Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bicycles Don't Belong in Storage

Source: Fixedgear

One of the common things that I hear when talking to people about bicycles is that they have one in the garage or in storage but never ride it. Out of sight, out of mind. 

So the first step is to get it out and put it where you can see it.  You’re never going to ride your bike if it’s hard to get to or buried under a bunch of junk.

Once you reclaim your bicycle from storage, check the air pressure in your tires.  You definitely don’t want to ride on low air pressure because it creates more resistance when pedaling and it is also the most common way to have a flat because it can increase the chance of the tube getting pinched between the tire and the rim. 

The next step, and this is important, don’t think too hard about it, just get on and ride. Go for a nice relaxing joy ride through your neighborhood, go to Salem Lake for some fresh air or simply ride circles in your driveway. The key is to keep it simple and have fun.

After your first ride make it a habit to go for fun, simple rides several times a week. Experts say that it takes as long as twenty-one days of doing something consistently before it actually becomes a habit.  Try riding before work to gain extra energy for the day or ride after work to clear your mind and de-stress. The more you ride, the less you’ll have to think about it and the more you’ll want to do it.

Once you can’t go a day or two without the wonderful benefits of riding your bike, help your friends, family and neighbors do the same thing.  This is one habit that you will want to share with others.  

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