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At this time of year everyone talks about making New Year’s Resolutions. Often such resolutions last a week or two before they’re broken and forgotten about. That’s not our modus operandi; We don’t wish to set you up with some unachievable goal – we want to help you become happier, healthier and to potentially introduce a fun activity into your life.
Cycling seems to work well for a lot of people in terms of being a sustainable activity one can build up over time gradually and enjoyably without really perceiving it as ‘exercise’ per se. It can be worked round one’s other interests and fit well into most people’s schedules, even becoming part of a healthy, energising and cheap commute to work for some.
Although we’re fairly moronic, we’re not complete and utter halfwits – we realise cycling isn’t for everyone. Plenty of Old Bleach members didn’t necessarily think cycling would be for them but it turns out, lo and behold, it is.
We get a lot out of cycling and it’s possible you may too. Why not give it a try to see whether it’s an activity which ‘clicks’ with you? What have you got to lose?
benefits: socialising, health, fitness & competition
Different people get different benefits out of cycling.
Some cycle purely for the fun of being out on a bike, chatting away with others and stopping for a cup of tea or coffee. All the time they’re surreptitiously gaining fitness and increasing their lifespan without proactively focusing on it. The average person who cycles to work will live in excess of 8½ months longer than those who drive. Obviously that shows cycling, without sticking to a definite training plan, can still be of immense benefit to an individual’s wellbeing.
Many people have found cycling equally as beneficial mentally as physically. For some it can be a great way of battling depression and may help with various other mental health issues. Unfortunately it’s not a magical cure for everything but could help and certainly won’t hinder.
Certain groups of cyclists are keyed in on following a strict training regime – using diet, heart rate monitors, power meters etc. This can be purely an exercise in maximising one’s fitness or may be in order to ready oneself for competition.
Competition in cycling takes many forms. The most common events promoted by local cycle clubs are Road Races and Time Trials. Even within these classifications there are many subcategories to suit varied ages, genders, tastes and abilities. Rather than bore you with all the details here we recommend you peruse the Cycling Ireland website (and others) at your leisure.
Old Bleach fully supports all its riders whatever his or her cycling desires are. For example, the time trialist is equal to the leisure cyclist in our minds. We want our club members to be happy and safe on their bikes. Whatever way they choose to use them is purely personal preference.
Safety is always the priority when cycling with Old Bleach. It would be perfidious of us to suggest there aren’t inherent dangers in cycling on a public thoroughfare; however it is possible to limit these to a much greater extent than one may imagine. By cycling in a logical, informed and thoughtful manner a group can remain very safe on our roads.
A ‘good’ cyclist is not necessarily a fast cyclist – a ‘good’ cyclist is a safe cyclist. Have a quick read through our Rules of the Road for a few pointers pertaining to considerate and safe cycling. Don’t feel you have to read it all; It does go on a bit.
goodbye and thanks for reading
Old Bleach is always on the lookout for new club members. We want to get more people to give cycling a go. Sure there’s every possibility you’ll find you don’t like it but there’s also a reasonable chance you’ll think it’s wonderful.
As we asked earlier, what have you got to lose by trying it? It doesn’t cost anything and you might reap huge benefits from it.
Please contact us if you have any questions whatsoever – we would be delighted to hear from you.