Inside Cycling - November 6th, 2019 |

Inside Cycling (Nov 6th, 2019)

Mandatory helmet laws recommended / Top NY cycling studios / Bike maintenance in the rain

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Hi Inside Cycling readers,

We have a lot of health-based news in store today — the best sources of potassium for cyclists, potential helmet laws, cycling studios and more. In other news, Inside Cycling is being scaled back to once a week, so we’ll see you again next Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter in the meantime, and get outside on the bike this weekend!

 — Hailey

1. The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended mandatory helmets in all 50 states. The NTSB says head injuries are the leading cause of cyclist deaths and helmets are the most effective way to reduce the risk of injury, but less than half of cyclists wear helmets. At the moment there are no states that require all cyclists to wear helmets, although some require them for younger riders. The NTSB wants all 50 states (and Puerto Rico) to create laws requiring helmets for cyclists. In theory, helmet laws could prevent injuries and deaths, but in practice, they often aren’t followed or deter cyclists from riding altogether. — TIME/amNY

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2. An experimental cycling program in the UK showed health benefits for patients. The Cycle for Health program ran trials in West Yorkshire with 141 people, who were all fairly sedentary prior to the program, participating; the project was sponsored by charity Cycling UK along with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. The results of the trials are in: People said they felt more confident and relaxed after the 12-week program. Now, the program might be expanded to the rest of the country. — CYCLING WEEKLY

3. By the Numbers: 806 cyclists died in crashes with motor vehicles in 2017. According to a study released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board, drivers overtaking cyclists by passing the bike riders too soon was the biggest cause of death among cyclists; the report was the most comprehensive look at bicycle safety in 47 years. The number of cyclist deaths caused by drivers last year was 857, which was the highest it had been since 1990. In one-third of those deaths, the driver did not see the bicyclist before the crash, so increasing cyclist visibility might help lower the number of deaths. — MCCLATCHY  

4. FloSports locked down broadcast rights for the 2020 Giro d’Italia. Today, FloSports announced that the company renewed its deal to broadcast big races such as the Giro on The Tour of Flanders and Milan-San Remo are just a few of the other races that will be available on in 2020. However, only pro subscribers are able to access the live and archived races, with a pro subscription costing $30 per month or $150 per year. If you don’t want to pay that price, you can also watch 2020 cycling events with NBC Sports Gold for $50 per year. — SPORTSVIDEO/OUTSIDE ONLINE

5. CBS New York published a list of the top cycling studios in New York. Looking for a workout in the city? Harlem Cycle is a popular choice on ClassPass and Yelp, while Simply Fit Astoria has classes that feel like a party but still provide a great workout. Limitless Fitness Studios in Staten Island is also popular and hosts classes for all fitness levels. — CBS NEW YORK

6. A UK man has been cycling for 67 years and is about to hit one million miles. Russ Mantle started recording the miles in 1952 and has owned one of his current bicycles since 1964. On Thursday, he plans to take a five-mile bike ride that will tip him over the one million mile mark. This year, Mantle, 82, has covered 8,000 miles via bike; he sold his car in 2015 as he was only driving 50 miles a year. — THE SUN

7. Andre Greipel has signed with Israel Cycling Academy. Greipel raced with Arkea-Samsic during 2019 and ended his contract in favor of Israel Cycling Academy at the beginning of October. For Greipel, the new team will be a motivating environment; for the other new riders with Israel Cycling Academy, Greipel will provide invaluable experience, says team manager Kjell Carlstrom. — VELO NEWS

8. Eating a daily avocado has big health benefits. A recent study showed that eating one avocado each day could help improve your levels of the bad kind of cholesterol. Avocados are also an excellent source of fiber and potassium; many cyclists turn to bananas to level up their potassium, but avocados can also do the trick if you’re tired of the other fruit. — BICYCLING

9. Annemiek van Vleuten raised $11,000 for young cyclists. World champion van Vleuten gave back by selling some of her signed clothing at a bike shop last weekend. The sale generated almost €10,000 with the money going to buy mountain bikes for a local kids’ cycling club. — CYCLING NEWS

10. Should you clean your bike after riding in the rain? One Redditor wants to know. “A quick wipe and relube of the chain couldn’t hurt,” said user willstew1848, adding that they feel deep cleaning the chain isn’t worth it. If you do decide to clean your bike, NeighbourhoodStoner added, “Make sure to get microfibre/soft car cleaning towels to wipe down/clean your bike. Normal hand towels will scratch your paint.”

Inside Cycling is written and curated by Hailey Hudson, an Atlanta freelance writer with a love for all things fitness and sports. Hailey performs an equal mix of journalism and content marketing services for clients such as Sitejabber, Barnes & Noble Education and FloSports. In her spare time, she writes YA novels, tap dances and snuggles with her beagle puppy Sophie. Follow her on Instagram @haileyh412.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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