Having been overweight for as long as I can remember I have never been completely happy with my shape. Now that I work from home and live near to the town centre, I decided to switch from owning a car to riding a bicycle.
Of course there are many times when a bicycle isn’t going to work, especially with the UK weather. So I decided to downgrade my car for occasional use and buy a mountain bike for everyday use.
First stop was to see what I could get for my car and buy a new one. I managed to get a good price for my Ford Focus on Auto Trader. Then I went hunting for a replacement. I found a Fiesta a couple of years older which would leave me plenty of money to get a good bike.
When I got to the showroom, the Fiesta was nice but a little boring. For just a little extra I saw a more powerful GTI Golf. It was older but I trust this garage as I have used them before. My thinking was that even if the Golf cost more to run, at least I wouldn’t be using it as often. In a way the more fun, faster car would be a treat for occasional use.
Next I bought a bike and being a bargain hunter I went for the cheap option. It was rubbish. You really get what you pay for and the cheap option for £90 looked but but in reality it was junk. I took it back the next day and they offered me a better one.
I’m not going to mention the shop as I have mixed feelings. On the one hand they were happy to let me exchange the bike. On the other hand I think they knew the first one was rubbish and hadn’t mentioned that to me in the first place.
Anyway I’ve been cycling a lot recently, weather permitting. It is really a breath of fresh air, pun intended. I feel like I am getting fit and being healthy for once. The best part is that I actually enjoy cycling. In the past I have never been into sports or the gym.
Cycling is rather invigorating and it is getting me out of the house a lot more. I find I pop out to the shops or a cafe a mile away everyday now. So in a way it is improving my quality of life too. Also my fiancee says that my bum is getting firmer, proof that cycling is doing good things to my body. I’ve not noticed the pounds shedding off yet but the more longer rides I do, the quicker this will happen. The weather will be getting better and better from now on with summer approaching so I’ve been checking out some suitable countryside routes.
For anyone else thinking of switching to cycling more I can highly recommend it. Just make sure you get a good quality bike. I’ll probably upgrade soon as the one I have now still isn’t great, the chain has come off a few times and I cracked one of the pedals the other day. Make sure you have a good mud guard too to prevent splashes on trousers.