6 Reasons To Buy A Bike

In this day and age, there are so many methods for getting around. In fact, you probably use at least two of these methods on a regular basis. A car, bus, train and bike are the most common methods to commute to work or school, and to get around the city. However, did you know that some methods are better than others? Riding a bike is the best method of transportation in any city. If you still need some convincing, here are 6 reasons why you should buy a bike:

1. It is the Best for Your Health

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No matter whether you use your bike to get around or use it as a form of exercise, the result is the same: cardiovascular exercise. Bike riding engages your whole body and uses your own body weight to maintain balance, steer and pedal your way to a destination. As a result, your heart will pump harder and you will sweat if you pedal fast enough (and depending on the weather).

Since doctors recommend at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per day, you can easily meet this recommendation by using a bike as your primary form of transportation. Regular cardiovascular exercise can reduce your chances of developing obesity, heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers.

Burning calories while also travelling somewhere is a great way to multitask and save time, which we can benefit from in our busy lives. When you buy a bike, you are also buying one of the best investments for your health.

2. It is the Best for the Environment

Most major cities in Ireland, including Dublin, encourage residents to use mass transit whenever possible. It is a known fact that the fumes cars omit are dangerous to the environment, and are contributing to pollution and the thinning of the ozone layer. Because of this, public buses and trains have been encouraged as alternate methods of transportation to help reduce the amount of cars on the road.

However, buses and trains still omit dangerous emissions which are damaging the environment. The only way to completely eliminate dangerous fumes from being omitted is to ride a bike. A bike has no engine and requires no gas or oil to run. It simply runs on the power of your own body which is 100% safe for the environment. Furthermore, damaged bikes can usually be repaired and reused for many years unlike cars that end up as scrap metals in the junk yards. When you buy a bike, you make an investment in yourself and the environment.

3. It is the Cheapest

• Compare the costs related to several methods of transportation:

• Car

• Gasoline

• Oil changes

• New Tires

• Repaired tires

• Costly maintenance and repairs

• Registration costs

• Licensing costs

• Car Insurance

Public Transportation

• Ticket fare every time you ride

Riding a Bike

• Free

Of course, your bike could become damaged but the repairs are generally minor. In fact, you can probably make most of the repairs on your own. The fact that you don’t need a license to ride a bike, you don’t have to register a bike, you don’t have to insure a bike, you don’t have to pay for fuel for your bike and that you don’t have to pay every time you ride a bike makes it an obvious choice. After you buy a bike, your costs will be practically nothing.

4. It is the Most Therapeutic

Since exercise is a great way to clear your head and reduce stress, it makes sense that riding a bike can also accomplish this. Our physical bodies aren’t the only part of us that need to remain healthy; our mind and spirit need continual therapy to function efficiently, too.

Riding a bike can help improve mental clarity and open up your spirit to feel at peace. When you buy a bike, consider it as a form of therapy and know that it can improve your overall wellbeing.

5. It is the Only Way to Beat Traffic

There is nothing worse than being stuck in gridlocked traffic when you have someplace to go. If you have ever travelled in Dublin during rush hour, you know that this is a very common occurrence. Even public transportation is affected by this. How, do you ask, can you avoid traffic? You guessed it: by riding a bike.

Whether you are riding in a designated bike lane or taking an alternate path, there is no reason for a bike rider to sit in bumper to bumper traffic with the hundreds of cars congested on the streets. No more being late because you are stuck in traffic; no more missing appointments because you are stuck in traffic; and no more getting frustrated because you are stuck in traffic. To buy a bike is the only way to beat traffic once and for all.

6. It is the Most Fun

This final reason may be the best reason of all: riding a bike is simply enjoyable. So many bike enthusiasts fell in love with bike riding because of the way it makes them feel. Riding a bike raises your adrenaline which in response releases “feel good” chemicals in your brain. It just makes you happy. There are so many options to ride your bike which can allow you to visit beautiful places in nature and discover new spots you’ve never seen. What better hobby could you have than the multi-beneficial hobby of bike riding?

After reading these 6 reasons to buy a bike, you should already be on your way to the nearest bike store. Anything that can improve your health, ease your mind, save your mind, help the environment and offer some enjoyment is an amazing invention. If it can also help you beat traffic, then it just may be the best thing you can buy in Ireland!