Hubby and I have been talking about purchasing two bikes but we are not sure what types of bicycles we want to get. I’m leaning more towards the mountain bike because I would rather ride on trails than road but I also love the cruisers. I think Kev wants bikes that can work for both road and trail if there is such a thing. There is so much out there when it comes to bike riding. It’s funny that he and I were just talking about this because this week is Bike to Work Week.
Cyclists cite lots of reasons for trading in the car, bus, or train for a two-wheel commute: a good workout, a minuscule carbon footprint, fewer worries about finding a parking space—but one of the most-enticing benefits is the cost savings. And last year Congress added another perk, putting bicycle commuters on the list of those eligible for a transportation tax benefit. Just as employers can provide tax-free reimbursement for the cost of parking or transit passes, now they can also subsidize the cost of biking to work (up to $20 per month).
So, how much can you save biking to work? Calculate the savings you’ll achieve with Kiplinger.com’s “How Much Can I Save Bicycling to Work” Calculator: https://www.kiplinger.com/tools/bike/
A few years ago we bought two bikes from Wal-Mart but neither are the right fit for us and for $99 each we should have known that. We’ll be donating those and hope to get more professional bicycles.
There are many types of bicycles: mountain, road, cruiser, urban, comfort and the list goes on so I have no clue what we are in the market for so I think we might check out a few cycle shops to see what options we have and talk to some professional cyclists.
Here are more benefits to riding your bike to work….these are provided by Bob Smith, Kent International Bike Expert.
- Bicycling can be a fun, dependable and very low-cost mode of transportation. Bicycling also burns about 500 calories an hour, so you can commute and stay fit at the same time.
- Bicycling reduces your stress and improves your health. Bicycle commuters get to work on time more often, and are often happier and more productive employees. Physical activity appears to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety and improve mood.
- Bicycle commuting is a positive alternative to garage-highway-garage journeys that isolate commuters and clog roads. More cycling means less traffic, cleaner air.
- Bicycling saves you time – the time it takes to search for car parking, the time spent at gas stations since you won’t need to fill up, and the time wasted sitting in traffic.
- Bicycling saves you money: The cost of operating a car for one year is approximately $5,170 (AAA Mid-Atlantic, www.bicyclinginfo.org)
- Bicycling is energy-efficient: If one out of 10 commuters switched to walking or biking, we’d save 2 billion gallons of gas a year.
Amazing! I have always dreamed of living somewhere that I could just hop on a bike and go to the grocery store (with a cute bike basket and bell ha ha) but around here with all these crazy drivers, I would not take a chance with it. I’m looking forward to learning more about finding the perfect bike. I know it will end up costing a pretty penny though because we’ll need a bike rack for the truck and other gear but I’m excited about all of it.
Do you enjoy bike riding? If so, what kind of bike do you own?