Last week I was proud to post about finally sitting down with an attorney and getting our wills updated and our guardianship paperwork in order.
Motivated by the ‘win’ I decided to move on to another goal I’ve had for a bit – getting a bicycle. (Yep, I’m growing a mustache!)
Why I Bought a Bicycle
There a few reasons why I decided to buy a bike. They include:
- Incorporate exercise into my weekly routine: While I’ve always have great results on my check-ups and I’m in fairly good shape, I feel that bicycling can help me to get more fit.
- Save on gasoline: Yep, having a bicycle can make you rich! Honestly using it for very local trips not only cuts back on gas, but it also reduces the wear and tear on our family car.
- Be outdoors more: Having a regular activity that benefits me and gets my daughter and I outdoors is a plus in my book.
You probably may have thought that saving money would be the main factor since I blog about finances, but believe it or not, my main reason is health.
Buying a Bicycle
Looking at various bicycles I decided to keep it simple and went for a cruiser. I don’t have plans on being an avid biker, hitting the trails or racing, so getting an expensive, high quality bike wouldn’t really work for me.
If you’re looking at a bicycle, here a few questions to think about so you can choose a bike that if right for you and your family.
- Why do I want a bicycle? As you saw from my list above, I plan on using the bike for short commute around the neighborhood.
- Will I want to carry a lot of stuff? Since I plan on using it for a grocery run, having a basket or storage are on the bike is on my to buy list.
- Are the local roads well paved or will I ever want to venture on trails? For now, I’m sticking to the neighborhood streets.
- How important is comfort? If I’ll be using this around the neighborhood being comfortable is a big deal.
Like finances, just getting started is often more important that finding THAT perfect solution. If you’re looking at grabbing a solid bike ask around for a few recommendations, weigh it against your needs, and just buy one.
Thoughts Switching Over to a Bicycle
I’d love to hear from you. For those who bike for commuting or errands, what motivated you to make the switch?