Christmas is approaching, and most of us are starting to scope out gift ideas for the ones we love. Some people are easy to shop for. You can pretty much get them a variation of the same thing each year, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Others are a little more difficult. So if you’re struggling to work out a good way to treat a loved one, how about endowing them with the gift of a new hobby? You will ensure that they maintain a healthy lifestyle and also have fun. What more could you ask for? Here are some tips to getting your loved ones into cycling.
You might like to get a loved one a bicycle for health reasons. Aftre all you want them to live a long and healthy life. Cycling is an easy, low-pressure form of exercise that almost anybody can undertake. You can start easy and slowly build your stamina and strength.
The Fun Factor
Cycling can bring you and your loved one closer. You can travel to all sorts of beautiful places together on two wheels. See beautiful landscapes. Pop to quaint cafes and restaurants. Go on cycling holidays and mini breaks. A new bicycle will present your loved one with a whole new world of adventure.
Choosing A Bicycle
Okay, the obvious place to start is choosing a bike. There are all sorts of frames, shapes, and designs. So how do you know what’s best for the person you are buying for? Well, first and foremost, consider their size. If you are buying for a child, look at the best sort of bike for their size. You might also need to find stabilizers if this is going to be their first bicycle. Buying for your wife? Smaller frames are available for women whose legs might not reach the pedals of larger bikes comfortably. Buying for your husband? Bear in mind his height and ask for the best frame size for him in store. Don’t worry if you struggle. There’s a bike out there for everyone. You might just need to spend a little more time rooting for the perfect one.
Speaking of special added extras, there are plenty more affordable cycling accessories out there. An absolute must when you’re investing in a bicycle for you or someone else is a helmet. This is paramount for safety. But a bog-standard helmet doesn’t make the best gift. There are beautiful patterns and designs available. Bicycle bags attach to the back of your bike and allow you to carry a little more. Wicker baskets can also be attached to the front for light loads, such as a small bag of grocery shopping. Camel packs are ideal for those who cycle long distances. These are essentially backpacks full of water with a tube that leads to the cyclist’s mouth. It means that they can keep hydrated on the go. For those who like Orla Kiely, there’s even a specially designed accessories range for cyclists available. For the safety conscious, bells, horns, and extra lights.
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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.