New Year Resolutions for Cyclists
New Year – time for making fresh starts and turning new leaves.
Almost half of us make resolutions at New Year, and the goals most of us set are to do with getting in better shape.
The bad news: only a handful of determined souls keep their resolutions – most are already dropped and forgotten by mid-February*.
Well, since we’re all about getting more women on bikes, and enjoying it more, how about some resolutions that will propel us toward our goals, and might be easier and more fun to keep?
In the spirit of promoting more enjoyment of more cycling, we’re leading the way with a few suggestions:
New Year Resolutions For More Revolutions in 2019
Let’s Resolve to Ride More Often
- What will it take to add one more ride a week for you?
Can you shuffle your schedule, or drop something that you don’t really need to do? With a health and energy boost from more bike rides you can get more done than you could by just grinding away without them – certainly you will enjoy life more with more time riding.
- Or ride to work more days out of the month?
Build bike commuting into your routine by planning ahead and setting up a few key pieces of equipment. Stow a few key items in the office – a change of layers and shoes, towel and toiletries – and prepare for changing weather with fenders and rain gear. More tips here. Find bike-to-work clothing that goes the distance between commute and happy hour here.
- Are there ways you can jump on your bike to run errands instead of jumping in the car?
It’s great for your health and wellbeing, and for the environment. Research shows half of all car trips in the US are under three miles, compounding problems with pollution and sedentary lifestyles. Increasing the number of trips made with human power can do more than just about anything else to reduce our collective carbon footprint, and increase our health. See how bike errands can change the world here.
Let’s Resolve to Ride Safer
- Follow the A-B-C guidelines for greater visibility on the road: kit yourself out with always-on lights, add reflective bio-motion accents and high-vis clothing.
- Join in or support your local bike advocacy group; take a course to brush up on safe cycling practices.
- Use and teach the life-saving Dutch Reach – more here.
Let’s Resolve to Ride More Comfortably
- Consider a new saddle, new bike bottoms, or a new top.
An upgrade can pay off if it delivers greater comfort: warm, silky, moisture-managing fabrics, and supportive, “just-right” cushioning can help you ride further and more often, simply by making your time on the bike more enjoyable. Get some help choosing a new saddle, cycling bottoms, cycling tops.
- Try a bike fitting session at your local bike shop
Some simple adjustments may help you get more smiles from your miles. Our bodies change as we age of course, so a set up from a few years ago may need a tweak or two for optimum comfort this year.
Notice something here? Most of these suggestions make your resolutions easier to keep by making one change up front – new wardrobe item, new saddle, new routine, new training – then it’s just a matter of using it through the year. No need for a year’s supply of extra willpower. Sweet success!
What cycling resolutions are you making for 2019? Let us know in the comments.
However you move into the bright shiny New Year, enjoy the ride!
*New Year Resolution facts backed up by actual internet research.