Get the Most Out of Your Bike
More than a few people have joined the ranks of cycling enthusiasts and become backyard bike riders. Using your bike, instead of your car, has become a very trendy way to travel. There are so many benefits to riding your bike, even casually, that recent surge in popularity is not surprising.
One of the greatest discoveries I made after my nephew was born was the baby wipe. They're portable, pre-moistened, sanitary and safe. I perpetually have a pack with me. Besides being cheap, if you buy the flushable kind, they're kind to the environment. Wiping your face down (to remove sweat, makeup, dirt) will leave you feeling fresh and the offer the perfect lift to your bike ride.
Sunscreen is no longer for the very fair-skinned. Skin cancer has become increasingly more prevalent and should not be overlooked. There are misting sprays, keychain containers, moisturizers with SPF 15 and lip balms that are designed to protect your skin. If you bike is the type with limited space to store items, you should definitely protect yourself before you leave for your ride Don't forget the tops of your ears and the backs of your knees. Nothing will keep you off your bike faster than burned knees.
Nothing can kill your ride faster than losing it. Bike theft still happens because theft still happens. You can get a bike lock just about anywhere now it isn't necessary to go to a bike shop to get a good one. Be mindful when locking up too. Try to park in a place that will allow you easy access to your destination. This will discourage criminals and put your mind at ease.
Search the internet for bike paths in your neighborhood. It never ceases to amaze me how many bike paths and historic areas are located in small towns. One could easily live in the same town for years and never truly know its history or hidden gems. Even if you live in a rural or suburban area, you'll find many little hideaways often missed when driving.
If your staying home this summer but need a new activity to keep you busy maybe you could start or join a biking club. You don't have to find hard core cyclists for a club. Even finding some other parents and taking the kids out for a ride will do wonders for your soul. Family time on a bike is lots better than family time in front of the TV. Get out there and ride.
Riding your bike is as American as apple pie. All too often, adults lose sight of how much bike riding meant to them as a child. With so many options available, there is no reason to avoid getting out there and going for a ride.
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