Bicycling can be a great alternative to driving alone to work or replacing car trips to the store or a friend’s house. It provides you flexibility and is a great way to incorporate some healthy exercise into you day. People who use a bicycle for trips can be as far away as 20 miles, but most people who use their bicycle for trips travel around 5 miles.
Choosing a Bike
If you are just starting out, the first thing you will want to think about is what type of bicycle will best fit your needs. Having the right type of bicycle and fit is critical to you being comfortable and enjoying yourself so you want to take the time to find the right bicycle. Bicycles usually fall into one of several categories: road bicycles/touring bicycles, mountain bicycles/off-road bicycles, and hybrid bicycles. There are other styles of bicycles available such as a recumbent, but most fall into the above categories.
Each bicycle has its own advantages and disadvantages. A local bicycle shop will be the best place for you to get the information you need because they will have the skills and knowledge to ensure you choose the proper bicycle type, especially the fit. A lot of bicyclists find that hybrid bicycles offer them the best design features to ensure comfort and safety while riding to and from work or the store.
Once you have found a bicycle that will best suit your needs, there are other items you should consider purchasing that you will make your trips easier. Items that you should purchase include:
Other items to consider purchasing include
Choosing Your Route
When considering which route you are going to take to your destination, try your hardest to not think like a driver. In some cases, the easiest, safest, and most direct way to get to your destination may be taking the roads that you would normally drive your car on. But a lot of times, there are other alternatives to a route. Alternatives that have much less traffic, are safer, and can actually save you time.