Editor’s note: A version of this article appeared first in the December issue of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.
Safety, Cycling, Injury and Death: Let’s get straight to it: Cycling is a risky activity. When I took up cycling in a semi-serious way in the early 1980s, the more experienced riders who brought me along would joke that it was only a matter of time before I would feel the harsh grind of pavement. A few years later, while riding in a century, that half serious warning became reality. A badly broken clavicle, assorted abrasions and a massive hematoma that lingered for months. Ouch! And if I trust the posts I see to my Facebook page from various industry veterans, such accidents — road and mountain — continue to be a way of life. As they say, “shit happens.” And sooner or later that micro-second moment as the body hurtles toward pavement, gravel or rock will overtake even the best among us. And yes, some cyclists will break their neck, paralyzed forever. Or suffer so serious a brain injury they will never resume a normal life. And yes, some will lose their life. It is the way of …read more