So today I went for a 6 mile bike ride; to the library and back. I went to return some books. I could have driven, but I wanted to take my first real ride on my “new” old bike. I am just starting to ride my bike again after many years. This bike was given to me by my husband 24 years ago, the first bike ever that I could call my own. It was a mountain bike, because he thought it would be fun to ride in the woods. It was, though challenging at times. I did happen to hit a huge bump and fly over the handle bars landing on the ground and getting all cut up on my first ride out. Don’t worry, I got up, dusted off, got back on the bike, and rode home proudly with a story to tell!
Anyway, a friend of mine suggested I sign up for a 25 mile bike tour coming up in two months. I liked the idea and signed up that night. Yes, I get impulsive at times, but this sounded like a fun challenge. I am very goal oriented and this was just what I needed to get into shape and to be active. I had my dusty old bike tuned up, had the tires replaced with thin street tires, got new handles on the handle bars, a new bag for under my seat, and a side view mirror. I highly recommend getting one of those BTW. It is indispensible if you ride on the streets. I now have this new hobby just in time for spring, allowing for me to ride outside.
While riding I felt free, exhilarated, happy, and I knew I was getting great exercise. This activity can be done alone or with friends. You can meander along or bike with a purpose, bike for fun or to get in shape and keep your heart healthy. It’s a win-win. Freedom on wheels…hop on, don your helmet, and go. You just might like it.