John F. Kennedy once said, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”
Remember riding a bicycle as a youngster – with friends around town or on a trail through the woods, without much care about the day or the time, but just having fun? Many adults can still appreciate that simple pleasure, especially with the quality bicycles available today that fit their unique body and riding tastes.
Get on a bike now and your legs will still remember what to do; and after some careful balancing to recognize your center of gravity, you’ll probably have a great time riding again. Here are some tips for getting back into the swing of things.
Perhaps as a young kid, you just jumped on the nearest bicycle and set it in motion. As an adult, you’ll want to be sure the bike fits your body and is comfortable. A one-size-fits-all bike is definitely not the choice now, since you’ll want longer lasting comfort to enjoy your renewed sport, without straining muscles that are getting used to the motions again.
Take the time to representatives at a quality bicycle store, who will suggest the right bike based on your frame. They can also offer guidance on how to make adjustments if needed. Changing the saddle, pedals, and handlebars can make a huge difference in how comfortably you ride; and there are lots of options available today.
Slow and Steady
You wouldn’t run a marathon without training for it first, so if you’re re-introducing your adult body to the pleasure of regular bike riding, take it slow and steady. Visit any of the bicycle trails that seem level, and ride at a slow, comfortable pace. You can take the challenge courses later, after your body has warmed up to the regular sport of bike riding.
Take time to let your physician know about your new exercise goals, especially if you haven’t done much physical activity in the past.
While there is a sense of safety in riding the same course, you can also appreciate your new hobby more when you experience different locations and times to ride. Venture to other cities or bike paths, or try riding early in the morning or later in the evening for a change of scenery.
Team up with another bike partner, or join other riders in a group event. Bike riding is a great social activity that doesn’t limit you to your own community. Install a bike rack on your car and you can travel anywhere to enjoy the simple pleasure of a bike ride.