Wrapping up the holiday season is always a sad time of the year for me, because I LOVE CHRISTMAS and I hate seeing it go. Maybe it’s the jet-lag that I have to suffer through every year after the holidays and I’ve grown to attribute this suffering with post-holiday melancholy. Or maybe I love the holidays because I actually get to spend time with friends and family. Maybe its because my presents are always awesome because I drop continuous hints throughout the year about exactly what I want. Maybe its the food, but don’t get me started on the FOOD. Give me a second, I need a moment to bask in the glory of my holiday meal memories. And while we’re on the topic of food, let me tell you something about calories. What they’re actually called are taste points. Yup. The more calories there are, the better it tastes.
Unfortunately, I know that we would all like to be able to fit into the presents that were bought for us. Listen, I know that we always get super ambitious every year when it comes to resolutions. You tell yourself that you’re going to make the world a better place and solve world hunger, but two days later you realize that if you don’t move off the couch you’re going to start photosynthesizing. I’m here to make things easier for you. All you need is one New Year’s resolution to make a positive impact on your life. These are the Top 6 Reasons why CYCLING MORE needs to be your only New Year’s Resolution.
1. Look. I’m going to start this off easy and tell you that you can eat as much as you want. You want another double-double with grilled onions and extra cheese? Sure, go right ahead. But you’re also going to order that with a double-double of pain on your bike. If you’re going to stuff yourself every meal until you can’t move, the only reason you should be getting off your bike is because you fell off from fatigue. As long as you’re getting back on the bike, you can afford to treat yourself to a hearty meal.
2. You need to get out of your house. I totally get it, you think you have everything you need with your phone, tablet, TV, and PC running. But if you keep doing what you’re doing, the only GoPro footage you’ll have is of yourself going downstairs to answer the door for the pizza delivery guy because going down the stairs will be the most hardcore thing you’ve done all day. We all have those days when you step outside to pick up a package after staying indoors all day and you say to yourself, “Hmmm. What a nice day outside, maybe I should have done something outdoors.” Go back to that thought the next time you wake up and contemplate binge watching another TV series. If you still find yourself struggling to go out on a ride yourself, join us on our Wednesday Worlds ride! We roll out every Wednesday at 6:00 PM, and you can stay updated by monitoring our Facebook Page! If you’re interested in riding but haven’t ridden in a few years, don’t fret! Our Cycle to Fitness ride is geared towards newer riders and is a great way to exercise and learn!
3. Ok, so maybe I still haven’t really appealed to you yet, but I promise these next few points will get across to you. We all know the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, lets say you get the largest and the best apples at the supermarket, and lets say that that costs you $2 a day. That’s $730 a year. Do you know how many upgrades you can do to your bike with that kind of money? Exercising and staying healthy by cycling is also going to keep the doctor away, but I’ve created a budget for you to buy those ENVE bars and seatpost that we have in stock here at ARB Cyclery. If you’re feeling super fancy one day, you can treat yourself to an apple while sitting on your new seatpost.
4. Now that you have all these new upgrades, there shouldn’t be a speck of dust on your bike because you’re always going so fast that the wind ends up cleaning your bike. You need to do your equipment the justice of being ridden. I completely understand that some of you may own multiple bikes because some need to be appreciated as a pieces of art. But if that’s the case, you should be seeing worn out chainrings on your main ride. Think about it this way, the more you get on your bike, the more bikes you can justify owning. “Sure, 7 bikes might seem like a lot, but its OK because look how much I’m riding!” And if you truly have neglected your bike, I forgive you. I know that you will be a better person from here on out. If you need help getting your bike back on the road, I would recommend taking it in for a tune up here at ARB Cyclery. We offer a variety of different options so we will make sure that you’re back on the road where you should be!
5. Guilt-free beer consumption. Ahhh. There’s nothing like quenching your post-ride thirst with a nice beer. If you’ve put in the miles, you deserve it. You’re not going to wake up months from now regretting that beer belly of yours because you’re not going to have one. And while you’re at it, you might as well try a cycling-themed beer because by this point, you should be eating and breathing bicycle components. In fact, you should probably try some beer by Windmill Pointe, because their beer is crafted with pedal power. “Our stationary bikes produce pedal-power which is collected, stored and recorded. The number of kilowatts we produce from in-house “Pedal-Power” is subtracted from the total number of kilowatts used in each brew session “Beer”. The bottomline: produce more energy through pedal-power than consumed by the production of our beer.”
6. Strava!!!! If it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen.