In these uncertain of times I’m sure some of you are thinking about finances and if you were looking to purchase a bike you are now thinking. Why buy a bike now with all this uncertainty?
There are many reasons that you should still be looking to buy that bike.
1 – Physical Health Benefits.
Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity ( this literally means “with oxygen”, and refers to the use of oxygen in muscles’ energy-generating process. ) This means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper in (taking more oxygen), perspire and experience increased body temperature, this in turn will improve your overall fitness level.
Physical health benefits of cycling include:
- increased cardiovascular fitness
- increased muscle strength and flexibility
- improved joint mobility
- improved posture and coordination
- strengthened bones
- decreased body fat levels
- prevention or management of disease
2 – Mental Health Benefits
With the Government now imposing a lock down and telling us we need to stay indoors. Having a bike and the ability to go out for a ride once a day on your own or with people in your household. Can not just help your body feel better but you mind too. (No one wants to end up like Jack Nicholson in the Shinning now do we)
Mental health benefits of cycling include.
- Reduced Stress
- Reduced Anxiety
- Calmer thinking
- Combats depression.
- Increased self-esteem.
Even a short burst of 10 minutes fast walking increases your mental alertness, energy and positive mood. So can you imagine what half an hour of cycling would do to you. Don’t just take my word for it take the word of The Medical Heath Foundation UK.
3 – Supporting Local Business
Research shows For every £1 spent with a local, independent business, up to 70p circulates back into that local economy. Shopping online or in big corporate businesses and out of town retailers only generates around 5p back into the local community. So buying a £500 bike from a small independent like us means that up to £350 will go back into your local community. £500 spent at chain cycle shop means just £25 goes back to the local community.
4 – You Want A New Bike
You have been thinking about buying a new bike for a while now. You know it will make you feel better physical and mentally. The uncertainty of staying indoors shouldn’t stop you from getting you new shinny bike. Its a simle argument but if you have wanted it for a while and still do. Buy it. There is also mental health benefits from buying items you like and want. Buying something you want releases endorphins in your body. That make you feel happy.
5- I already have a bike I don’t want a new one
So you already own a bike but it’s not been loved for a while, perhaps its more cost-effective to get it fixed and you are looking for a bike repair near me. Why not book in for a service, we offer a full range of options including basic brake and gear services to our recommended full strip-down and bicycle rebuild service.
Find out more about bike servicing in Derby from our bike repair options here