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Note: While aspirin enjoys an almost cult-like following in the riding
community (riders claim it alleviates a variety of pains and helps prevent
muscle spasms), it is important to remember to consult your physician for
side-effects related to its use.
For example, aspirin can lower your
body's core temperature. So those riders choosing to use it for aches along
the way should be aware they may be cooling themselves down as well.
Additionally, aspirin acts as an anti-coagulant (something to worry about
should you crash and suffer wounds that cause severe bleeding). Some brands
of aspirin contain caffeine (it is sometimes added to help the aspirin take
effect more quickly). A quick review of active ingredients on the
packaging will let you know if caffeine is part of the formula.