Sometime last week, I reached one thousand miles on my bicycle since I purchased it in May. I must say, I am rather proud of my accomplishment.
What I have noticed about riding:
- Short trips are quicker via bicycle than car or feet. (Less than 3 miles)
- My endurance and stamina has increased dramatically.
- My resting heart rate went from 75-80bpm to 60-65bpm.
- I drink lots of water.
- My coworkers think I don’t own a car.
- While I used to think 20 miles was crazy via bicycle, I now realize its not that hard at all.
I have also upgraded a few components of my bicycle from stock form and added new things to it. I’ve probably spent way more on my bicycle than I originally intended, but it was well worth it.
Wanna start riding a bicycle more? I highly suggest doing it. You don’t even need to purchase a new bike. Use whatever you got. Find something used at a garage sale, or on craigslist. Really, just about any bike will work for city riding.
Start by riding once or twice a week on a regular basis. Live within 10 miles to work? Start there. Trip to work too long? Try taking a portion of it via public transit. In Denver, all buses and the light rail have provisions for bicycles.
After a bit it becomes just another part of your daily routine. I now find myself drooling over new fancy bicycles and keep looking at new components to upgrade to.
In Colorado, bicycles have a right to share the road with motor vehicles.