When was the last time you went for a bike ride? For me it’s been a long, long, time. As I walked through the house into the garage, I spotted our two bikes leaning against a trash can. The kickstands don’t work properly; otherwise they’re in good condition. There would also be a layer of dust on the bikes if were not for the fact that my boys take them out for a spin pretty often.Since May is National Bicycle Month this is a good time to take your bike out of hibernation. First you may have to get past roadblocks or excuses for not taking a bike ride. Let’s get the excuses out of the way then focus on the benefits of bike riding.
5 excuses for not taking a bike ride:
1. The tires are flat on the bike
2. The bike seat is too small or my butt is too big to fit on the seat
3. I don’t have time/too much to do
4. It’s raining or It’s too hot
5. I don’t think I remember how to ride
Now for the benefits of bike riding:
1. It’s an activity you can do for the rest of your life
2. Bike riding gives you a sense of freedom
3. Offers a chance to explore and get to know the area around you
4. Reduces stress
5. It gives you a great workout
Make bicycle month fun by including the whole family; create a set of challenges for the kids. You could have an obstacle course, a bike relay or even set up a bike safety station. If you want to make your challenge really involved, offer a reward to the family member who bikes the most miles in a week.Now that you’re in the frame of mind of thinking about biking, how about taking a look at a few fun photos (related to biking of course).
How will you celebrate National Bicycle Month?