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Elderly men should ride women's bikes: study

Elderly men should ride women's bikes: study

Published: 31 Mar 2013 17:28 GMT+02:00
Updated: 31 Mar 2013 17:28 GMT+02:00

Four out of ten of the people seriously injured or killed in single-vehicle accidents involving a bike is aged over 65-years-old, according to data compiled by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI).

Hip injuries are one of the most common types of injuries incurred when and these often occur at low speeds or when the elderly are getting on or off their bikes.

Researchers at the institute have thus come to the conclusion that it would be preferable if men switched to the traditional low-crossbar design of ladies' bikes when they get older.

"The bike should not be designed as a standard bike, with a pole in the middle, for the men are not able to get over it," VTI researcher Anna Niska said to the TT news agency.

The study covered the years 2007-2011 and found that there were 125 fatalities and 1,275 serious injuries involving single bicycles. Some 119 of the injuries occurred when mounting or dismounting.

Anna Niska underlined however that despite the risk of injury it is preferable from a health point of view that the elderly continued to get out and about on their bikes.

"Some may want to conclude that now we shouldn't let the elderly use bikes, but it is a question of getting around and getting some exercise," she said.

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20:07 March 31, 2013 by johan rebel
VTI researchers wasted taxpayers' money on a study that lead to a glaringly obvious conclusion? Any 4-year old could have told us this for free.
21:05 March 31, 2013 by juicyjuice
It is well known that many older homosexuals enjoy riding women's bike. Maybe a useful piece of science would be to measure the cycling related deaths in the same age demographic of these fellows and normal old guys.
22:57 March 31, 2013 by swinglish

So sad that you have such little understanding and such great hatred. As a 70 year old man, with no need to defend myself, I can agree with the article, I can't get my leg over as I used to do, so a women's bike allows me to still get a ride. ;-)
14:21 April 1, 2013 by juicyjuice
Where is the hatred in what I said? Where is the lack of understanding? From your reaction, you are obviously homosexual (though I don't buy the 70) and you ride a woman's bike. That's great. It proves my point. I think good science requires looking at fellows like you and gentlemen who ride normal bikes to accurately determine the safety difference.
19:45 April 1, 2013 by Flygger
It's a well known fact that people who use a screen name like juicyjuice have a predilection to trawl the net looking for pictures and videos of older homosexuals riding ladies bicycles.

The normal reaction when they have been found out is to go into a tizzyfit.

I'm sure I read that in a Lancet special edition but I may be mistaken.

Each to their own I say and a pity I have never learned to ride a bicycle, ladies or otherwise.
11:03 April 2, 2013 by recklessrashid
hey juicyjuice, when you do your study please make sure the gay dudes sit on the seats. many of them findit a lot of fun to remove the seats and sit on the poles. this is really dangerous and will queer your research.
12:17 April 2, 2013 by oldgreygoose
Funny rashid! Why do men and women even have different bikes? Isn't that sexist?
22:15 April 2, 2013 by Flygger

I'm pretty sure the different bike thing must be something to do with the olden days when all ladies wore dresses or skirts. It was surely to preserve their modesty when mounting or dismounting the bicycle.

That sort of thing wouldn't interest juicyjuice in the slightest but hope does spring eternal.

Does sound a bit like you are attacking recklessrashid out of a sense of guilt.

Perhaps you enjoy dressing up in old men's clothes and riding around in front of everyone on a ladies bicycle for the thrill of it ???

As I said, each to their own but it really is quite vulgar to cast aspersions on others.. tsk tsk..
10:01 April 3, 2013 by Aljon
It is one of those sad facts of life, that older men have more trouble getting their leg over.
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