One Bike Fits All? Unlikely.
With the boom of the Hired Bike industry over the past year or so, several shared bicycle companies like oBike, Ofo, and Mobike have become familiar names to Singaporeans. While it gets increasingly easy to access these bikes, often through the press on a button on the app, Dr Dinesh Sirisena, a consultant in sports medicine at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital cautions us of how we should be riding these bikes safely.
As these bikes are often heavier than our normal bicycles, we are usually required to exert more energy when riding them. Additionally, the lack of gears on these bikes would also demand more strength from riders. Thus, there are some precautions we must take before and during our ride in order to stay injury-free.
In riding these hired bikes, Dr Dinesh Sirisena points out that we should:
- Adjust the seat to avoid pain
- Watch out for bruises and sores
- Be aware of pre-existing conditions
- Stop if you experience joint pain
- Wear proper attire to limit injury
Read about these points in greater detail: “Stay injury-free on your hired ride”
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