Why should you get a bike?
Because it gives you freedom. And it’s fun!
How many times have you been stuck in traffic and wanted nothing else then banging your head against the steering wheel, drive up on the shoulder and pass everyone? Or just get out of the car and leave it right there. I know I have.
Think, if you could set your own pace in traffic. If you want to go fast, pedal hard to feel that awesome burn in your legs and lungs. Feel that adrenaline rush taking that sharp turn going downhill and thinking how fast can you go and being able to slow down if a car comes around the turn.
Or just get on the bike to enjoy your evening after work. Just riding where you feel like. Maybe around your neighborhood taking a left there, a right there going with the flow. Stopping near a lake and walking with your bike in to the forest, to sit down by the lake for five minutes, or an hour. No worry about parking spots. If you had enough of pedaling, just get off and stretch your legs and take a walk for awhile.
With a bike there are less obligations to follow and more freedom.
Maintenance is simple and costs less than $50 a year. Maybe you don’t know much about maintenance yet, but bikes are simple and it’s easy to learn.
There are lots of resources online and books you can borrow. Youtube is a great place to find full how to guides to solve every problem or question you might have. Once you’ve managed to fix a difficult problem, you get an immense feeling of satisfaction that you actually did it!
What kind of bike to get?
Depends on what kind of person you are and where you would like to ride. Are you more into riding bike trails in the woods, going downhill or the open roads and go long distance? How is the terrain around you, lots of flat roads or big hills to climb?
Maybe you live in the city and just need a simple bike to get from A to B.
New or used?
If you have little experience with bikes, it could be easier to start with a new bike and learn to take care of it as you go. You might get overwhelmed with a used bike although there are great bikes up for sale.
How many gears do you want?
Many gears is nice because then you can play and feel how fast you like to keep your cadence and keep it at a constant rate. Lesser gears gives you less to worry about and might be easier to manage. Or just go with a single speed bike. Maybe a bit tougher up step hills, but you might like it especially in the city or on long country road trips.
Get a bike that screams “CHOOSE ME”!
I would recommend you to get a bike that immediately screams “CHOOSE ME!”. Your feelings about the bike comes first, second is the price. Go to two or three different stores and see what they have. Imagine yourself riding it around your neighborhood or where you want to ride. Just get a bike that feels and looks great and don’t worry, you can always sell it three months later if you don’t like it. When you love your bike, it’s easier for you to get on it more often!
As a kid I had a green bmx and my last bike was a city-hybrid. Now I ride a fixie with drop handlebars and love it!
A “fixie” is a fixed gear bike with no coasting and single gear. When the bike moves, so are the pedals.
Since I changed from 24 gears to single gear I’ve never missed them and love it.
Whats truly amazing is the connection you get with nature. You feel the wind against your face, smell the air, the leaves and a hint of new cut grass. You hear the leaves rustling in the wind, the birds singing, and the traffic around you.
You get completely new understanding how precious our life is compared to driving a car. In a car you are disconnected from nature in a metal box and mostly passive without giving much effort.
You want to go fast driving a car? Just push down with your foot on the gas pedal.
With a bike it gets more real. To go fast you really need to push yourself and be active!
And the more you push yourself, the faster you can go!
It might not be so fast in the beginning, but you will be surprised, after awhile you suddenly have a pretty decent pace without even trying to and your stamina is greatly increased.
It’s safe to bike if you follow the laws and ride predictable. and it will increase your lifespan by several years. As a bonus you get more time spent outdoors.
If you live far from work, think about how you could bike part way.
It will save you a lot of money and stress depending of how much you can bike.
Suggest to your family and friends for a bike ride to the beach or down town for a coffee in the park.
I bet they will love it!
Tell me, what’s your best ride you’ve had, or where you would like to go.