Push Some Pedals – May Is National Bike Month

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Image by Flickr user LancerE, used under Creative Commons licenseImage by Flickr user LancerE, used under Creative Commons license

Image by Flickr user LancerE, used under Creative Commons license

May is National Bike Month, a month-long event targeted at getting people off their couches, from behind the wheels of their cars and off the subway and onto a couple of patches of rubber to enjoy the thrill and enjoyment of riding a bike as often as they can during the month (and hopefully longer).

Cycling isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for you. And at a time when the weather across the country is practically begging you to spend as much time outdoors as possible, a bike ride is a nice way to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine of spring. Check the League of American Bicyclists for a list of events throughout the month, many happening in an area near you.

And it doesn’t matter if you have cracked rubber on your tires or a rusty chain stuck on the big ring, just ride. I often think of the quote from the great Belgian champion, Eddie Merckx who said “Don’t buy upgrades; ride up grades.” So whether you’re a kid learning with training wheels, a hipster on a fixie, or a spandex-clad saddle jockey, get on your bike and ride this May.

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