May Is National Bike Month

Exercise is something I struggle with. I’m not overweight, but I’m not in very good shape. I’ve tried for years to find something I enjoy and to stick with an exercise regimen. I have NO discipline where exercise in concerned. One thing I do like to do, though, is ride my bike. I don’t do it nearly as often as I’d like.

When I was in college, I bought a mountain bike. The university I attended is located in the mountains and it seemed like the thing to do. I did ride quite a bit the four years I was there. When it was time to replace that bike, years later, I bought another mountain bike. I didn’t live in the mountains then, but I still liked that type of bike. Fast forward 15 years to last summer. I wanted to ride my bike more, but realized that my near-40 year old, out-of-shape body was being beaten up a bit by my mountain bike as I rode it around the paved roads of my neighborhood.

For my birthday, my husband told me to head over to the bike shop and pick out a bike I liked, one that was comfortable, one I would ride. I was going for a mid-entry level bike. I didn’t want to invest too much not knowing how much I’d ride. I’m not interested in racing; I’m interested in comfort. After trying out several different bikes, I settled on the Raleigh Route 3.0 pictured above. I love this bike. It fits. It’s comfortable. It’s nothing like riding the mountain bike.

In honor of National Bike Month, I’m going to try to start riding with more regularity. We’ll see how I do.

How about you? Do you ride? If you do, do you ride for exercise, for fun, for the planet, or all three? Let us know in the comments.

Also, if you’re interested in really shifting from driving to biking more, it would be worth it to check out Tammy Strobel’s excellent new ebook, Simply Car-Free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life.