Did you know…
The longest “tandem” bicycle seated 35 people, it was more than 65 feet long.
You can fit about 15 bicycles in the same space that one car occupies.
The summer crowds are thinning out as parents switch out the swim noodles for backpacks. Now that those sunburned, hot summer days are winding down, can the Autumn aromas of apple cider, pumpkin lattes, and leisurely bicycle treks be far behind?
The long, isolating days of home confinement are in our rear view mirror as we hop on a bike to gaze at the leaf-turning maples in their majestic hues of red and orange.
While trail and mountain bikes are popular with the biking diehards, as are cruisers for leisurely neighborhood touring, electric bikes (e-bikes) are gaining in popularity. In the past, the limitations of age and ability might force a rider to relinquish the joys of biking. Even serious cycling enthusiasts have come to appreciate the long distances that can be traveled on an e-bike. (Check out Biking Brian on YouTube as he rides his e-bike from Illinois to Denver!)
And consider these top health benefits of regular cycling
It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health. Cycling is:
Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.
A good muscle workout– cycling uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal.
Easy – unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget.
Good for strength and stamina– cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.
As intense as you want– cycling can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout.
A fun way to get fit– the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places.
Time-efficient – as a mode of transport, cycling replaces sedentary (sitting) time spent driving motor vehicles or using trams, trains or buses with healthy exercise.
Regardless of the type of wheels, “kids” of all ages are eagerly lacing up their sneakers to ride solo or join up with friends to take to the streets.
If you want to try out an e-bike, head to
Pedago Spring Lake - 217 Jersey Ave., Spring Lake
(732) 902-2838 pedagoelectricbikes.com
Rides in Motion - 520 Main Ave., Bay Head
(732) 639-2095 ridesinmotion.com
For cruisers and an assortment of styles, here are a few rental places:
Shore Riders Bike Rentals - 421 River Ave., Point Pleasant
(732) 595-2453 shoreriders.com
Asbury Park Cyclery - 1201 Main St., Asbury Park
(732) 502-0077 briellecyclery.com
Brielle cyclery 205 Union Ave
Pedal Away - 1308 Third Ave., Spring Lake