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Grab Your Bike and Hit the Road

By Donna Stark

Have you been watching your friends or neighbors ride past your house on two wheels and wish you could join them? Well, why don't you? There are so many benefits to getting on a bike and hitting the road. From improving your health and fitness to saving on gas money to enjoying an exhilarating outing, riding a bike is one of the best things you can do with your extra free time. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more fun way to exercise while outdoors.

The Perfect Bike

Go ahead. Pull that bike you already own out of your garage or head to your local bike shop and get yourself a new one because there are too many benefits that come with cycling to just sit back and let slip by. And if you are a newcomer to the cycling world, don't worry! Here are some tips on how to choose the perfect bike for yourself.

  • Mountain bike - Mountain bikes are the best choice for roads, paths, and trails. There are many different styles to choose from, but typically, you will be asked to decide between front-suspension only or full-suspension. It just depends on how adventurous you want to be.
  • Road bike - Road bikes are designed purely for riding on the road and built for speed, but don't let that scare you. They are the go-to style of bike if you want to commute to work, cruise through the countryside, or ride around town.
  • Hybrid bike - Hybrids are a combination of mountain and road bikes, so if you are looking for a bike that can seamlessly go from one terrain to the next, this style might be the one for you. They are the perfect choice if you like to keep your options open!
  • Electric bike - Sure, it's not the same as the bike you grew up with, but there is a time and place for electric bikes. If you need to travel long distances (commuting to work, for example) or would like to ride further and faster, consider purchasing this style of bike. It may be a bit more expensive but it is definitely a creative solution for those who want something different.

Hit the Road!

At the end of the day, it's all about feeling comfortable while riding your bike, enjoying the outdoors, and improving your overall health and wellness. So, don't delay and stop watching your friends ride past your house. Grab a bike and join them instead! You won't regret doing so.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Shreveport, La.

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