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Oklahoma Bicycle Manual: Reasons for Riding

Commuting by bicycle can be a very satisfying alternative to the hectic drive by car. When compared to the costs of an automobile, a bicycle is practically cost-free, and the physical and mental benefits to the rider act as a rebate.

In urban situations, the use of a bicycle can take approximately the same time as driving a car. This is due to the fact that a bicycle is easier to maneuver in traffic, and you can ride from door to door, The ride to work or school tends to energize and relax you. The ride home can help you release the stresses built up during the day.

Take a few simple steps of preparation and join the ranks commuting by bike:

  • Carry a tool kit for minor mechanical repairs on the road.

  • Carry light rain-wear in case of bad weather.

  • Prepare for poor visibility and nighttime conditions by equipping your bike with lighting and reflectors. Also, carry a reflective vest.

  • Select a route and time frame to minimize traffic.

Touring with your bicycle is an exciting method of tourism. You receive the full effect of the tour with the direct contact and more leisurely pace. Getting there at high speeds in the confines of a car hardly presents the most ideal circumstance for feeling the tour.

Prepare yourself with the following ideas and tips and try a weekend tour:

  • Carry plenty of water.

  • Drink the water regularly to avoid dehydration. Remember not to wait until you are thirsty.

  • Carry food with you and snack periodically.

  • Carry a bike pump, patch kit, spare tube and tools.

  • Check with your bike shop about tire sealants and other devices that might eliminate repairing
    flats altogether.

  • Carry rain-wear and a wind-breaker, jacket or sweater.

  • Be prepared for all types of weather changes.

  • Know how to do basic bicycle repairs.

In general, recreation and physical fitness draw more people to cycling than any other reason. The benefits are self-evident. Your bike can assist you in attaining physical and mental health and provide recreation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people can improve their health and well-being by being moderately active on a regular basis. Riding a bike a few times a week, for a few miles each time, can provide this necessary physical activity.

The CDC cites the following benefits to appropriate physical activity:

  • Reduces the risk of dying prematurely.

  • Reduces the risk of drying from heart disease.

  • Reduces the risk of developing diabetes.

  • Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure.

  • Helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure.

  • Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer

  • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.

  • Helps control weight.

  • Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.

  • Helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling.

  • Promotes psychological well-being.

Consult your physician before beginning new physical activities.