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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.
If you're on the fence about getting a bicycle, you may want to check out 30 benefits to owning a bicycle.
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 with all the bells and whistles 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 than finding the 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?