How often is it, that while traveling through a vibrant college town, or a quaint lakeside village, we think to ourselves: I could live here; if I lived here, I would be happy. Yet few of us have the option of uprooting our families and livelihoods, and relocating on a whim to the first picturesque town we see.
It's natural to admire adventurers who embark on extraordinary journeys or undertake once-in-a-lifetime feats. But for many of us, taking long breaks from work to indulge our wanderlust isn't practical on a regular basis, so adventures and breathtaking experiences are relegated to special moments in our lives: the year after college, milestone birthdays or anniversaries, retirement.
To maintain commitment, we have to believe that we have the ability to complete the task. For example, if the entire ride consisted of the log-jumping sections, I would have given up after the first ten minutes.Commitment requires sticking with and pushing yourself over tasks that are not easy. This part is not enjoyable, and this is where commitment is most likely to falter. But this is also precisely the point at which we get the wind back in our sails. Without methodically and slowly slogging up the steep banks, I could not feel the thrill of the happy descent, the feeling of being in control enough to let myself get out of it, reveling in my new abilities.
In addition to being a fabulous recreational vehicle, your bike can be a super-utilitarian machine for getting around the city even when you're not using it to get to work. I love to use my bike for grocery shopping. My supermarket of choice has a nightmarish parking lot. If I ride my bike, I don't even have to set foot in it, and I can carry a lot more than if I walk.
There are few things more dispiriting than wheeling your bike out on a crisp morning and discovering you can't ride, because the tires are flat. Because we work in a bike shop, quite often we forget that many people are completely mystified by bicycle tires.
Whether you ride your bike regularly, or leave it hanging out in your basement or garage, the tires will naturally lose air over time. It's like the balloon you brought back from a party: after a few days, it doesn't look so good. Bike tires don't lose air quite as rapidly as a balloon, and they can also be readily refilled. The trick is to know how and with what.
Bicycle theft is rampant in many urban neighborhoods, and Chicago certainly has its share of the problem. Whether you are riding an expensive bike or a garage-sale model, having your bike stolen is expensive, inconvenient and downright maddening. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make your bicycle a less likely target.
One of our goals at Cosmic Bikes is to help more people become comfortable using a bike as part of their lifestyle, and therefore, we'd like to help people overcome the 5 Basic Obstacles to Riding a Bike
Were it not for the invention of the hybrid bike, urban cycling in the US would not be what it is today. What started out as cross between a mountain bike and a road bike resulted in a new bike category, offering a more comfortable sitting position, and more sensible tire width than either of the parents. And, what started out as a compromise between two styles of riding, actually created a riding style all of its own. Thanks to their versatility, utility and ease of use, hybrid bikes made urban biking accessible and convenient for all. For the majority of urban cyclists, a hybrid is still a great choice, because it adapts well to a variety of uses.