Discover Your Neighborhood On A Bike

The car has become so prevalent in our lives, that we take its presence very much for granted, as well as the ability to use it to take us to new and exciting places which we want to explore.

Changing times
But we don't have to go back far in history to find a time when car ownership was a distinct luxury.
Imagine, then, what the world would have been like in such a time. To start with, there were far more smaller, local shops, which stocked most of the items which we needed on a day-to-day basis. Many people relied on such retailers completely, until those who could afford a car ventured further afield to their nearest town, where there were more, larger stores.

In those times, people became used to shopping for far fewer items, yet far more often. There were times when this seemed far from the most convenient way of doing things, yet it was certainly expedient, and our parents and grandparents simply got used to it and got on with their lives.

Discover Your Neighborhood On A Bike

Get to know your neighborhood
Now, though, it can seem that to do your grocery shopping, a car is a necessity. The big supermarket chains have built stores which are designed around the car and, as much as we might dislike them, such stores are now so prevalent that visiting them is a necessity if we want to have the choice of the widest range of products available.

The car, though, has created limitations of its own. Instead of a journey being about enjoying it for its own sake, it has become very much a means to an end. In many cases, journeys are not to be enjoyed, but rather to be endured. And we make far fewer journeys simply for the sake of it – because we know the tension and frustration which they can arouse in us.

How we got to be like this is a more involved question than this article can answer, but we can unequivocally say that many of us would benefit from having access to a slower form of transport, which would be enjoyed purely in its own right, rather than simply being designed to get a journey done as quickly as possible.

And that form of transport is the bike. It may have never occurred to you, but it stands to reason that you can get to see far more of the world in your immediate vicinity when you view your journey from the saddle of a bicycle.

Speed isn't everything
True, your journey will be much slower than if it was petrol-powered, but it has benefits which can make it far more enjoyable. You will be able to travel at your own pace, without feeling under any pressure to keep up with the general traffic flow; you will see your surroundings at closer quarters, and so notice details which you could otherwise miss.  If you're so inclined, you can go off-road – especially if you buy a BMX bike – and get even closer to nature; and you can experience the feeling of having the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. To do the same in a car, you'd have to spend many more thousands of pounds!

If you aren't sure which type of two-wheeled transport suits you, then start by visiting a local bike shop, where you'll be welcome to try out the ones available, and get advice on which type will best suit you depending on the use you'll be getting from it.
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Shaun Sampson
About the Author:

Shaun Sampson is a freelance writer and a keen cyclist who is tempted to take himself down to the bike shop and pick up a brand new BMX right now.

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