Getting Around: The Bicycle

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With gas prices going through the roof and summer around the corner, investing in a new set of “wheels” is not only cheaper but more environmentally friendly.

What isn’t to love about bicycles? Again you are helping the environment by cutting down on gas emissions, but you are also getting the activity your body craves. A double win. Even better is that more and more cities are becoming more cyclist friendly by offering safe bike lanes and if something happens some city buses have bike racks on the front so you’ll never be stuck.

Don’t have a bike and don’t know what to get? You have a couple of choices based on what you plan on doing. I’m no expert on bikes but there are three different kinds you may want to look into.

Casual
If you are a casual biker who is just looking for something to get you to the grocery store you may only need a one speed that is sturdy enough to have a basket. With these bikes you can even go for design, maybe even a cute retro bike like this one:Canadian Tire

Urban
If your bike is going to be your main/only form of transportation you may want something with a little more options. Look for a bike with different speeds so that you’ll be able to get where you are going fast. Also look for something lightweight so you won’t have to use as much energy. Bikes with thin tires are great for that reason as well as speed.
Check out this hybrid for women at Canadian Tire

Sporty
If you enjoy camping and hiking you may want to bring your bike along for the ride. Your bike will need to have the right suspension to make sure you don’t go flying on a bump, as well as flexible with speeds so you don’t kill yourself going up those hills. Also needs to be sturdy enough to take take a tumble if needed.

You need a mountain bike, and it’s all in the name. This bike will keep up with your intense lifestyle.

Check out this one for $100 at Canadian Tire

Still not sure what you’re looking for? Check out Canadian Tire’s Bike Buying Guide

Happy shopping! Remember to pick up your helmet and obey all road laws, Safety First.

-Heather

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