Addicted to life? A recent study completed in Great Britain, http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39641122, found that the overall quality of life for every-day bicycle commuters is enhanced. We enjoy leaner bodies and better overall health than non-cyclists! Not only are we more jovial, our chances for suffering from heart disease are 45% lower than our non-cycling counterparts and our cancer rates are lowered by 46%!
With a little planning cycling to can become a life changing experience, and after reading this British report it’s worth the extra sweat. In fact it’s the physical effort and sweat that benefit your long-term health. Give it a go this summer while it's warm and sunny.
Back to Basics for Bicycle Commuters
- Plot your route along bicycle friendly streets
- Pack a work specific outfit if necessary, depends on the distance you travel
- Carry a flat repair kit including an inner tube, frame pump, patch kit, and tire levers.
- Have bus fare just in case!
Three years ago, when I accepted a job located 10 miles from home, I rode out to my new work place on a quiet Sunday morning in order to determine my bicycling time. Then I outfitted my bike with a dynamo light system, bought a secure lock and mounted commuter-friendly tires. By the end of my first summer, bicycling to work became a habit. I ended up riding year-round only missing saddle time about 14 days a year. In all that time I was only late once due to a puncture and called for a ride home once due to another flat tire.
What you will find is that having a bicycle suitable for the terrain ahead enhances the enjoyment of your ride and may even provides that motivation to cycle everyday. I adore my bike and feel guilty when it doesn’t get ridden. Breezer’s Downtown 7 is an example of a stylish bicycle that you will want to take to the road every day. It features a 7-speed internally geared hub for just the right amount of gear ratio to accommodate Denver’s hills and for 2017 Breezer included a dynamo hub to power it’s brighter than bright head light.
Why the Downtown 7 is an excellent commuter bike
- Fenders protect you and your bike from city grime
- Rear rack for toting your cargo
- Light system is integrated and bolted onto the frame
- Internally Geared Hub is clean and practically maintenance free
- Sprightly feel!
After representing Breezer bikes for nine years in our shop we continue to be pleased with their fantastic ride quality. Breezer’s Downtown-7 illustrates that there is no need to sacrifice style for a smooth, responsive ride.
The first step in admitting your addiction to life is by taking care of your physical health, riding a comfortable stylish bike may be the encouragement you’ll need this summer.
Enhance this experience we call living and ride your bicycle this summer!