In the past few weeks, I've rediscovered my bike.
My bike's not too fancy. It's a Fuji Crosstown, roughly 8 years or so old. It was a Christmas gift from Dan one year and up until last year, it really didn't see much daylight, truth be told.
But with the whole Moving More effort, biking seemed like yet another thing I could try out. And lo and behold, here's some of the bonus points:
1. I don't limp around on days that I bike the way that sometimes I do following a run day.
2. I can ride pretty much anywhere I like in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis because these two towns are about as bike friendly as it gets.
3. I don't get nearly as hot on a bike because hey, you create breezes on every downhill.
4. Padded bike shorts make for a much more pleasant outing.
5. Cool gadget holders make me happy.
Like this one that I picked up at Erik's Bike Shop.
I love tracking miles, whether it be walking, running, swimming or biking. I also love the idea of having a phone with me on longer rides if I break down (both mechanically or emotionally). This makes it much easier to call Mr. Dan, who can come and save me in the middle of nowhere (or just on a trail in some urban state park.)
It squeezes closed, and has an additional safety loop to keep your phone in place.
I use the GPS driven iMapMyRide app to track time, distance and speed. For a free app, this thing seems to work pretty darn well.
Add to that me with a new bike shirt, and you've got the makings for a happy, biking mama.
I'm not fast out there, but hey, I'm out there. Padded bootay and all.
How many blog readers are bike riders? Any tips you want to share or favorite bike gear you own? Please do. Me likey the bikey.