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3 cycling injuries you can prevent and one you must try to avoid

With its scenic vistas and miles of paved paths, Colorado is a paradise for bicycle enthusiasts. However, cycling comes with certain aches and pains as well as the potential for serious injury.

Here are three ways to prevent common complaints and one caution concerning a possible life-changing injury.

Easing lower back pain

As a cyclist, the flexed position of your body can eventually cause lower back pain. Setting your back into a straighter position will help take stress off your spine and allow for a more comfortable ride.

Managing neck pain

Your head may remain in the same position for a long period of time when you are cycling. This will cause tightness in the muscles that run from the base of your skull along the sides of your neck and onto your shoulders. Shortening the stem will help you maintain a more upright attitude. Good posture along with a looser grip on the handlebars will ease the tightness in your neck and shoulders.

Handling knee injuries

Knee injuries are often connected to the way the cleats on the bottom of your shoes fasten to the pedals. If you position them incorrectly, knee pain and tendinitis issues can crop up. Adjusting the cleat positions properly and using cycling insoles will help.

Avoiding head injuries

The protection helmets provide is often emphasized, and helmet safety innovations continue to evolve. Even so, a serious head injury is a common result of a vehicle-bicycle collision. Avoid the potential for a crash by wearing additional safety gear and using light-emitting equipment that makes you as visible as possible to the Colorado motorists with whom you share the road.