December 07, 2023

5 reasons why basketball and biking are a perfect pair

5 reasons why basketball and biking are a perfect pair
Art by Royce Nicdao

Basketball and biking may be different sports by a mile, but they complement one another. One proof is the PBA stars who caught the "biking bug."

Just recently, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters forward James Yap shared his ride with Blackwater Bossing guard Baser Amer and forward James Sena.

Unlike Yap, Amer's and Sena's rides are well documented in their Instagram feed. The former San Bed Red Lion star uploaded a picture of him posing at the "peak" of Mahabang Parang in Angono, Rizal.

Sena himself has conquered the Seven Up Hills in Santa Maria, Laguna.

Magnolia Hotshots forward Calvin Abueva is also a known biker. And unlike his PBA peers who prefers the road, The Beast also loves the challenge of the mountain trails.

Clearly, basketball and biking are a perfect pair. And here are some reasons to convince you further.


Depending on the intensity of the workout, cycling and basketball will definitely keep the heart pumping and the blood rushing.

Mental battle

Having a slump in basketball? Take a needed break and ride a bike. It's not going to be all fun and chill though, because mental toughness gets tested in cycling, too, especially during steep climbs—when your lungs are burning and the convulsing desire to stop pedalling creeps in. 

Control the pace, control the game

High speed, high reward? Slow but steady? An athlete's level of conditioning and game plan will determine these factors.

If you can't perform, japorms!

This one doesn't really work with neither basketball nor cycling. But as long as you're comfortable with you're attire, that works.

Doesn't hurt if it looks good though.

Both life-changers

When you learn how to hop or ride a bike, you never unlearn it. Doesn't matter how long the interval is, they just stick with you.

And the time might come when you can't get a shot up or pedal anymore, but the lessons and memories will definitely be worth it.