Chalo - Totally with you on the health benefit's
However, as a counter about the risks involved how about the terminology/access and phycology of a bicycle crash/accident/failure.
- Toppling over on a bicycle is much more frequent than on a motorbike even though it is minor, pedantically speaking it is an accident and guys with clip-ons not properly removed for example have and can do damage as bicycle gear doesn't generally involve boots/knee/hip/elbow/shoulder protection although both have noggin protection... of varying levels
- More people own bicycle than motorbikes so statistically speaking bicycle crash/accident/failure are likely to happen more frequently.
- Mentally, the main cause of bicycle crash/accident/failure is treating your bicycle as a toy and not giving enough respect to it as a fast, metal jungle gym with any Tom, Dick or Harry attemping tricks or stunts or speed runs (have you done a wheelie on a bicycle
?). People who own motorbikes are aware of the machine as a vehicle and it's only the peolpe of 'exuberant' character or stupidity than treat them as toys.
Still, cycling is fun, as is motorcycling. Were of the same kin, some like roads, some like muddy off beaten tracks etc... Two wheeled adrenaline keeps both parties alert. We all hurt ourselves, generally with only ourselves to blame (be honest, don't hide the shame
). Other times we both suffer from poor road surfaces, FOD, mech failure, punctures and drivers not seeing us, too many similarities to count
Anyway, more pictures and stories of tomfoolery and things to be brought back to the forefont of our minds, 'it sodding hurts, don't want to end up like that!'