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Return to the Outdoors with Your Bike

Get Fit & Enjoy Nature While Cycling

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  • BRIBIEN
    Biking is my mode of transportation. I go to work, the grocery store, the gym, everywhere on it. Heres a little side effect- you will get massive thighs. Yes, it is all muscle and it's great for you. BUT I had to buy all new jeans with extra stretch not bc of the waist but bc my thighs got so big! :) Im not complaining just a friendly note to all those cyclists!
  • I live on a hillside (very steep) and on a busy main thoroughfare where people routinely zoom by my house at 45/50 miles per hour (yes, cars have hit houses...).

    I'm hesitant to ride and don't always have the time/enthusiasm to load the bike up and go to the bike trail.

    Maybe next spring...
  • I recently bought a bike and I just love it!!!! I have taken my granddaughter riding with me and she says I ride to far. lol...I love it. I plan to ride farther and farther every time...All you bike riders out there keep it up...
  • In Jan.2009, I suffered a back injury. This acourse stop me from working and exerising. My hubby bought me a land cruiser bike and i rode it about a half a block.I suffered with a lot of pain that night, but I can't wait to do it again. I have always love riding and it kept my weight down. I wonder if it will do the same, since i can't really do anything physical. ANY advice ?
  • TMRA56
    I started riding again about two months ago. At first I could hardly go one mile on the lowest speed. (I live in the country with dirt roads and lots of hills) Now I am up to seven miles and I can keep the speed between 14 and 17. I really enjoy it now. I usually see lots of deer and rabbits while I ride.
  • I like riding my bike to school. If I don't, it takes me 15 minutes to drive, then I have to walk to the gym, then I do some form of cardio for 20-40 minutes, then I have to shower and start my day. If I ride, it takes about 20-25 minutes one way, so I just park my bike, head to the shower, and start my day. Then I ride home. Talk about convenient, time-saving, gas-saving, and eco-friendly!
  • I got my bike out about 2 months ago. I ride early in the morning and enjoy the sun rise, the cooler air and the peacefulness of it. It's a great way to start the day
  • I recently started riding my bike again. The initial soreness from the seat on my you know where is gone and now I'm starting to really enjoy it.
  • CINDYSTINE
    My sports partner is also a very good friend of mine. Last year I talked him into getting a bike. To me, it's always a lot more fun when you have someone to ride with. We ride every weekend when the weather is good. Last year we rode our bikes up through November. Come February - March the next year we were out and back on our bikes. During the time of not riding our bikes we use the bikes at the gym to stay fit for the up coming year. Your article was very good and informative. I had my bike for over 8 years and rode it off and on. The last two years I used my bike more then I did the since I bought it.
  • RACHEYCAKE
    I just got my bike out a few days ago, but haven't got on it since. My sore butt is just now healing! I had so much fun, I felt like a kid riding up and down the hills with my children.
  • Thanks for this. I have been wanting to look into getting a bike again. This really helps me and I really want to. I think it would be a great addition to my workouts
  • Thank you for the information on bike riding. I have been asking for weeks about the benefits of bike riding and here today, I found my answers. Last week for my birthday, my boyfriend brought me a Lady Mongoose Bike for my birthday and I will get started on it as soon as the weather clears. THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FOR THE HELPFUL HINTS.
  • When I joined Spark People back in July of 08 it inspired me to get a bicycle as another means of exercise. I actually got a good deal on EBAY on a cruizer type bike that was being sold the company. They advertised minor 'dings', but I never found any. It had a wide seat and big balloon tires. My brother put the wheels on for me, but other than it was set to go. I eventually got a helmet and when ever I could I was out biking. To avoid traffic on weekends I'd try to get out early and ride to the ocean - about 3 miles away. Besides enjoying the sea breezes and the ocean sounds I was able to catch the sun rising on my return trip. What a great way to start the day.
    After work I would make the most of the sidewalks in my area and try to get some mileage in there too.
    I'm looking forward to better weather so I can get back out there again.
  • I live in the countryside with lots of space and places to ride a bike. I used to do this with my children when they were small. Your article has motivated me to start biking again. Thanks for reminding us of all the benefits of biking!
  • TANGIBLEK
    After reading all the comments here I feel so motivated to get my bike out...it's been left to rust now for over a year...our weather here is -7 degrees below freezing and that puts me off but I have used every excuse and I've ran out of them now....tomorrow I will get my bike out..
    Happy riding to all :)

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