To bring practical information to the normal person.
However, like any good thing, there are liabilities — especially if one takes it to the extreme and decides to undertake a long bicycle expedition. So before you embark on one of these demanding tours, here are 10 potential side effects that you should be aware of before you make the final decision and saddle up.
What is more serious however is that in spite of eating twice or three times as much as you are used to, despite consuming more sugar calories than you can calculate, you will most likely lose weight.
Disconnect from Reality About 15 days into your ride you will start disconnecting from your known reality. You will no longer care about politics, politicians, elections, Hollywood, rumours and all the other noise of modern society — maybe even sports in extreme cases.
You will gain peace and tranquillity.
That was 10 years ago. She is still at it and just wrote a book about cycling in Myanmar. Serious change of perspective, indeed!
Upon his return, he took a look at his present, functional bathroom and declared: No reason to renovate. Danger of Addiction If you read my blog last year about Adventuritisyou know that, not unlike other narcotics, the long distance cyclist will develop a continuing need for new adventures and experiences.
Loss of Fear Fear of the unknown keeps most people safe at home minding the fire and not confronting all sorts of dangers. After all, who knows what kind of dragons and monsters live in foreign lands?
Anthropologists, psychologists, psychiatrists and other experts will tell you the fear is an evolutionary element necessary for survival. Loss of fear thus may have serious consequences and may eventually contribute to the demise of civilization as we know it.
Change in Taste Buds and Food Habits Most healthy individuals in developed countries have a normal diet of bacon, bread, cereals, steaks, chicken, pasta and so on.
Loss of Tribal Identity Belonging to a tribe gives one support, pride, identity and most of all safety.
Tribes vary in size, religion, nationalism, etc. Embarking on a long distance cycling tour, one establishes links and sympathies with other participants from other tribes and as well as with tribes along the way.Long-distance cycling can provide all that. It is a sport that can provide a personal sense of accomplishment, a way for you to enjoy the outdoors, and attain physical fitness at the same time.
To achieve the above feelings, there are several steps you need to follow. By , recreational cycling was enough established in Britain to lead to formation of the Bicycle Touring Club, later renamed Cyclists' Touring Club.
It is the oldest national tourism organisation in the world. Long distance cycling can be more than a little intimidating, especially if you have only ever used your bike for the daily commute into work.
However, it is an excellent sport and one that is ideal if you want to build your overall fitness and endurance levels. Photo essay – the contrasting experiences of long distance bike travel 1 December, by Ryan Davies 11 Comments This post originally appeared in the guest photo Friday slot on Alastair Humphreys’ blog.
Editor's Note: Author Lael Wilcox is an ultra-distance cyclist who, in tackling challenges few can comprehend, has crushed longstanding solo distance records and won races like the Tour Divide and Trans Am. Starting June 24, Wilcox will be riding all of Alaska’s major roads—in total, 4, miles.
A strict nutritional regimen of low calories or low carbohydrates can be hard on the body and the spirit, especially over the long haul. For high-level nutrition programs, one solution to this dilemma is carb cycling.