It’s As Easy As Riding A Bike
Who of us doesn’t remember the rush of excitement when cruising down a new, undiscovered bike path? Our banana seat and sissy bar in place to allow for our best friend to catch a ride, with the wind whipping past, we were free! Well at least until after Labor Day when school started back. But somewhere along the lines we forgot that thrill, we traded our trusted “blue comet” for a Honda, and sacrificed the freedom of the open road to four walls and a desk. However, no one said that biking had to remain in our childhood. In fact, thanks to the excellent exercise factor, biking is making a great comeback for many active adults.
That banana seat may not fit as comfortably as it used to.
For adults, rediscovering biking may mean discovering that the old bike style is not necessarily the best fit any more; especially for those of us who have been hugging a desk chair for a few years. But, don’t let an ill-fitting bike dash those dreams of hitting the open road.
The best place to start your journey is by visiting a store that specializes in bikes. While yes, the big box stores do sell bikes, often at reduced prices, a one-size fit all bicycle may lead to disappointment when you hit the open road. A bike shop will have experienced cyclists and technicians who can help you choose the right bike that meets your unique needs right down the saddle you sit on.
Gear up for comfort and safety.
Okay, so yes as kids many of us were road warriors and have the scars to prove it. And, many of us are still road warriors. But part of the thrill of the open road is being comfortable and protected. While serious cyclists all have their personal favorites when it comes to clothing brands, it really comes down to some simple things to keep in mind.
- Dress for the season – Georgia can have a winter chill in the early morning and feel like summer by mid-day. Dress in light layers that can be removed if needed.
- You will sweat – Make sure the clothing you choose is moisture-wicking fabric so you will stay comfortable and dry.
- Choose a good pair of cycling shorts – Cycling shorts will help you to not chaff, allowing for optimal movement and comfort.
- Yes you do need a helmet – We know the controversy still exists. “I didn’t use a helmet, when I was young, why now?” The truth is not everything in our youth was so safe. Bike helmets just make good sense. Especially when biking around crowded city streets. Just as with choosing a bike, you want to be fitted properly for a helmet that gives the best protection and comfort without obstructing your vision.
- Protective armor – While many cyclists are still on the fence over wearing protective gear such as knee and elbow padding the truth is, it is all about the individual rider. Best advice is if you have any existing conditions with your joints, it is a good idea to wear protection. Besides, they do have some really cool protection armor out there!
“It’s As Easy As Riding A Bike…Again”
Find your best path.
For many new cyclists attempting to take on the city streets while rediscovering biking can lead to immediate panic. After all, Atlanta, Georgia is known internationally for our traffic. But don’t let that stop
you. One of the greatest evolutions of late has been that so many cities are now choosing to embrace biking by building amazing new bike and walking pathways. Some of these offer the most scenic views of the areas. In addition, often the pathways are paved and flat offering ease of use to cyclists of any experience level.
In Georgia, the Silver Comet Trail is one the most scenic and popular trails for bicyclists. Offering 61.5 miles of trail with a very low 2% trail grade that go from Smyrna, Georgia to Anniston, Alabama.
Don’t forget to hydrate.
While you may be soaked with Georgia’s famous 100% humidity, your body still needs to be hydrated on the inside. Make sure you always have a water bottle handy, even for short rides. Staying hydrated helps to keep muscles from cramping and heat stroke at bay. Also, you may want to include a light snack to keep the energy going, protein bars and nuts take little space and offer a quick pick me up.
Find your tribe.
While cycling by yourself can be a positive experience, nothing brings back the thrill of riding with the gang like being part of a cycling club. At Holbrook our communities actively support having a cycling club for our residents. Being a part of a cycling club can not only make biking more enjoyable but also helps to build friendships. For beginner cyclists it can help to keep the momentum going and build a passion for riding. Cycling clubs also provide opportunities to grow in skills and learn tips from other riders who are on the same path of life, so to speak.
Holbrook Wants You To See The World And Have A Great Active Adult Community To Come Home To
At Holbrook Communities, we believe that active adult living should be just that…living. You should be inspired to do the things you have always wanted to without the confines of worrying over daily house upkeep. You should have access to the high-end amenities of luxury hotels with a focus on encouraging health and wellness. And a staff who is there when you need them and encourages you to live life to its fullest!
The Holbrook family of communities is like no other. Offering designer planned residences that inspire community growth and the joy of living. Want to learn more about Holbrook, than Contact Us Now or Call (404) 445-7777.
Many Blessings and Hospitality Yours,
Al Holbrook and the Holbrook Life Team