It’s true that when some people develop a passion for cycling, they take it to the extreme, dressing up like some Mark Cavendish/Bradley Wiggins lovechild clad head to toe in Lycra. But don’t let that put you off.
Actually, as Jean Mowbray from Cycle Training UK points out, all you really need to get out and enjoy the benefits of cycling is a roadworthy bike and a helmet to protect your precious cranium.
And why not swap four wheels for two? We Nifties are arguably best positioned to take up new hobbies and try new things, now that the kids have left home and we have a little more disposable income to play with.
Not only is cycling great exercise and perfect for keeping fit past the age of 50, it’s also incredibly fun and could take you so many places.
Explore your local area, stopping off for a pub lunch along the way of course, take your bike to coast and admire the scenery, or bike to work and put flabby old Jim in accounts to shame as he scoffs his morning doughnut.
Once you’ve mastered the art of changing gears and signalling left and right, the options are endless, from weekends in the countryside to cycling holidays.
“Go for it,” Jean Mowbray urged. “Just take the plunge and don’t think about all the reasons why you can’t. Many people are put off because they never learnt to ride as children. Remember you are never too old to learn to cycle.”
It’s true that not everyone learns to ride a bike as a wee nipper, and if you fall into that category, you’re probably reluctant to try for fear of falling flat in your face or wrapping yourself and your brand new bike around a tree.
But Cycle Training UK offers courses for people of all ages, whether we’re getting on a bike for the first time or simply looking to polish up our road safety skills, so there’s really no excuse.
Cycling gives you an immediate sense of freedom – one you won’t experience sat behind the wheel of a car. Isn’t that what being a Nifty is all about?
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