September 22, 2017

Bicycle Riding Fun by Nancy Maier

Cycling is exercise and fun at the same time! Here are just a few out-of-the-box options:

Incorporate bicycle riding into your vacation. Before heading out on your travels call the chamber of commerce at your destination and ask about bicycling opportunities. For example, if you plan to visit Boston, Washington DC or Denver you don’t have to own a bike to explore the city on two wheels. These cities all have bike share programs. Bike rentals are available for a few dollars at one of the hundred bike stands throughout the each city. Explore the city on your rented bike, and then simply return it at the end of the day at another bike stand.

Take a self-guided tour. Many cities have created safe bike lanes not only for cyclists commuting to work, but for visitors sight-seeing on two wheels as well. If you have your own bike and want to explore beyond the city limits, there are websites with bike routes for self guided cycling.

Ride for a cause. Charity events offer a planned, supported route with inexpensive overnight options for multi day rides. Novice cyclists often fear the commitment of riding to support a nonprofit. However, what better excuse to get in shape? Many people find that each time their ride in preparation for the event, they’ll be stronger on the hills and be able to ride a little farther each time.

Sign up for an organized group tour. If you are looking for a group adventure or a more challenging experience, try an organized group tour. It’s a great way to get in shape! Many consider organized tours as the most desired option, as they may offer self guided portions, as well as guided portions.

Don’t forget that a bike helmet is a must for every bike ride. Wearing a helmet will protect against injury as well as increase visibility to cars, pedestrians and other cyclists.

Nancy Maier created Pedaling.com with over 1000 free self guided bicycling routes throughout the US and eastern/western Canada. Pedaling.com has maps and cue sheets for routes in all 50 states. Cyclists can download maps, cue sheets and information about each route.

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