Happy bike Friday everyone!
Let’s just ignore the fact that I’m running today, but I couldn’t go another day without sending a little love note to cycling because it’s been good to me this summer! Here are 5 reasons why riding your bike is pretty much always the best option.
1. Sunshine! We are not meant to go from our houses to our garages to our cars to our offices and back home. Cycling gets us outside, gets us active, and gets the endorphins flowing. Mood elevation, vitamin D, and exercise all in one, what could be better?
2. Savings! If I bike commute two days a week, I save about 50 miles of wear and tear on my car and a gallon or two of gas. My commute takes about 20-ish minutes in a car and about 45-50 on a bike, so for just a little more time on the roads I also get to knock out a killer workout as well. And that’s more money that you can spend on… new bikes! Bike gear! Bike accessories! Or… y’know… other things. But that’s boring.
3. Freebies! A lot of places will give you free stuff as a cyclist. Birds will give you a free hair wash (before your haircut). There are bars around here that will discount your first beer if you’re on a bike. And then there’s tons of cycling events and bike to work days, if you plan it out efficiently, you can really make out like a bandit just for doing something you wanted to do anyways!
4. Avoid parking and traffic. When we did the Turkey Trot 5 mile run last year, we rode our bikes downtown to the race site. Besides being a great warmup, we avoided SO MUCH HASSLE by doing it. What was a 45 minute bike ride on empty roads has been in previous years 1.5-2 hours of waiting in traffic with 20,000 other people to park and get to the start line. They even had bike valet, so we essentially got bag check as well when the race wasn’t offering it, which was helpful to stash a top layer on a chilly morning that warmed up rather quickly.
5. All the smiles. Bikes take about 30 years off my life when I’m riding them (in a good way). I feel like a kid again. I’m immediately transported to my little town in suburban Chicago where I took my purple and pink Huffy evvverywhere. It signified freedom and I still feel it to this day when I ride my bike for transportation.
If you need more reasons, you can check out forty here!