Cycling for Beginners and Budgeters
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Let me start off by saying that I am NOT a cycling expert. I will also add in that one of our bikes is used, and the other was purchased from Wal-Mart.
We started riding our bikes in July 2016. We live in the south so it was scorching hot outside. What made me want to get active in the middle of the summer? Our Kauai trip that we had recently booked. I knew that if we wanted to hike trails, walk long distances and not feel exhausted, that we needed to get our tails in gear. . . literally!
My bike is actually considered a mountain bike, but it works just fine on our roads. The main difference that I have noticed is that my husband’s bike goes a lot faster down hill because of his skinny road bike tires.
I was pretty stubborn when it came to purchasing this bike. I already had a bike that I received as a gift in high school but had never really ridden it. It didn’t have any gears. That bike made it through a few long rides and then it went to bike heaven. It couldn’t hold up with the steep hills and long miles that we were putting in it through. I haven’t regretted purchasing this bike since.
Along with my bike, I also have a universal water bottle cage. You may notice in my pictures that I have a can of wasp spray in my water bottle cage. That is to scare away any stray dogs that may find wander up while we are riding in our neighborhood. I have a not-so-funny story about that which I will share at another time.
I also have a medium sized BVsaddle bag underneath my seat. This bag may seem small, but it holds a lot! If you have a large phone (iPhone 6s Plus) then you will need to purchase the large BV bag if you want your phone to fit inside.
Inside my BV bag I have:
-lip balm with SPF
-spray on sunscreen (travel size)
-a pair of binoculars
-bug spray (travel size)
-anti-itch spray (if the bug spray doesn’t work)
I also have a light on the handlebars of my bike and a light attached to my saddle bag. These come in handy during the winter when it gets dark at 5:00 pm!
A cell phone mount for my bike is helpful as well. Now we can track our rides on his bike and listen to music on mine. *Always have the volume low enough where you can still hear vehicles coming.
Cycling gloves are needed to help with circulation and grip. A good bike repair kit to keep in the bag in case of an emergency.
Lastly, we purchased a vehicle bike rack for our bikes. We have used it a few times to cycle at some paved trails that are about 25 minutes from our house. This rack holds two bicycles.
Here is a break down of my cost for riding a bike.
-$10 water bottle cage
-$12 medium BV bag
-$24 bike lights (they were $17 when I purchased them in December)
-$7.50 cycling gloves
-$8.80 bike repair kit
-$1 wasp spray
-$35 bike rack for car
-Cost of having a healthy and active lifestyle. . . PRICELESS
With a grand total of $263, don’t think that cycling is out of your budget. You don’t HAVE to purchase a bicycle that costs more than your vehicle to be able to get active and have fun!
Just Do It!
If you have been looking for a way to have a more active lifestyle then I HIGHLY suggest cycling. I have never been an “active” person. I played soccer in high school for half a season because I wanted to get a job and make money instead. The most active that I was in college was walking to my classes. Once I started my teaching career, I considered my exercise as walking to the copier and around in circles in my room. (seriously)
The awesome thing about riding your bike is that you can set your own pace. I started out being able to barely finish 1.5 miles. Now I have ridden up to 23 miles in one day before (just since July!)
Check out my Cycling Board on Pinterest if you need some more reasons to start cycling!
What do you think about budget cycling so far? Is there another activity that you enjoy that keeps you active and healthy? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂