Two Mile Touring

 

 

This time of year, I usually find myself in conversation with someone who is curious about my bike habit. Often they feel like they could never do it themselves.  So I usually give some simple starting advice.I'd Bike But...

 

Because pretty much anyone can ride a bicycle for two miles- for fun, to run an errand, to get dinner with a friend, to explore their neighborhood. Maybe after that they’ll ride two more miles… and then two more…then two more.

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So just ride a bicycle two miles (anywhere) today. Maybe tomorrow too.

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Mark
Mark
1 year 4 months ago

Yeah, we can but try to do our bit…probably find they’ll come up with other excuses tho…

But two miles is a good starting point; 2-5 miles is probably the optimum distance for transport by bike – where it really comes into its own over other modes of transport.

Tim
Tim
1 year 4 months ago

I agree. But if your set-up is convenient – not lugging a bike downstairs, fitting lights, etc – then I’d choose my bike for as little as 500 metres (or less). I’m lazy like that. And I run marathons for fun (occasionally).

Harry
1 year 4 months ago

42% of journeys in London are under two miles (70% are under five miles). Imagine the world we’d have if all those short little journeys were done by bike? We can dream…

John Brooking
John Brooking
1 year 4 months ago

“I just broke up with my boyfriend…”

Then you have more time on your hands to RIDE TWO MILES, and it’s great therapy!

Timothy53
Timothy53
1 year 4 months ago
I lost almost 100 pounds from my 5’6″ frame. That’s a lot. I modified my meals but just as importantly, I started with an exhausting 10 minute walk. Then I got a bike. I relearned how to swim. I went to the gym once a week for 30 minutes. Then I ran my first 5k. That three miles seemed like a huge thing I have completed a triathlon. I have run three marathons. I have run a half marathon or more in 34 States plus DC. I am planning a cross country bike tour in ’17. I am 62 years… Read more »
Claire
1 year 4 months ago

I used to have this exact conversation regularly with my neighbour every time I was cleaning my bike in the garden and it used to drive me crazy. Some people will just always see problems and never realise that the main barrier is themselves.

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