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Your Challenge: Get outside and take a bike ride
For one, because it’s really FUN. It’s true what they say, too. You never do forget how to ride a bike. I know this because I went something like 10 years between bike rides.
For real. I didn’t ride my bike from my teen years until I got a job 2 miles from my house a couple years ago. Then I brought my old bike over from my mom’s basement, had my husband fill up the tires, and set out one morning for work.
I won’t lie, I was a bit wobbly. It didn’t help that this bike (which I got in middle school and used all through high school) was a bit too tall for me. But it got the job done. And I kept riding to and from work. Eventually I gave my old bike away and got myself a used one more my size (and style) at a local used bike shop here in Buffalo.
On top of just having fun, you’ll also get EXERCISE! You might even be having so much fun riding around that you won’t even realize how much your legs are working.
Oh, did I mention one of the best reasons to ride a bike? If you replace driving your car with biking, you’re HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT by not putting emissions out into the air. You also won’t be using gas, a limited resource.
Whatever your reason for getting out there on your bike, here are some tips to help you get started.
RENT a bike if you don’t own one! A lot of cities now have bikeshare programs like Reddy Bike. If you don’t have this service available to you, can you borrow a friend or family member’s bike? If you want to own a bike because you enjoyed getting out on your rented bike I recommend checking Craigslist or your local used bike shop.
WEAR A HELMET regardless of what your town’s laws are. A lot of municipalities only require that children wear helmets, but I guarantee you’ll be happy you worn one if you ever get into an accident or fall off your bike. Helmets save lives, people. Even if they look kind of lame.
SHARE THE ROAD with other bikers and motorists. Also make sure you’re checking for pedestrians just like you would if you were driving a car. My city requires any bicyclist over the age of 14 follows all the same road rules as a car.
WATCH OUT FOR OPEN CAR DOORS to protect yourself from collisions. You might be doing everything right, but you take your eyes off the road for 2 seconds and you look up and someone opened the driver’s side door of a parked car right in your path.
USE A BIKE LIGHT if you’re riding at night. Just like you need your headlights on when your driving your car in the dark, you also need a light or 2 on your bike (preferably 1 in front and 1 in back). Otherwise other bikers and motorists might not see you.
LEARN THE CORRECT WAY TO SIGNAL A TURN while riding your bike. These can easily be found on the internet.
Lastly, for the love of all things good, GET A GOOD BIKE LOCK. Like, one that can’t easily be snipped while you’re running into the store for snacks or cat food. It is 100% worth the extra money up front on a better lock to avoid not having a bike anymore because it was stolen.
Download your challenge worksheet
The challenge worksheet is a fun way for you to keep track of the monthly challenges you participate in – what you did, when you did it, and what you experienced. To get your free worksheet ready for download in your inbox, just fill out the form below with your email address. You won’t be spammed with emails, I promise! You’ll get challenge reminders and inspiration to get yourself outside.
Don’t forget to share yourself participating in the challenge! Post a photo on Instagram, or recap your experience on your blog. Use Twitter to tell the world you completed this month’s challenge, and tell everyone how it felt to do it! Remember to use the challenge hashtag #GetOutsideChallenge so that I and other participants can find you and cheer you on! I might even feature you on the blog or on my Instagram feed.
Tag me on Twitter at @tomgirl571 and Instagram at @kellyfrombuffalo
So tell me. Are you excited to start the challenge? Comment below and let me know! I can’t wait to hear from you experience some bike riding fun together.