May Is National Bike Month

According to the League of American Bicyclists, May is National Bike Month its real thing, established in 1956 to encourage folks from coast to coast and from all backgrounds to giving biking a try.

I love to ride my bike and after several hand and wrist surgeries, I can actually ride my bike again! And I can’t tell you how happy that makes me feel! My bike sat in the garage for a long time while I healed from my surgeries and I’m really happy that I’ll be able to jump back on it this spring!

I just ordered a new bike lock and this weekend I will be filling up the air in my tires, throwing a juice box; water bottle, glucose tabs and glucose meter in my daisy covered bike basket (yes indeed I do have a daisy covered bike basket), and hitting the proverbial peddle to the metal and I can’t wait!

So what about you?

Will you be hopping on your bike and going for a spin?
It’s great exercise and it’s also great for your head, your heart, and your arse!
Some of us are rusty when it comes to riding and don’t feel comfortable getting on a bike — and I get that.

My type 1 diabetes dad (who was diagnosed at the age of 32) had to give up riding his outdoor bike because of balance issues, but do you know what he did? He bought a secondhand stationary bike, had my brother-in-law trick it out in front of the TV, and my dear old dad rode that stationary bike until a few months before he passed away at the age of 79! And he absolutely loved it!

So if you don’t feel comfortable riding a two-wheeler, consider a stationary bike. You don’t have to ride fast or for a long period of time. Throw some music on or your favorite show and gently ride for a while and see how you feel!

If you can ride a bike but don’t have one, check out bike rentals or your local spin class. But whatever your ride, get back up on the bike again!

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