I'm not even close to being a biker dude, but dude, I got a "new" bike. It's a 21 speed street bike that I'm storing for my youngest daughter. She recently inherited it from her grand-dad who passed away this summer. Ken, my former father-in-law, was an amazing guy: retired teacher, photographer, wood worker, volunteer, dog lover, and bike rider.
Well, I've lost my racquetball partner to injury, and I've been looking for a way to burn some fat calories and still have fun. I've discovered I can do a 15 minute "lap" around the neighborhood without crossing any major streets. It's fun, safe of the joints, cheap, easy on the schedule, and invigorating. It also burns 15 calories per minute. (Yowza!)
I live in a flat area, but on the "home stretch" of my route, I get cranking at 30 mph for about 5 seconds, then I warm down for the last five minutes of my "trek."
I've been riding for about a week, once a day during the week, and twice a day on the weekends. Just enough to burn a few calories, get the metabolism up, and have a bit of fun in the process. (I also get to see what "wind chill" feels like. Brrrr.)
And although I've lived in this tract of homes for 25 years, I've traveled on a few streets last week that I never have before. I even studied Google Maps to find the longest route. Having fun in my own "backyard." Who knew?
(Actually, my youngest daughter, she knew. Yeah, she did.)