Bicycling and the Brain
It has been proven, without a doubt, that children and adults who incorporate cycling into their lifestyle are both physically and mentally healthier than non-cyclists. I am most excited about the science showing that cyclists who ride bike more than 30 minutes a day and three times a week increase the size of the hippocampus region of their brain! The hippocampus is responsible for memory, emotion, and learning. The brain enhancing benefits of cycling become apparent after just 6 months of consistent cycling. Well let’s keep on riding then!
Since the Front Range is enjoying fantastic weather this week all the better to continue on with your cycling habit. Just remember to keep your bike lights handy because the days are definitely getting shorter.
We have been stocking up on affordable USB-rechargeable lights from Cateye and Busch+Muller.
The absolute best bike light solution to consider is a dynamo system. A front dynamo hub generates power to your front and rear lights from your cadence. As soon as you begin pedaling your bike lights are charged and on. No more lost lights, no more batteries, no more concern about recharging.
Many of our subscribers have purchased bicycles with dynamo-generated lights, instantly ready to face the short winter days. Just contact us if you are having any problems with your dynamo lights or want to upgrade to a set of brighter lights.
Everyone else should consider adding a dynamo light system if only in the name of good brain health. Once you have a good light system installed on your bicycle riding before or after work in the dark will no longer be an issue. Dynamo LED lights broadcast light beams just as good as a motorized vehicle.
Dynamo Lights are:
Theft-proof, they are bolted onto the bicycle
Reliable bright lights that traffic will see
I have reviewed the process for installing a dynamo light system in a previous blog but just drop by the shop and we can discuss ideas that will suit your bicycling needs.
I have biked the streets of Denver for 33 years and I still enjoy racing cars up 17th Street from Union Station. Not sure how large my hippocampus is by now but I feel great!