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Here are a few answers to common questions that can help anyone ride a bike “like a boss”.
This year, you may have decided to ride your bike more often or are looking for ways to encourage friends, family, and coworkers to ride with you. Here are a few answers to common questions that can help anyone ride a bike “like a boss”:
Why should I consider riding a bike more often?
To be blunt, riding a bike is quite possibly the easiest, most fun, and best way to improve any aspect of your life. Riding a bike more often can help you lose weight, save money, and add years to your life. Riding a bike can make us feel younger than our actual years. Riding a bike regularly can help you stay healthy. And it can even make you happier!
Do I need a special bike?
No, any bicycle in working order will do. Of course, an “excuse-proof” bicycle, one that is outfitted with a few convenient parts and accessories, will make your rides even more enjoyable. No matter what style, a bicycle that you enjoy riding is one you’ll reach for more often. Our Perfect City Bike Checklist can help you find the best ride.
Do I need special clothing?
No, you can wear whatever you want to wear. We’re big fans of dressing for the destination, not the journey. You can ride in a suit, dress, or whatever you want. In certain climates, you may want to adjust your wardrobe for the weather, especially in the heat. Also, clothing that has been designed for everyday riders can be more comfortable and last you longer, but anything already in your closet will most likely be all that you need.
Do I need any other special equipment?
While you may not need anything special for day to day riding, there are many accessories that can help you do much more by bike. Shopping by bike is made much easier with a way to carry your purchases such as a set of panniers or a basket. Bicycle lights are essential for riding in low light and at night, the best possible ones are powered by a dynamo and permanently attached to your bike. And don’t forget to get a fun bike bell. And if you have a family or large items you need to take with you, a cargo bike may be right for you. More great gear ideas can be found in the new Momentum Shop.
Is riding a bicycle for my daily needs safe?
What can I do to feel more confident?
We certainly understand that in places where bicycle infrastructure is sub-par or non-existent it can feel unsafe to ride. One of the best ways to feel more confident is by talking to (and riding with) other people who get around by bike. This could mean joining a local bicycle user group, finding routes where you’re more likely to not be riding alone, or taking a bicycling skills class to build confidence.
How can I make getting around by bike even better?
Learning how to properly lock your bike can give you piece of mind and save you from theft and heartbreak. Also, biking isn’t limited to just riding to work and school. You can plan a weekend picnic by bike. You can explore your own city (or a new one) on a bike tour or on your own. You can also upgrade your daily-use bicycle to a much more comfortable and practical style.
We want to hear how you “bike like a boss” and make everyday cycling fit into your daily routine. Share your thoughts in the comments below.