Cycling is an age-old fun activity that is truly exhilarating and liberating. It can be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life. Cycling comes with a host of benefits, including saving time and money, reducing stress levels, and improving fitness.
Still, just like any other activity, cycling can get boring if you do the same thing over and over again. Fortunately, with a little bit of fun twists here and there, you can make cycling fun even more enjoyable activity each day. Here are ten ways to make your bike riding a mind-blowing, fun and adventurous activity:
1. Ride with family or friends
Instead of spending your weekends watching TV with your family or friends, why not opt for a cycling day out. Cycling in groups gives you more time to socialize and spend time together. Also, having others to share the struggle can make things much more manageable. Good company and conversation can make long, hard kilometers tick away. Make sure to remind them of any potential hazards and not to wear headphones when cycling as a group since communication is essential.
2. Channel your badass inner child
No matter how old you grow or how independent you become, the little child in you never ceases to exist. Amidst the chaos of everyday life and the constant need to conquer your dreams, every once in a while, it is okay to delve into the land of dreams. Remember what riding a bike used to mean as a kid?
Well, it’s not too late to relive those memories as an adult. Consider doing that little wheelie you and your friends used to do back in the days or try to impersonate Superman by lying across the saddle. Just make sure to try out these tricks on lone paths where you will not get in the way of other cyclists or pedestrians.
3. Cycle along a quiet route
As a regular bike commuter, it is easy to let yourself follow the same path you would take in a car or a bus. To spruce it up, get a map and cycle away from busy roads. Rail tracks, cycle lanes, back streets, and canal paths will make the ride a lot more pleasant. Who knows, you might even realize a side of the city you had no idea it existed.
4. Sing your heart out
Find a quiet deserted lane and ride along it singing your heart out to whatever song you feel like. It is like singing in the shower; you will not have to worry about what your neighbors will think.
5. Cut across a field
The next time you go cycling, instead of going through the regular route, consider trying new paths and roads. Cut across a field or follow the power line. It provides an excellent way for you and your family or friends to explore your neighborhood and beyond.
Many beautiful places within your city or countryside offer the perfect courses for cycling, so much that you will be surprised by the numerous fascinating places you will discover.
Preferably, before going out, plan your route and destination in advance. While outlining your cycling route, consider going out on more green adventures. Research shows that cycling in such places creates a positive mindset, helps avoid fatigue and increases your energy throughout the day.
6. Attend cycling events
From park cycles to charity rides, signing up for a bike riding event is a great way to stay motivated and experience the great outdoors. Find and attend cycling events near you to meet other people and spice up your journey. Joining these events and becoming involved in the local group will likely introduce you to more like-minded people and offer you even more opportunities to enjoy cycling.
7. Keep track of your cycling stats
Another excellent way to make your cycling fun is by monitoring your progress. One great and efficient way to do this is by downloading a cycling app. Most of these apps include time, speed, distance traveled and calories burnt.
Recording your stats helps you create a personalized record, and gives you a great sense of achievement. To make it even better, try to beat the record of other friends using the same app. These new goals may be the motivating factor you need.
8. Stop and take in your surroundings
Sometimes, people forget the whole point of the bike ride. The next time you go out cycling, consider making a stop at places with beautiful sceneries to take it all in. There is some joy that comes from seeing the beautiful landscape.
These stops add a new gratifying element to cycle routes you have used many times watching squirrels and rabbits hop across lush fields of green becomes something magical. Try doing this on a weekend when you don’t have the pressure of needing to get to work on time.
9. Get comfortable
If you cycle strictly for leisure, then there is no reason why you should suffer any discomfort while cycling. Adjust your bike however way makes you comfortable. Whether it is adjusting to a more upright position, eliminating that creaking noise from your wheels or wearing bike shorts, make sure you are comfortable to enjoy longer rides.
10. Enjoy real food
Instead of carrying those gel and energy bars, consider fixing up a nice sandwich and fruit pop to enjoy on one of your bike rides. You can also make a stop at that ‘don’t shop’ you have been drooling over all week long.
If possible, roll up at one of your favorite eateries on a Sunday morning and gorge yourself up on pastries and soup or cake and tea. Find your mid-cycle indulgence and make it part of your ride motivation.
For one reason or the other, a lot of people across the globe are ditching their cars and train rides in favor of this centuries-old mode of transportation. Whatever your reason, incorporate these ten tips into your cycling escapades to make your riding even more fun and exhilarating.