Ride a Bike
- A bicycle
- Road, path, or otherwise
- Optional (in some places): Helmet
In an ideal world, we’d all have our dads to run behind us and hold the bike seat while we learned to ride a bike. If you don’t know how to ride a bike, learn now! Biking is a great way to get around, and a fantastic alternative to driving. Not only do you get around while getting exercise, you’re also helping the environment, and saving money on gas. If you’re lucky enough to live in a bike-friendly city, use bike lanes and find safe roads that have ample room for you to ride. Some cities/towns don’t allow you to ride on the sidewalk, so take the time to find out the rules (getting pulled over by the cops while you’re on a bike is no bueno). Also, keep in mind that some places require a helmet, while others don’t. Wherever you are, invest in a decent lock, so that you can leave your bike while you run into the store or to see a movie.
What type of bike do you need? It really depends on what you’re doing. A standard beach cruiser will get you from A to B in style, but if you’re hitting any elevation or commuting more than a couple of miles, invest in a bike with some gears to make the going easier. If you’re going to take it off-road– or if you live in a city with lots of potholes– get a mountain bike that can handle the hard knocks.
Either way, get out there and start peddling!