Biking is a great way to get exercise, save money on gas, and be environmentally friendly. I have been biking for two years now and it has made my life so much easier--but there are some things that you should know before you start biking.
I wish someone had told me the following 8 things when I started biking:
1. You need to wear protection from the sun!
I wish someone had told me that I needed to protect my skin from the sun. I was biking without sunscreen on and ended up with a bad burn on my arm.
2. The bike seat may be uncomfortable!
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I wish someone would have warned me about how poorly designed bike seats are. I used to sit on my bike seat for hours at a time, but now I spend most of my commute standing up because it's so painful.
3. Keep your bike clean!
It seems like common sense, but you would be surprised how dirty things can get when they are constantly exposed to rain, mud, and dirt. You should clean your bike regularly to prevent rust and wear-and-tear.
I wish I would have put more time into keeping my bicycle clean when I started biking. Now, it's much harder to do so because the mud caked on the tires is hard to get off without damaging them.
4. Be careful at intersections!
It is important to be very aware of your surroundings when biking. I have almost been hit by cars crossing the street because I didn't look both ways before crossing or was caught off guard by a car turning in front of me.
I wish someone had told me how dangerous bike commuting could be so that I would have been more careful.
5. Biking can be dangerous!
It might seem like biking is not as dangerous as driving a car, but it definitely has its risks. I have been almost hit by cars countless times and had to swerve out of the way at least once a week.
I wish someone would have warned me about how risky biking could be so that I would have been more careful.
6. You'll become a biking pro!
Biking is not as hard as it seems. You will get used to your bike and all of its intricacies after just a few rides.
I wish someone would have told me that I was going to be okay even if my first couple of rides were difficult or uncomfortable because eventually they would start getting better.
7. You will save money on fuel!
Biking is a great way to get exercise and save some cash at the same time. I used to spend $200-$300 per month on gas, but now my transportation costs are practically nonexistent because I bike everywhere.
I wish someone would have told me that biking could save me so much money when I started biking.
8. You might become addicted to biking!
Biking is great because it can get you where you need to go and will save you money--there's nothing better than that. I wish someone would have told me how much fun, freeing, healthy, and environmentally friendly biking could be so that I started doing it sooner.
I love being a biking commuter because it saves me time, money, and energy--and I am happy to share my love for biking with anyone who wants to try it!