Urban Biking: 7 Reasons To Start Riding Dirty

Urban biking is anything but a passing trend. Here’s why.

Urban Bikes
Photo: Public Bikes

1. “Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

My man Ralph understood why urban biking is the way to get around. Though nearly every car on the streets these days is yellow, black, or has a mustache, don’t take the bait. Biking is like taking those commuter minutes of your life back. It’s a way to travel that requires you to pay attention and look around, and with the endorphins flowing you’ll be far less likely to notice a traffic jam, and far more likely to notice the free concert in the park. That you can easily stop at. Because you’re on a bike.

2. Open your eyes before you permanently face-plant into virtual realty.

We’re lucky that humans haven’t evolved within the last twenty years or we’d all have beady little nearsighted eyes. You’re now out of the car, your phone has been fastened securely, and it’s time to use those sexy peepers. Notice the patchwork brick on an old building, the human that perfectly matches her dog, and the breathtaking heiny on a runner.

3. Develop some $killz.

Now, I should preface by saying that I very recently got into biking in Chicago. My skill level is approximately that of a seven year old that just lost the training wheels, but still has the streamers. But am I having a blast? Yes. Do I talk about my bike the way I do about a manly conquest? Yes. The thing is, there aren’t enough times later in life to take on a new skill, so take the challenge!

4. Exercise, baby.

Subtract all of the minutes you’ve spent in cabs, add some deliberate heavy breathing, and you’ve got yourself a beautiful bod. Nothing feels better than an endorphin rush and the soreness that comes with hard work.

5. Rough yourself up a bit.

I don’t know about you, but growing up I found something weirdly satisfying about coming home roughed up, wearing bumps and bruises like badges of honor. I’m not telling you to eat $hit down a San Francisco hill, I’m merely pointing out that in the manicured city where the worst we get is athlete’s foot from gym shower, a few bruises are a nice reminder that we’re mere mortals.

6. Learn all the nooks and crannys.

Unless you’re one of those face-down Google Map route-monitors, you’re not going to learn much about the city burrowed in with tinted windows. Biking gives you the perfect amount of time to note each street you pass, and find the best routes to get around.

7. Biking is sexy (and good for the environment.)

The final reason that urban biking should be your go-to travel method is that it’s also good for that bad bitch mother nature. With all of the bike shares popping up city to city, there’s no reason you can’t try it and see if it works for you. Now jump on and let me know how it goes!

Got urban biking tips? Share them in the comments!

Lena Kazer

Lena is a Chicago native, her travel style consists of red cowboy boots that make her feel like she can take over the world. She adores Peru and can't travel without her journal to draw or write in.

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