Expect the unexpected here at MCN, this week ginger, ginger tea to be specific.Why on earth are we harping on about a flowering plant commonly used as a herb?! Well, because it's meant to improve your riding pains. Oh dear, have we stooped so low? It must be #HumpDay.
Basically ginger is being championed as the king of pain relief should you encounter any aches and pains on a long ride, after a recent study published in the 2017 Dental Research Journal, who compared the pain relieving properties of the root with ibuprofen.
The study compared ginger, ibuprofen and a placebo in 67 adults, with the results showing ginger was just as effective as ibuprofen without the potential side effects.
A second study also showed that ginger and echinachea (a pink flower, not Sonic the Hedgehog's red partner Knuckles the echidna, as I thought) could reduce swelling in arthritic knees and improve their overall function.
This an echidna. Don't drink these, please.
Not one to miss an opportunity, any opportunity, apparently, a PR company pounced on this research to promote the organic ginger tea of one of their clients as a cure for all your riding aches and pains.
So if you suffer from arthritis and have a habit of riding until the pain is so intense you normally need medication, why not just fill a hydration pack with ginger tea, like some sort of herbal Guy Martin? By 'eck, chief.
Alternative ways to stop the pain
- Make your bike comfier. Fit a comfier seat, or a backrest.
- Buy a bike that you actually find comfortable.
- Stop doing such long distances.
- Find the point you become uncomfortable on the bike. Never go anywhere near that point again.
- Stay on the sofa.
- Some tattooists nowadays use numbing cream. Cover your arse in the stuff.
- Take regular breaks to stretch (this one's actually a serious suggestion).
Have we missed any pain-fighting tips for long rides? Let us know below.
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