The global pandemic and lockdowns had a side benefit that many missed – in need of exercise, fresh air, and a change of scenery, many people rediscovered (or indeed, discovered for the first time!) a love for cycling.
On the downside, supply chain issues led to a shortage of cycles and cycling gear at stores worldwide. However, as the world eases restriction, cycling stores begin to resupply, this is a better time than ever to start cycling.
Here are ten reasons to start cycling today!
It’s one of the safest exercise options available
With concerns of the Coronavirus still looming, gyms remain a place of some risk. Cycling (providing you do so safely!) is one of the safest exercise options available with a fairly low injury rate, and plenty of room between you and anyone else out for a ride.
For tips on how to cycle safely, check out Cycling in the Time of Corona(virus).
It’s better for the environment
I know, I know…maybe you don’t really care about the environment. And I’m a hippy. But here’s the thing, cycling is a way to care for the environment while having fun for yourself! Spending less time in a car means fewer emissions, means happier environment. And all that while you’re out having a blast wih your two-wheeled best friend.
You can save some money
Think of all the gas money you’ll save. (And that’s great. Because you’ll have more money left over each month to spend on all that expensive cycling gear.)
Bikes are better than ever
It’s 2020. And cycles have come a long way. We’re honestly spoiled for choice – whether it comes to size, fit, or style of bike, there’s bound to be something out there for you. If you don’t know where to start, walk into your local bike shop for some advice.
E-bikes are finally an option
We’re finally at a point where e-bikes don’t look like homemade mistakes with wheels. And while the cycling purists may look down their aerodynamic noses, an e-bike is a great option for anyone that doesn’t have the strength or stamina they need to keep up with others, or just to get through a difficult cycling route.
It doesn’t even need to be a matter of ability. Maybe you want to rest your legs for that intense weekend ride, by taking an e-bike to work. Or maybe you just don’t like pedalling a lot. You do you.
Ride with a buddy
Riding with friends is a great way to socialise while being healthy, and seeing new places all at once. My favourite rides have always involved ice cream and old friends.
Indoor cycling programmes
Zwift, the Sufferfest, and Peloton are all great stay at home options for riding your bike (or stationary bike). Now, that expensive cycling investment can be ridden easily all year round (truly a godsend for fair-weather cyclists like myself!).
Travel the road less travelled
One of the best parts about riding a bike is that you can explore and discover places that motorists simply won’t have access to. If you’ve not taken the time to ride around, you’ll be amazed at how much there really is to see nearby to you.
Find that epic climb
Every cyclist has that one climb that tormented them when they first began cycling. The feeling of conquering your local hell hill is comparable only to conquering Mount Everest, probably.
Make your commutes more fun
Morning commutes suck. There’s no other way to say it. But, with a bike, you can add a little fun (and maybe even a little exercise?) to your morning commute.
The correct number of bikes to own is n+1
With n being the number of bikes you currently own…and it sure would be a shame to waste that new bike.