Many people feel that certain sports and other keep fit activities are restricted – saved only for people within certain age groups or abilities. This can leave others feeling left out and wondering what they could do as a healthy form of exercise. The answer could well be cycling.
One of the best things about riding a bike is that it can be done by almost anyone – young, old, tall, short, curvy, slender – whoever you are, there’s a good chance you can ride a bike.
Of course, some people will have certain physical restrictions in which case cycling may not be a possible option. However, most people have no valid reason not to consider at least giving it a try!
Age isn’t a problem.
Age really isn’t an issue when it comes to riding a bike. For toddlers and young children, there are small bikes available that can be supplemented with stabilisers – additional wheels to help them stay balanced, also sometimes known as ‘training wheels’.
After the training wheels have been removed, the newly taught cyclist can continue to enjoy riding bikes throughout their entire life.
When it comes to the elderly, it can be reassuring to know that many people ride their bike well into their 80s, 90s and beyond! As long as you’re relatively healthy and stick within your own capabilities, bike riding is an excellent choice.
You can go at your own pace.
When you think about cycling for fitness purposes, it’s normal to imagine images of competitive racing cyclists taking part in long distance rides. Thankfully – it doesn’t have to be that way for everyone.
There are no rules on how fast or slow you should go when it comes to cycling, so try to discover a pace that works for you.
If you’re completely new to cycling, you may wish to start with a slow and steady pace to get your body used to the movement and got to know your bike. Over time, you can start to build up your pace to one that’s more of a workout if you so desire.
Your bike can be sized to fit your height and shape.
Bikes are not ‘one size fits all’ items. Another benefit of cycling is that bikes are now available in so many different shapes and sizes.
When you visit your local bike store to purchase a bike, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of frame, each with their own shape.
When you’ve decided on one you like and feel comfortable with, you’ll be able to have the heights of the saddle and handlebars adjusted to ensure it’s the right fit for you.
The result will be a bike that’s perfectly suited to your needs and will be comfortable for you to ride, whether you’re taking it on long distance journeys or a quick ride in your local area.
It can be done almost anywhere.
If you don’t live near a gym, fitness centre or park, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a fun and healthy activity. With cycling, you can do it almost anywhere – providing the rules of the road allow.
Take your bike for a ride around your hometown. You may be surprised at what you notice from a cyclist’s perspective rather than driving through.
It’s not an expensive hobby to get involved with.
Many people say that the reason they avoid many activities and sports are the cost involved. For example, maintaining a gym membership to stay in shape can cost a lot per month and is not in everyone’s budget.
Cycling as a hobby or fitness activity can be as affordable or expensive as you make it. If you’re really on a tight budget, look at bikes on special offer from bike stores, or consider buying a bike second hand from a friend or local selling scheme.
Bikes range from budget to super high end, so you’re bound to find one that’s appropriate for how much you are able to spend.
Once you have the bike itself, you’ll also need to think about accessories. As long as you have the safety essentials such as lights and reflectors, you don’t really need to spend excessive amounts of money on additional accessories that are just for aesthetic purposes.
However, if you do want to splurge, these are a great way to express your style through your bike!
While we understand some people may have their own reasons not to be capable of riding a bike, many people will find that cycling could easily be a plausible choice – and we highly recommend heading out on your bike and giving it a try.
You’ll soon start to notice your fitness and body improving, as well as getting to enjoy the fun activity of being outdoors and exploring on two wheels.
If you’re looking to get started with cycling but don’t yet have a bike of your own, consider purchasing a Build Your Own Bike Kit from Bamboobee. The kit includes all the parts you need to put together a fully customised bike that’s perfectly matched to no one but you – making it the ideal choice for your own personal situation.
Building your own bike also means that you’ll get to enjoy the project of putting your bike together – which is a great experience in itself!