What do you mean “You Don’t Have a Bike”?! That’s when the light came on. The ah-ha moment when I realized that personal finance, healthy living and efficiency can all be boiled down into one simple phrase: Ride A Bike.
I haven’t always enjoyed riding as much as I currently do. In fact, I actually took about a ten year hiatus from bike riding. When I was in elementary school, I spent hours after school everyday riding my sweet 12 speed Huffy through the woods near my house. It was pure joy. It wasn’t until gas took a nice little spike to six bucks a gallon that I decided to test out the two wheeled ride again. I snagged an old 80s road bike from the market and was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed riding. I was amazed how fast I was able to get around town and to work. I realized, I had been missing out for years because I had forgotten how great it is to ride a bike.
After you have been writing about saving money and living lighter for a while, you get the question in causal conservation: What is the first thing I should do? Or what is your best piece of advice? Or if you could only do one thing- What would it be? And now I finally have a satisfying answer. Ride A Bike. Except in America, I’m pretty sure everyone I know owns or has access to a bicycle. So, taking it one step further, take that old thing out of the garage, knock the dust off and actually Ride Your Bike. Continue reading Ride Your Bike