The Benefits of Riding a Bicycle
What are the benefits of riding a bicycle? What is a bicycle? A bicycle is a two-wheeled vehicle that a person rides by pushing on foot pedals. There are many types of bicycles in the particular order: fat-tire bikes for beaches; mountain bikes that has suspensions on the front or both and thick tires less than a beach bicycle and more thicker than a road bike; hybrids that has tires of a road bike and suspensions of a mountain bike; road bikes with narrow-width wheels and dropped-bent handlebars for reduced air resistance; recumbent bikes; and non-mountain bikes (also a roadster/comfort bike) for both on-road and off-road with thick tires as a mountain bike, but not thick as a beach bike.
Here is the following list of the benefits of riding my bike in my own experience:
- Nothing wasted ever
- No gas, no oil, no coolant, nothing wasted
- Car insurance free and registration-free
- Car insurances, car-property taxes, and car-registration fees are not very cheap after all. If you sold your car, there is not a need to continue paying for these things.
- No more risk of car-to-car accidents
- Any damages caused by a car accident is not very cheap. Damages can range from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.
- The bike is the only exercise I shall have.
- I have given away exercising equipment as the price for keeping my bike. The bike is more of a handicap exercise for me.
- Far quieter than a car engine
- What is far quieter than a hybrid car? A bike.
- Bike repair costs are cheap
- When I had my car’s brake booster replaced, this repair costs around $800. If I took a bike for a tune-up, generally the cost runs around not more than $100. A car repair cost is far more expensive than a bike repair/tune-up. Better yet, you can repair or do maintenance with your bike. Try tuning the brake pads, bike tires, gear shifts, and many more.
- Far cheaper to buy a bike than buying/leasing a car
- I bought mine for about $340. If you are buying a $40,000 car, that is at least a whopping 118 times more expensive than a comfort bike.
- No worries of parking tickets or traffic fines
- This can only happen if you obey the traffic laws. Do not pass a stop sign without making a stop. Do not pass the intersection with a red traffic light.
- You can find bike racks and not even worry about a parking ticket, if you obey the law.
- You are more calmer and more patient; this also increases socialization to other people.
There are a few disadvantages, however, to consider while biking:
- Biking through bad weather, especially the risk of lightning and severe thunderstorms.
- Watch out for angry, dark clouds that can be a potential thunderstorm with dangerous lightning! Also watch out for hailstorms, hurricanes, tornados, and microbursts, and windstorms! Do not bike while a thunderstorm is present.
- You will not be able to haul around large cargo over 200 pounds.
- If you bought a bike rack around $36 and place this on the back of your bike, you are only able to haul up to 55 pounds. I was only able to use my reusable bags and used bungee cords to wrap around the load, so that I will not run into high risk of losing my load. Be careful, however, that the taller your load, the increased risk of your load falling off your rack and falling off your bike aside. Go slow while carrying your load.
- If you want to haul heavy loads to maximums between 75 pounds and 175 pounds, I recommended a bike cargo trailer. You can do a single-wheeled trailer or a double-wheeled trailer, depending on your bike’s back structure. If your bike can hook the trailer only on the left (or right), I recommend using a double-wheeled bike trailer. If your bike can hook your trailer on both left and right, then I would use a single-wheeled bike trailer.
- Riding a bike is slower than driving a car.
- Nie, true. The maximum safe speed of a bike is between 20 to 30 miles an hour.
- So, going about 70 miles shall take you between 3.5 hours to 7 hours at least.
- Going uphill on a bike is far slower than going downhill.
- If you are going uphill, you are really going to be at least 5 to 15 times slower than a car going uphill, because more energy is used pedalling uphill than downhill. You would be going up to seven miles an hour, depending on the grade of a hill. Always remember: the higher the grade, the more energy being used uphill.
- Going downhill is no big deal; however, you have to control your speed if you are going above 30 miles an hour, especially if your bike spokes have been mistrued. Truing your bike spokes is highly recommended.
So, here are the benefits of having a bike. There are many accessories to add for your bike. You can add bike headlamps and bike taillights. The ones I recommend are usb-rechargable bike lights. I also installed deer whistles on my bike if I had to go over 30 miles an hour. You can add a bike computer on your bike; I am planning on buying a bike computer, rechargeable by usb connection instead of wasting cell-button batteries. Do not forget bike locks to park and lock your bike on bike-parking stands.
If you have a bike, start riding one today! If you do not, save some money for buying a bike and when you are ready, buy a bike and ride one. Have fun.
Update on Sagittarius 19th 2,118 YP (1/5/2018):
To bike in winter conditions, you must have bicycle wheels of a width at least 1.95 inches or more to travel on ice and snow. Multi-speed, fat-tire bicycles work best in ice, snow, and sand. It is also followed by multi-speed mountain bikes and bikes with tire width at least 1.95 inches. Road bikes and hybrid bikes are not compatible in handling ice and snow. Also notice that when crossing bridges, there may be ice hidden beneath the snow or visible already. In other words, bridge may ice during winter. Here is how you exactly and safely travel during winter conditions:
- Shift to the lowest gear known as first gear on your bike.
- Slow down to no more than three miles an hour before entering the road with ice.
- Lean forward.
- Keep your balance on the bike steady. Use you dan-tien (your center) to correct the balance on the back wheel if needed.
- If about to lose balance, keep your footing on the ice to stabilize.
- Scoot gently on the ice with your feet.
- If you are on a hill covered in ice, find a non-slippery surface and walk your bike up the hill.
- Be careful downhill covered in ice: find a non-slippery surface and walk your bike downhill.
- Tire widths of 1.95 inches are compatible for off-road snow biking when the snow is up to three inches of depth.
- Riding on snow is very bumpy; do not say that I did not warn you.
- Keep a safe speed while riding on snow.
- Keep in control while riding on snow.
- If the snow depth is not too deep, keep biking.
- If the snow depth is too deep to keep biking and you stall all the sudden, walk with your bike.
If you followed these steps above, you shall reduce your risk of falling of your bike and/or minimizing injuries. Be warned: speed kills during winter conditions.