National Bike Challenge

We finally got bikes on Thursday!  Check mine out:

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Before adding lights and other accessories.

The seat on this bike is actually tall enough for me, so I’m having to get used to stopping and starting differently.  The seat is also super hard, which is supposed to be good for you – we’ll see in a couple weeks if my butt bones stop hurting.  The tires are 700c, which is new and different as well.  I’ve put about 20 miles on it so far, and I’m really enjoying the speed and ease with which it rides!  We were on the Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis Trail today to go to the library – this was my first time on a trail, and it is so much better than sharing a road with cars.  The featured image on this post is from the trail.

Now that we have bikes, we can start prepping for the National Bike Challenge, which starts in just under a month.  From the FAQ:

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists—and encouraging countless new riders. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, your colleagues and your community to ride more while competing on a local, state and national level. We aim to unite 100,000 riders to pedal 75 million miles from May 1, 2016 until September 30, 2016.

Whether you bike a lot or a little, the Challenge is a fun way to do some summer riding with friends and community.  You can bike virtually with the thirty to freedom community by joining the Riding To Freedom league under Manage Groups.  I hope to see you all on the roads and trails this summer!  If you don’t have a bike yet – well, what are you waiting for?  Go get one!

(As a quick note, it’s important to know that the National Bike Challenge website is really bad.  I am assuming/hoping that it will be better by the time the Challenge starts, but go in expecting little.  Still fun, though!)

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