National Bike Month - Ways to Join In, Save, and Get Fit!
by GamerFitnation on May 27, 2014 at 01:51 PM EDT

National-Bike-Month

 

By Kyle Swain

It is that time of year everyone: National Bike Month!  The day stems from Bike to Work day, which was first started in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists to raise awareness and support for cycling.  From that, National Bike Month was born.  Getting out on a bike is much easier now that the weather is improving and ice and snow don’t cover the streets.  So feel free to commute, take a casual ride, or go for a new best time on some of your favorite routes to celebrate what is left of the month.

 

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Cycling is a great way to get fit.  For many people, the years of participating in higher impact sports such as basketball, running, or tennis takes a toll on their legs, in particular their knees.  I don’t know how many times I’ve heard of someone switching to cycling from another sport.  Not only does it protect against further damage to your body while allowing you to stay fit, but cycling also offers a great way to exercise that allows you to see and do more than other sports such as running.

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It is a bit of an adjustment, as runners may find their cardiovascular levels right up with other cyclists but their leg strength sorely lacking.  There is also a learning curve, as the equipment must be operated properly for best performance.  This all comes with practice and experience. Soon enough you may be riding with the best of them for a podium finish in a local road or sprint race such as Indianapolis’ Criterium race.

National Bike Month

Cycling offers a chance to get fit, grow as an athlete, save money with commuting, and of course, just have plain old fun. Some of the best ways to get involved with National Bike Month include looking for deals on bikes at sites such as Craigslist.org.  If you have an old bike sitting in the garage, you can always take it to a local bike shop to get it back up and running.

National Bike Month

The number of cyclists across the nation is growing and support for bike traffic is improving along with it.  Many cities have been implementing bike rentals and creating lanes for bike traffic.  I, for one, am looking forward to a future that will be very accommodating to cyclists.  You can help support such initiatives by getting involved in programs such as People for Bikes.

Cycling really is a win-win situation for everyone.  It is a way for someone to get fit, save money (no gas!), and help the environment.  If you have any questions about safety or maintenance, most bike shops either offer classes or are more than happy to help answer any and all of your questions and concerns.

Leave your thoughts and comments below about bikes and how they affect you. Now get out there and make the most of National Bike Month and the rest of the summer. It looks like it will be a great cycling season!

Edited by: Avery Osborn

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