Memorial Day Bike Ride

My son and I went for our longest Bike ride yet today. He just turned 8 this weekend and we had a great ride of at least 7 or 8 miles. What a joy it is to be able ride with him now that he is getting old enough to take out on some of the busy roads around our area. I am not sure what the weather is like where you live but things have just started getting nice this year in the Pacific Northwest. It has been a long cold wet spring. Now that the weather is nice I love to do as much as possible outdoors.norcovpsshore

My Son loves the freedom that he gets now that he is able to ride. It reminded of how I felt when I was a kid. It is true that being able to ride a bike efficiently allows you to go to new places and explore areas you may have not done before. Today on our ride we found several new areas of the town we live in that neither of us would have ever found if not for the ride. If you have kids I highly recommend that you get them out and riding. The joy they get from this sense of freedom is great to watch and the time that shared is irreplaceable. 

I recently came across a good article about purchasing a bike. It was out of a Dick’s Sports magazine I received in the mail. Here are the 5 steps they feel are important when purchasing a new bike. Here is a basic rundown of the top 5 things to consider when looking to purchase a new bike.

1. Be realistic about what you are going to do with your new bike – If you are going to be riding mostly on streets, then do not purchase a bike meant for trail riding. Comfort is very important!

2. Fit – Make sure that the bike fits you. Dick’s obviously wants you to purchase a bike there but just make sure you are getting advice from someone knowledgeable about how to get a bike that fits you correctly. A bike that does not fit you will be more trouble than it is worth. 

3. Price Range – Just like anything else, you get what you pay for. Do not feel as though you need to break the bank for a new bike but get one that comes with good components and options on it.

4. Accessories – When doing your budget, save some money for the fun odds and ends to get with it, water bottles, gloves, and of course, get a good helmet that fits you correctly.

5. Ask Questions – Make sure you fully understand how to use the bike you are about to purchase. If you have not been on one in awhile they have changed. My Dad recently got a new bike and they actually offered a class where people could come in and learn how to shift correctly. If you have the option, take it!

Now go get out and enjoy a nice ride!


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