Before my first cross country tour my partner Sam told me we would get super flexible during the trip. I was confused, I was neither flexible, nor an athlete. I did not understand what he meant. Then after about a week of cycling I noticed that my legs and hips were super flexible. I was able to achieve stretches that I could never do before.
Flexibility is essential to minimize the risk of injury and it allows you to use more of your power at different angles. After every ride I make it a point to stretch my quads, hams, & hips. This gives me much more strength for my next ride. Over the years I have used cycling to assist in loosening my quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, and hips. I would encourage everyone use cycling to help flexibility in their lower body.
Author: Dr. Yan Lyansky