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Biking Makes Me Feel Young! May 11, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Nature.

It’s National Bike Month.

What a great opportunity to pump up your tires, kick up your kickstand, and hit the road.

Biking is good for your health and good for the planet.  It’s also good for your wallet ~> no need to head to the filling station, saving big bucks!

Since moving to Florida, I ride most days because: (1) Florida is warm year-round; (2) Florida is flat as a pancake; and (3) hopping on my bike to ride up to the clubhouse or around the neighborhood makes me feel like a kid again:


Do you still bike?  If so, share a bike tale or trail in the comments.

If not, want some incentive to get biking this month?  Here’s a score card to play Bike Month Bingo:

To learn more, visit the League of American Bicyclists at bikeleague.org

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Rivergirl - May 11, 2022

I wish I still biked, used to love it but my bad knee makes it too painful now.
And Maine is definitely not flat.

nrhatch - May 11, 2022

We didn’t bike during college and careers.

The last place we lived (on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay) was flat but BUGGY! The Black Flies chased cars down the road hoping to bite the occupants as they emerged. No way did we bike there.

But here is perfect.
At least until our knees give out. Take care of yours!

2. Kate Crimmins - May 11, 2022

I gave up biking because of balance issues. My husband, who was a dedicated biker clocking 200 miles a week, had to give it up too because of health issues. Enjoy it while you can!

nrhatch - May 11, 2022

I hear ya! A number of neighbors switched to adult tricycles due to balance issues. Those 3-wheelers give them a stable platform and a BIG basket in the back for pick up and deliveries.

My sister (who is in a wheel chair most of the time) rides a quad bike that seats two people side-by-side ~ like a pedal boat. It gives her a chance to “walk the dogs” who are attached via a bike tow leash.

3. granny1947 - May 11, 2022

Makes me feel like pumping up tires and kicking kick stands.
Have to buy a bike first!!!

nrhatch - May 11, 2022

Are there many in your neighborhood who ride? We have lots of walkers and bikers in our community. Both can be quite “social.”

4. Ally Bean - May 11, 2022

Good on you for having fun on your bike. My bike is in the basement, just in case I ever decide to ride again. I used to be into it but decrepitude got in my way.

nrhatch - May 11, 2022

Decrepitude . . . that’s a fun word (but not a fun state of being). 😦

I didn’t have a bike from age 18 – 50. Then my sister loaned me one and I got hooked.

5. Debra - May 15, 2022

This sounds like so much fun! I haven’t been on a bike in so long I cannot even remember. I wonder…. 🙂

nrhatch - May 15, 2022

When we moved to Florida and my sister loaned me a bike, I was a bit W~O~B~B~L~Y. But I stuck with it and rarely WOBBLE or BOBBLE at all these days!

Have FUN!

6. judithhb - May 16, 2022

I gave up bike riding when I moved back to Wellington. It is a city built on hills. My very energetic daughter cycles most days and assures me she only uses the electric part on the steepest hills.

nrhatch - May 19, 2022

I might not be so keen on biking if I lived in the midst of hills and dales. Around here, we’re on a level playing field.

7. joyroses13 - May 19, 2022

Good for you! Keep at it! I started biking again when I hit 40 and really enjoyed it than had knee surgery and haven’t been back on but I should! Just may have to try it again. 🙂

nrhatch - May 19, 2022

Take it slow if you decide to give it a go. My Bridge partner had TWO knee replacement surgeries in 2020 and she is now biking and golfing again . . . but it took some time to get up to speed.

joyroses13 - May 19, 2022

Thats great for her. Believe ms I am sure it will be slow if I try it again. 🙂

nrhatch - May 23, 2022

Good luck!

8. anotherday2paradise - May 23, 2022

I prefer to walk outside, but I do the indoor cycle at the gym. All good exercise.

nrhatch - May 27, 2022

Walking. Biking. Breathing. Smiling. ~> ALL GOOD!

9. walkingoffthechessboard - August 11, 2022

When I was a teen, I used to bike all the time. Stationary bike is the ride for now. If I ever move to an area that’s less urban/less populated, maybe I will give outside rides a go again. I lol when you said Florida is flat as a pancake!

nrhatch - August 11, 2022

I hear ya! We do NOT bike in heavy traffic ~ we can bike about 5 miles without leaving our gated community (all FLAT) and can bike another 5 miles by staying on WIDE sidewalks that go underneath streets to enter neighboring Traffic Free preserves. It’s ideal for us.

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