
a study published on the beneficial effects of these
noseless bicycle saddles in a 2008 issue of The Journal
of Sexual Medicine. In his study, ninety police officers
who rode bikes in their daily duties were examined using
both traditional bicycle seats and noseless bicycle saddles.
The findings showed that the lack of contact in the perineal
region from using a noseless saddle led to an increase in
erectile function, likely due to an increase in vascular
flow to the penis, and penile numbness decreased substantially
using the noseless bicycle seats. 97% of the police officers
involved in the study continued to use their noseless saddles
on completion of the study.
The Spiderflex REC bicycle seat isn’t just
more comfortable for extended rides on your bike. If you
are a male cyclist, it can help prevent enlargement of your
prostate and development of diseases of the prostate. The
Spiderflex REC bike saddle can also help with erectile
dysfunction, particularly if you use your bike daily or
for long trips.
The Spiderflex REC bike saddle is ergonomically
designed to address the problems of groin numbness
and pain, and reduce prostate compression. Our patented
design shifts the body's weight onto the "sit bones"
where it belongs, removing the pressure from the genital
nerve and artery which is also important for women.
of the Spiderflex REC saddle puts absolutely no pressure
on the groin area. The load pressure is redistributed to
the buttock area, where our seat pad slots "cradle" your
sit-bones. This takes the pressure off the lower back and
groin and ensures that you are always sitting comfortably
on your bike saddle.
Spiderflex Bike Components ensures a high-quality product
that directly addresses the needs of male riders. Our
patented saddles are engineered specifically with your
comfort in mind. The craftsmanship that goes into each saddle
is second to none and is far superior in quality to anything
that you may find in your local bike shop. Our seats are
retailed from our website where we can communicate directly
with our customers if any questions arise.
Your Full Money-Back Warranty
Spiderflex warrants that your seat will be free from defects
in material and workmanship for a period of one year from
the date of purchase for the original owner. If there are
any defects in craftsmanship or material, we will happily
take back the saddle and refund you the full purchase price.
30 Day Return Policy
You can try the saddle out with our 30 day money back guarantee.
Try it out! If it doesn't work out for you, just return
the saddle and only pay the shipping and handling.
Tim Stephenson - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
No pain I can ride again… Having just purchased
a semi-recumbent, which solved my shoulder and wrist dis-comfort,
I was determined to locate a better seat. After a short
search on the “net” I found the Spiderflex.
In a very short time the seat arrived and after some minor
adjustments I was riding without the numbness associated
with my previous seat. A “bent” rider sits in
a reclined position so the seat needed to be moved to the
proper angle...something that is easily done using just
one wrench and a couple of test rides.
Thanks Spiderflex for taking away the pain.
I am a woman in my mid-sixties who enjoys staying fit
by doing long-distance bicycling (40-60 mile rides and 7-10
day tours) I had been having serious deep pain in my right
buttock over the past couple of years whenever I rode more
than 15 miles. I tried several different saddles with no
improvement. A recent X-ray of my pelvic bones revealed
that there is a 0.75 in. knob on the bottom of my right
sit bone, a calcium/bone deposit due to a pelvic fracture
many years ago. The orthopedic doctor, who is a bicyclist,
didn't give me much hope for continuing the long-distance
riding that I love, so I searched online for alternative
bike seats. When I saw the Spiderflex saddle with the two
cutouts for sit bones, I reasoned that the knob of bone
would project into the cutout section and relieve the pressure
in that area.
It worked! It only took me a couple of
rides to become accustomed to the slanted seat. Now I don't
even think about it, and I have no more pain. The shock
is wonderful -- riding on bumpy roads has never been more
comfortable! Last month, I rode with the Spiderflex saddle
for the week-long, 300 mile Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure
(GOBA), facing heavy head winds each day. Recently, I rode
66 miles in very hilly terrain. In both situations, I was
carrying about 45 lb. of gear, in training for an upcoming
380-mile ride in the northwestern part of the US and Canada.
I also appreciate the personalized service
(tips and advice) I have received from the company, as well
as the prompt delivery of the saddle. Kudos to the Spiderflex
Company for a well-engineered saddle and a big thank-you
for giving me back my bicycling life!
Have a look at what more of our Spider
Riders have to say about the most comfortable bike seat
they’ve ever ridden! Order