New found freedom for cyclist John
John Taylor, a 59 year old council worker who needs a hip replacement, has found a new lease of life since getting on a bike for the first time in 35 years - despite not being able to walk more than a few yards without pain. Here's his story...
What was your situation before you started cycling?
I hadn’t been on a bike for 35 years, and due to a hip problem I can’t walk more than 20 yards without a lot of pain so I hadn’t given it a thought for years. I would drive to work and I rarely got out in the fresh air.
What made you give cycling a go?
The physiotherapist suggested that I try an exercise bike as part of my physiotherapy I was surprised that it didn’t cause any pain. I thought if it doesn’t hurt on an exercise bike, it won’t hurt on a real bike so why not give it a go. I went straight out and bought a bike and I haven’t looked back. The first time I got on it, I rode twice around the cemetery and two weeks later I was riding 20-odd miles. Not bad for someone needing a hip replacement!
How has cycling affected your health and wellbeing?
It’s made a massive difference to my life. Now, I can get out again in the fresh air I always have a camera with me. Not only has cycling got me mobile again I have lost 22 pounds in weight and I sleep much better too. That has to be good for my health.
Do you cycle for work or pleasure?
It’s both, really. I love commuting by bike, it only takes 15 or 20 minutes and I arrive refreshed and ready to do a day’s work. The weather doesn’t bother me, I have waterproofs and warm clothes, and I’d rather be on a bike than in a car.
I don’t cycle with a group as I really value my alone time, but if you meet anyone else out on the road, you’re friends immediately.
What would you say to anyone else thinking about giving cycling a go?
Anyone can do it. I can barely walk, but when I’m on a bike I can go for miles! You will also save money, feel better in yourself and it's better for to the environment.