The Many Benefits of Biking

@artinthefind (Conni Jespersen), avid bike rider, says: "A bike ride a day keeps the blues away." Quote and photo from her instagram feed; reposted with permission.

Conni Jespersen, stylist behind the blog Art in the Find, rides her vibrant Brooklyn Bicycle all over Toronto. See all her colorful style choices on instagram.

As National Bike Month draws to a close, it’s important to remember to incorporate bike riding into your life year-round–not just for the 30 days a year restaurants are offering discounts for arriving by bicycle. While it can seem daunting to change how you’ve always gotten yourself from place to place, the process doesn’t have to be unduly stressful, and the benefits of biking can be immense. We asked some Brooklyn Bicycle riders how riding a bike has changed their lives–in little ways and big–and here’s what they said…

Small changes, big impact

Christina & Robert of Arizona lifestyle blog New Darlings, on owning bikes: "...small changes to our everyday routines...have made a big impact on the way we live."

Christina and Robert of Arizona lifestyle blog New Darlings make a stylish pair on their Willow and Driggs bicycles. Follow their adventures on instagram.

“Since both getting bikes back in December, we have made some small changes to our everyday routines that have made a big impact on the way we live.  Our home is in central Phoenix, so all the great spots are so close and bike trails are everywhere. Taking our bikes out for a spin and pedaling to the nearest coffee shop on Sunday mornings, then stopping at the local market on the way home makes weekends more fun and gives us the bit of exercise we need.”

Community connection

Whitney Campeau of lifestyle blog See Shop Eat Do on why she bikes: "...biking helps you to be more in the moment and connected to your surroundings."

Whitney Campeau of lifestyle blog See Shop Eat Do cruises around LA on her Brooklyn Bicycle. Soak up her style on instagram.

“I find that whenever I ride my bike I discover new things (a pretty tree, a gorgeous house, a new coffee shop) that I wouldn’t have even noticed if I were zooming past in my car. I love that biking helps you to be more in the moment and connected to your surroundings.”

Exercise and clarity

Joe Miragliotta of Joe's Daily and @mens.magazine talks the benefits of biking: "...I've found it peaceful and a great way to clear my head."

Joe Miragliotta of men’s lifestyle blog Joe’s Daily and men’s lifestyle magazine @mens.magazine zips around LA on our popular Wythe.

“I may be the only person in Los Angeles who doesn’t own a car. Since starting my business and working from home, I decided it was time to ditch the car and get a bike. Life changing! Not only do I get a great workout, I’ve found it peaceful and a great way to clear my head in between long writing sessions on the couch.”

Positivity, confidence, empowerment

Erin Hagstrom of vintage style blog calivintage on how bike riding has changed her life: "Owning a bike has been a really empowering experience for me."

“Owning a bike has been a really empowering experience for me. When I first got a bike (as an adult), I used it as my main form of transportation while living in San Francisco and Oakland. It not only gave me the freedom to go wherever I wanted, but it also connected me with other cyclists, and opened my eyes to how wonderful it is that we can fuel these machines with our own bodies. I loved it so much that eventually I decided to go touring, and it was one of the most transformative and positive experiences in my life. I never knew that I had the strength to ride for so many hours, or that I could conquer so many huge climbs riding the California coast. It really changed the way I viewed my body; I gained a lot of confidence, and had the opportunity to see so many beautiful places.”

Our mission at Brooklyn Bicycle Co. is to connect people with their communities–the way Christina and Robert get out and about; the way Whitney is more aware of and inspired by her surroundings; the way Joe gets out of his head and into the world; and the way Erin meets other cyclists and, through her travels, expands her very definition of community. And bike riding has even more to recommend it! It gives you control of your commute, reduces pollution by replacing a car, helps you stay fit and healthy, and brings you joy–arguably its most important role.

So as National Bike Month ends, we say: Keep riding! It’ll certainly change your life in small, fun ways–and very likely in big, empowering ways. And we’d love to know what biking has done for you! Share your experiences in the comments or tweet at us.

2 Comments

 
Conni

May 28, 2016

I have never be happier than riding my Brooklyn bike. I even named her Poppy! Thank you so much for what you do Brooklyn Bike co!

 
Emily Rose

May 28, 2016

We’re so glad you love your bike! Thanks for sharing your colorful adventures and being such a positive person!

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