Courtesy of the pandemic, there has been a surge of 185% in the growth of the Indian cycle industry. Bloomberg-Quint reported how the demand for cycles increased by manifold as the lockdown was initiated and restrictions were imposed.
Pandemic or not, the surge in cycling is a boon to the society. Not only does it support the economy, but cycles are also direct contributors to public health and fitness.
And if you are someone who started to cycle during the pandemic or planning to start, here is a small guide.
This article contains of certain things to keep in mind while cycling amidst COVID-19.
Now, wearing a mask is a routine.
Before cycling long distances, get used to cycling with a mask on. If you feel uncomfortable, tie a loose cloth covering your nose and mouth. With this, you neither sacrifice safety nor breathability.
Carrying your sanitizer is a top priority and one that should not be overlooked. To avoid unnecessary trouble via surface contact, cover your entire body. Long sleeves, helmets, gloves, and glasses are essentials.
Planning your rides
Check with your local authorities if cycling is allowed and if there are any restrictions are in place.
And if you are new to cycling, reduce the distance of your rides. Though the excitement of riding may help you push the limits, chances of physical exhaustion are present.
Also, plan your rest intervals and points to reduce overexertion.
Please do not be ‘that person’ who huffs and puffs after an exaggerated ride.
Distancing while cycling as a group
Social distancing has been the norm since March 2020. However, it contradicts the purpose of cycling as a group. Nevertheless, you need to ensure safe distancing even while cycling with your mates.
Also, do not plan your rides along busy streets, it just adds to the misery. Moving on, be cautious while choosing the rest locations. You would not want a group of tired individuals sweating and gasping amidst other people.
If you have sincerely followed the previous steps, your ride should be safe from any contractions.
Next, take steps to maintain hygiene after the ride. Remove all your cycling gears before entering your residence. Clean them using a quality disinfectant to avoid any presence of the virus. Moving on, soak gears like gloves, mask, socks, t-shirts in disinfectant or detergent water.
Your next stop should be to take a shower, and try to avoid any kind of physical contact with pets, family members, and even furniture on the way to your showers.
Though cycling shall keep you healthy and make you fitter, it still is an activity that is prone to virus transmission. But following these 4 steps shall reduce the risk of virus transmission to a great extent.
Contrary to our purpose, SpokeHerd also recommends reducing the frequency of cycling. This recommendation is completely for the betterment of public health and reducing unnecessary risks.
Cycling during a pandemic is a challenge, so be well-prepared by following our guide.