This is pretty self-explanatory – anyone who has ridden a bike ever knows that it is fun! If you don’t agree, then what are you doing here reading a blog post about why bikes rock? Maybe this blog, I Hate Bicyclists, is more your thing.
I have friends all over the world who I have met while riding bikes. This means that no matter where I am, I can head to the local cycling forum and find some people to have coffee with, or who will go for a ride with me. When I was in Glasgow I made friends with the locals at bike polo, who had never heard of me before, but that weekend they asked me to go mountain biking with them, they even leant me a bike. So, not only does riding a bike bag me more friends, it also bags me better friends, who have bikes, which means we have more fun together (see point 1).
Having a bike means you don’t have to rely on buses, trains or trams. You don’t need to wait for a lift from anyone and you can always park right outside the cafe. F*** yeah.
In totally unscientific tests runs by newspapers in Sydney and Melbourne people on bikes consistently beat people in cars and on public transport on journeys from the suburbs into the city at peak hour. Plus, rolling up to the front of a queue of traffic just feels so good, especially when you pass that driver who accelerated aggressively past you just a moment before, hopefully the sight of you rolling past might make them think about their style of driving.
I might be biased, but I think people who ride bikes take home the top awards for functional fashion. If you have to be able to ride in it, then you generally avoid the worst of the ridiculous trends, like ridiculously short shorts (which will cause serious chafing), or 8 inch high stilettos.
You can spend as much or as little on a bike as you want, but you’ll never spend as much as you would on a Ferrari. Plus, the ongoing maintenance costs extend to some new tubes and brake cables every once in a while, not petrol every week. I have had my $500 pub bike for 8 years now, it has been run over by a car and ridden 1000’s of kilometres, but almost every component on the entire thing is original, it just keeps on going.
You’ll work up a healthy appetite when you ride around the world on a bike, and your local restaurant selection will all of a sudden be widened to neighbouring suburbs, and their neighbouring suburbs, rather than the single strip of shops around the corner. Plus, you can spend all that money you saved on delicious fuel for yourself.
Getting around on a bike is good for the person who is doing it, and the world.
Getting on to a bike can be tough at first, there is always one hill that has you beat. The first day you make it up that hill without getting off will be great. The first day you make it up with breaking a sweat will be even better. The best thing about riding your bike is that it gets you fit while also getting you from place to place, which is the way people are meant to do it, rather than running on the spot in a gym.
10. Facing Fears
Yes, sometimes riding a bike is scary, especially on the road. But life can be scary, and that’s not a good reason to opt out of it, especially with so many positive benefits to be had from living it to the fullest. There’s nothing like facing your fears to make you remember how good it is to be alive, so get out there and get riding!