Grab your helmet and elbow pads!

July 10, 2011 Comments Off on Grab your helmet and elbow pads!

Everybody remembers their first time riding a bike. Even though we fell off many times, we still got back on. Now that the weather is beautiful, we can get back on those bicycles once again!

 

My first experiences riding a bike were much smoother than my sister’s. I seemed to have no trouble in the transition from four to two wheels. Ali, my sister, was not so fortunate. Almost immediately after getting on the seat she would crash into the sidewalk. People would comment on how mean our cat must be to scratch up a sweet little child like her. They had no idea it was actually our front shrubs attacking my sister. Even though her face and the pavement often became one, she always peeled herself off and got back on.

Recently, my sister and I took up cycling again. However, the roles have reversed as now I am the one crashing rather than breaking. Rarely do I make it past my front gate and I certainly know better than to get out into the world just yet with my minor biking skills. But, like my sister when she was younger, I continue trying. As painful as it can be in the beginning, choosing to ride a bicycle provides much gain in the long run.

At A Bread Affair, we are blessed with a staff that cares about the environment and well-being of others. The majority of our bake staff rides a bicycle to work, and a considerable number of our other employees do as well. Our market staff gets to enjoy the bicycle culture as well; cycling is growing increasingly popular with the regulars of the farmer’s markets. A huge plus: many of the farmer’s markets include bike racks and even free engraving so if your bike gets stolen, are able to get it back. The West End Farmer’s Market often has a small group of police officers volunteering their time to provide security for any one with a bike. They engrave an I.D. number into the side which is an incredibly quick process. All Vancouver Farmer’s Markets promote bike-riding They have lots of information and can be reached here: http://www.eatlocal.org/ .

Cycling has also been credited with numerous health benefits. It is a great exercise because the body weight is supported and it does not create the pounding on joints that jogging and running tend to do. And nobody can deny the feeling of recaptured youth that comes along with hopping on a bike!

Here is a top 5 list of the benefits of biking:

  1. Reduces the risk of many health issues and risks (including stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and obesity – to name a few)
  2. Relaxes the body and mind; increases mental well-being
  3. A chance to go on scenic adventures! BC is a great place for a cyclist. Explore the world around you!
  4. Inexpensive – as long as you have a good bike lock!
  5. Cycling creates virtually no pollution. If you reduce, reuse, recycle, and re-gift you unused bike and/or bike parts, you will have a pollution-free mode of transportation.

(This list was gathered from information provided by the website: http://www.rocklin.ca/biketrip/benefits.htm )

And it’s not just cycling shorts and reflective wear! Due to the status as an “It” accessory among the trendy crowd, bike-sensible clothing has become more than Neil Armstrong-esque spandex. Bike-and-style blogs are all over the internet, inspiring the average cyclist to try new things with their wardrobe that are still functional for riding a bike. Containing a smorgasbord of style inspiration, Vancouver Style Chic is highly recommended, transforming any bland biking wardrobe into a runway one wheels.

Check it out! http://vancouvercyclechic.blogspot.com/2010_08_01_archive.html

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