PACTIMO REWARDS(0)    PACTIMO & COVID-19  |  FREE EXCHANGES  |  FREE SHIPPING ON $70+ ORDERS    NEED HELP?   US Dollar British Pound

STORY LIBRARIES:   Tips & Advice  ·   People, Places & Things  ·   Training & Coaching
FEATURED BLOGGER:   Alison Powers - Triple National Champion


5 Ways to Get a Friend into Cycling

5 Ways to Get a Friend into Cycling

 [This article originally appeared on bicyclecolorado.org]

None of us were born bicyclists. Well maybe you were if you are Taylor Phinney and both your parents were professional cyclists. But the rest of us had to get our start somewhere else.

In my last post, I mentioned how a friend helped me get into bicycle racing. I believe many of us have this person in our lives, a person who inspired and introduced us to bicycling. It could be your parents, a friend or maybe your coworker. My realization a number of years ago was that I could be that person to others. I bet you too have helped mentor others into cycling.

My top 5 ways of getting a friend into bicycling

Here are my top 5 tips for getting a friend, family member or coworker into bicycling.

5. Encourage your friends to participate in one-day events like Bike to Work Day or a summer-long event like the National Bike Challenge. These events are great for introducing bicycling for fun and transportation to people of all ages and abilities.

4. Go bike shopping with someone new to cycling. Help your friend pick out a bike and necessary gear. Getting a new bike is a really fun experience, but one that is often intimidating at first. Having a friend along makes the bike shopping process a little easier. Check out Bicycle Colorado’s member bike shops here.

3. Don’t bike your drive. The roads we drive on are often not very bicycle-friendly. It may take a little research and exploration, but there are often nicer bicycling streets and paths not far from arterial roads in our Colorado communities. You can help fast track a friend’s route finding with a few tips and suggestions. Many of the routes I ride on today are the same ones a friend or family member showed me years ago.

2. Invite a friend on one of your favorite rides. I like riding on my own, but riding with friends can be a truly enjoyable experience. Riding with others is also a great way to learn bicycling skills, tips and behavior.

1. Be a bicycle ambassador. This sounds a little cheesy, but I think it is important. I was labeled as “that bike guy” at other offices that weren’t bike focused like Bicycle Colorado. I enjoyed helping others find information about bicycling routes, equipment and events. Some people even started riding on a regular basis. I don’t claim to be totally responsible for getting my office mates into bicycling, but I think I played a part. You can do that too by being a bicycle ambassador.

The Outcome

You might change someone’s life in a major way by helping them get into bicycling. Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved health
  • Increased transportation options
  • Decreased time spent in traffic
  • Introduction to a fun sport and activity

Besides helping a friend or family member, increasing the number of people riding bikes in Colorado is beneficial to all of us. By getting more people riding in Colorado, we:

  • Increase demand for bike lanes, bike paths and other cycling facilities
  • Improve safety. The more people riding bicycles, the more people in cars expect to see bicycles
  • Continue to make Colorado a world-class location for you and everyone who rides bicycles in Colorado

Want to do more?

Sign up a friend as a Bicycle Colorado member with our gift membership program. The more members Bicycle Colorado has, the more we can accomplish. Also, there are some great benefits to membership including Bicycling magazine, free one-year membership to Zipcar and more.

Do you have any stories about getting friends or family into bicycling? Please let us know, we want to hear your tips and suggestions.

 


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Erickson is the membership manager at Bicycle Colorado. Mark enjoys commuting to work by bike and putting miles on his road bike. He also hopes to ride on dirt more this year.

About Bicycle Colorado

Bicycle Colorado uses the tools of education and advocacy to make Colorado one of the most bicycle-friendly states. We encourage and promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions and provide a voice for people who ride bicycles in Colorado. With the support of our members, we’ve made significant strides in improving bicycling since 1992.

Learn more at http://bicyclecolorado.org or follow Bicycle Colorado on Facebook and Twitter.

Pactimo is a proud contributing member of Bicycle Colorado.




Related Stories You Might Like

  • 11 Tips to Make Bike Commuting a Reality

    It gets easier with time by David Newcomer / Customer Service Manager I’m writing this on a day that I knew would bring a high chance for wet weather in the afternoon. That promise is being fulfilled and I’m excited! ...

  • 6 Tips to Take Your Cycling Fitness from Indoors to Outside

    As excited as you may be, there are a few things to keep in mind once you're back on the road By: Jennifer Sharp, ALP Cycles Coaching Once winter retreats enough to thaw out the bike lanes in your neighborhood, hordes...

  • Winter Cycling: 6 Things to Keep in Mind

    Things can sneak up on you if you're not prepared - here's what to consider. by David Newcomer / Customer Service Manager I've been saying for the last few years that you can safely mountain bike in Colorado through T...


Also in Tips & Advice for Cyclists

7 Tips for Riding in a Pack
7 Tips for Riding in a Pack

Riding in a pack can be intimidating, and even dangerous at times, but it’s an essential skill for racing and participating in large rides and events. There are good reasons for cyclists to ride in a peloton – efficiency chief among them. And if you’re racing, it’s a skill that is simply not optional.

Read More

Packing for a Bike Race or Event
Packing for a Bike Race or Event

As the outdoor cycling season gets underway, many of us are starting to go to races, charity rides, group rides or other cycling events. Being prepared and having all of your necessary items/gear will help you have a successful and fun day. 

Read More

Cycling Clothing - What to Wear in Different Temperatures
Cycling Clothing - What to Wear in Different Temperatures

It's 42°F outside, potential snow ahead and you've got 2 hours of climbing intervals ahead. What the heck do you wear?! This is probably one of the more popular questions one is thinking about pre-ride or asking fellow buddies and teammates.

Read More

Find us on Google+