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By Brian Mascola, The Associated Press A mountain bike riding enthusiast is calling out some of the world’s biggest brands for selling products with dubious claims about their effectiveness.
The Mountain Bike Assocation, a trade group for mountain bike manufacturers, issued its annual report Tuesday on the effectiveness of seat cushions, seat cushion padding, and bicycle seat covers, all products that claim to offer more safety than actual research, the Associated Press reported.
The group said seat cushion padding and bicycle seats “are a common part of modern cycling and can have serious health and safety impacts,” and its findings showed that the claims are not backed up by science.
The report also said products like the “mountain arm” seat, which features a belt to hold the seat down and provides the rider with an extra support, have been shown to have little to no effectiveness.
While seat cushings are considered a major benefit, there is a risk that a belt that can be removed, like that used to remove a seatbelt buckle, can lead to injury or even death.
The AP also found that a seat cushion can be used to hold down a rider with a broken back or to protect a rider from a fall.
A study published in 2017 in the Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine found that riding with a motorcycle seat can lead people to develop traumatic brain injuries, even though the research suggests that it is not as likely to cause them as riding with an empty seat.
In 2017, The International Association of Chiefs of Police released a report on seat belts, finding that there was a slight increase in the use of seat belts in the U.S. in 2017 compared with 2016, although it also found a slight decrease in deaths.
The AP reported that seat belt use is likely to be increasing, particularly among young people.
But the AP said that the industry has been under pressure to do better with its products.
The National Association of Manufacturers has called for the use in the sport of a seat belt for riders older than 18, and the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College to Preventive Medicine have called for more research on seat belt effectiveness.