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PSA Lightening the Load to Better Health and Prophylactics

· Two Wheels Defending

Two photos recently caught my attention. The photos are of riders carrying needlessly and harmfully to themselves heavy loads on shoulders.

Research has shown that this act can accelerate arthritis and other needlessly painful health issues related to spine, collarbone, neck and back.

Wald et al make wire baskets that are a comfortable and useful prophylactic means of pushing heavier loads without unduly hurting oneself and riding safely with uninhibited steering.

I have found this improves the quality of the ride immeasurably by increasing a feeling of lightness and freedom sans load and also improving traction, for example, in winter with the load where it belongs at one’s back and not on it.

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