The majority of us would have learnt how to ride a bike very early on in our lives. It was a rite of passage in our childhood and the same reasons that made it fun then, can still make it fun now.
Here are our top 5 reasons to get back on your bike
1. It’s fun
This is and always should be the overarching reason to do anything. Remember the sense of freedom and accomplishment you had when you first learnt to ride a bike? The training wheels came off, you no longer needed your parents holding onto you, you would ride as fast and as far as possible. Those same feelings of enjoyment and accomplishment will still be there. You might have ridden longer than your previous ride, done a PB on your local loop, or even something as basic as taking in scenery you wouldn’t normally see because you are in the car. These simple pleasures are lost in our fast paced life, the bike brings you back to those moments.
2. It’s good for the environment and your waistline
Have you ever sat in your car in peak hour traffic, watched a rider casually cruise on by and thought, "I wish that was me?" Well it can be. Riding is a great alternative to sitting in your car for the daily commute, not only will it have a positive impact on the environment but it also burns energy and will contribute to your fitness. For anyone that has said they don’t have time to exercise, you can include your exercise in your daily commute to work: two birds, one stone…perfect!
3. It always ends in a coffee and a chat
This point may potentially contradict point number two, but riding a bike is an incredibly social activity. Riders will most often be in a group and have designated start and finish locations, more than likely at the local coffee shop. Regardless of how long the ride is, or how much you have already talked on the bike during the ride, the post ride brew and chat can go on for hours. People will talk about the ride, who won the sprint, the sights they have seen, what training they have done…the list is endless and is all in good fun. This post ride ritual will be enough to bring you back again and again.
4. There are so many options
This is really what separates riding a bike from other activities. You can ride on the road, to work, up a mountain, on trails, along paths, down tracks, on holidays, almost anywhere. There are bikes for beginners, for experts, for kids, for commuters. The options are only limited by your imagination, meaning that anyone can get involved and your level of riding has the ability to evolve along with your skills and interests.
5. You can see the world
When I say see the world, I don’t mean the whole world, I mean taking things a little slower than normal and really enjoying what is out there. On a recent ride I watched three eagles take off no more than 30 metres in front of me and fly through a valley. An unbelievable sight that I don’t think I will ever see again. Had I not been on my bike exploring, there’s no way I would have seen it.
Bike riding is such a fun and liberating activity and one that you can share with the whole family. So if it’s been a while, jump back on the bike and if you have never been on one, hopefully these five reasons have inspired you to have a go.