Gaming isn’t just a hobby—it is a lifestyle. While some people invest in a set of golf clubs and pay for country club memberships, others invest in top-of-the-line gaming gear and pay monthly dues to online gaming platforms. The only problem is that golfers don’t get criticized for partaking in a hobby that promotes a physically stagnant lifestyle. However, there are ways you can actually get some physical exercise, have fun and improve your gaming reflexes all at once—by riding one of the Solé Single Speed Bicycles around town a few times out of the week.
Hand/eye coordination and everything else
While you know perfectly well that cycling will help keep you fit, you may be wondering how it will improve your response time in playing games. If you ride a single speed bike you renounce the ability to coast—you must engage multiple senses and reactionary impulses in order to slow the bike, and operate it successfully. This is due to the fact that the rear wheel and the cranks are fixed together in their movement. Furthermore, this prohibits the shifting of gears; as long as the bike is in motion, the cranks are moving. This reaction gives the rider a sense of the bike’s speed because the cranks will spin at a speed in direct proportion to the rear wheel. This means the rider can’t simply stop pedaling to cease the bike’s movement, and therefore the rider is engaged in a real-life game of orientation and “catching up” to the score of momentum. And like an online game, the more you practice at it, the better you get. The single speed or “fixed-gear” bike is a perfect choice for gamers who want to keep training their brains to have quick, sharp responses to multiple actions taking place all at once.
From the handlebars to the gaming control
Riding a “fixie” won’t just improve your score for Xbox 360’s ‘Le Tour de France’. Rather, it will prove to amp up your skills in some of the most challenging games on the market. In an article published on the hardest video games to play, the publisher lists ‘Dark Souls’ and ‘Demon’s Souls’ in their select list. With its requirement for quick decisive heavy actions, the author calls it a “real grind”.
As games are advancing, so too are difficulty levels. Having to react quickly and decisively while 10 things happen all at once on the screen is a long cry from the Super Mario Brothers days. By engaging your senses and reflexes on a fixed-gear cycle not only will you be fueling your body with energy, you will be engaging your entire body with your mind in making split decisions while in constant movement and you will be challenged to make active decisions regarding the momentum of your control.
Style and profile
When you build your character in your favorite role-playing game, you get creative and make careful considerations. Make sure to choose a fixed-gear bike that is carefully designed with stunning color and offers a look that speaks to your inner warrior.