Health & Wellness
MAY: NATIONAL BIKE MONTH!
May is National Bike Month, promoted by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.
With a focus on individual and community wellbeing, The League of American Bicyclists will be highlighting how all of us can #BikeThere during Bike Month. Whether you’re riding for fun, fitness or with family, or taking essential trips to work or shop, you are part of the movement for safer streets, connected communities, a healthier planet, and happier people. If you’re new or it’s been a while since you’ve biked, here are some easy ways to get ‘in or back in the saddle’:
- Start Slow: The first step to make riding a habit is to be realistic. Don’t expect to magically become a morning person just because you have a new bike, or plan to ride 100 miles too soon. Start small and grow from there.
- Select Your Bike: Just like picking the perfect pair of running shoes, you first need to size your bike. Stand over the top tube and shoot for about an inch of clearance between your body and the frame. Then consider how often you will bike, where you will bike, and your budget — to zero in on the best bike for you.
- Essential Gear: There’s also some essential gear you’ll need. A new helmet is the most important and should be worn at all times while riding. Helmets have a shelf life, so it’s better to be safe than sorry and buy a new one instead of reaching for that old one hanging in the garage. If you will be biking long distances, consider a cycling kit to wear which offers padded shorts and breathable, moisture-wicking material.
- Prepare for the Unexpected: When riding alone, always carry a basic multi-tool, a form of identification, cash (dollar bills can also be used as a tire boot), and your phone in case of an emergency. As much as we hate to admit it, sometimes not all rides go as planned—don’t find yourself stranded on the side of the road after a crash or with an unfixable mechanical with no help.