Today my inbox was filled with stuff about the recession we’re heading into. Gas prices heading up every day. A few months ago we were talking about the inevitability of gas hitting $4.00/gallon this summer, now it looks like it’ll be $5.00. And the big panic about a food shortage. I have to wonder how this happens–I mean, did farmers all of a sudden stop producing food? Walmart and Costco limiting purchases of rice???
Fascinating, you say, but, really, Joan, this is not why we’re reading you. You’re talking to us about weightier issues, like getting on to bikes. Right. Well, there is a connection. I don’t know about you, but when I go to fill up my car and it costs me over $50 and I see the people in an SUV next to me paying $90, I start getting worried. We really can’t keep on like this. We need to find alternative means of transportation. Which, as you now see, brings me back to bikes.
Fat people are have a double problem here, because
1) There are very few bikes that are strong enough for us
2) It’s harder for us to ride a bike
We can sit around and moan about this, or we can decide to be proactive. Get a bike at www.SuperSizedCycles.com. Ride it! It’s hard in the beginning, but it gets easier.
If you ride just 10 miles a week that you would have otherwise driven, over the course of a month you’ve ridden 40 miles, it will probably save you about $10 in gas alone. And this doesn’t even mention that you’re doing something great for your body and spirit.
Believe me, once you start riding, you won’t want to stop. Well, if you’re like me, you will still be lazy about getting on your bike, but once on it you won’t want the ride to end. It’s just too much fun!
If you’re worried about the hills, get an electric assist bike (my dirty little secret that I wrote about on 4/23/08). They take the fear out of hills. Really, the big trick is to just find a bike that you can ride comfortably and safely. For many people that option didn’t exist until a couple of years ago, but now there’s Super Sized Cycles, so you can buy bike. You can start riding. You can take back control over your life!