I wasn’t a massive cycling person. In fact, up until 2 years ago I hadn’t owned a bike for over 10 years. Shocking isn’t it? I’ll bet that I’m not alone here and a fair few mid late twenty somethings also don’t have access to their own bicycle. The beauty is you can actually rent these wonderful metal objects with wheels and be on the road in a jiffy.
I’m not actually even writing about hiring a bike, I’ve sharing four reasons to get on your bike and a cheeky review on the Flare Clothing new cycling kit range too. Like with my preparing for a run post, although that was mostly a spontaneous post, this one was scheduled to be up weeks ago and I’ve just been terrible and fallen apart where content is concerned. Partly because I haven’t planned content for this week and also because I’m moving house and need to get decorated and settled before I restart my content for the rest of the year.
I was quite lucky as I managed to get my bike through a cycle2work scheme from my old place of work. I love cycling and it always reminds me of the days as a kid that my nan and I would bike from Elgin through to RAF Lossiemouth every Summer holiday to play at the beach and watch the RAF jets on their training exercises over the sea. It was so dreamy and I wish we were still able to do this. Rose tinted specs essential.
With Summer here and the weather a definite improvement on previous years as well as working from my laptop pretty much all the time it’s been a great opportunity to get out on my bike this season. I have realised that cycling is so much harder then I remember as a kid. Even with all the cross training and running it really doesn’t prepare you for pedalling uphill.
There I was waddling up the MASSIVE hill with my bike and a sweat on when a gent buzzes passed on his bloody moped and beeps and waves at me beaming trying not too laugh.
It was hilarious according to Ben. Anyway practise makes perfect and all that and with all the chances we’ve had it’s been such great fun getting out and about and getting in that exercise whilst having fun and being social.
improves health and fitness levels
Of course cycling is great exercise for everyone. Have you felt the muscle pains in your legs after a good bike ride. I also find it great when I am suffering with some sort of running injury as the low impact doesn’t have an adverse affect on my shins. Speed and intensity are extremely important too for weight loss and burning calories as well as building muscle in your legs too. It’s also a great way to ease yourself in to exercise and can improve heart/lung function and reduce the risk of cancer.
improves mental wellbeing
I have to admit you do kind of feel a buzz when you’ve hit a new personal best and finally managed to tackle that daunting hill you’ve been avoiding forever. Both adrenaline and endorphin’s work together whilst moving to improve your mood and coupled with the achievements it’s a great way to get yourself feeling good for the day.
encourages adventure and spontaneity
Unlike running I’m happier to leave the journey planning well alone when on the bike. It’s great fun when Ben and I take a trip out as we just go in any direction that takes our fancy. Of course we also abide by the rules of the road as we all know how angry we get at cyclists when driving in our oversized tin cans with wheels being all superior. A little adventure is good for the soul I think and I cannot wait to start exploring the countryside around our new home.
meet new people
As with running if you are a keen cyclist you can always find a club/group to join in the fun. I always find that I enjoy exercising more when part of a group. To be honest, even when running I don’t tend to chat while concentrating, I just enjoy the fact that there are other people around me that enjoy the same thing. We’re all in it together right?
There are also endless apps that you can join, my personal favourite being Strava where you can record, measure and track your progress for running, cycling, swimming, walking and more. You can also follow other athletes and congratulate everyone on their daily achievements as well as have conversations and give/take advice too. Handy huh?
A fun innovative women’s mountain bike clothing range? Yes please.
Flare is more than just clothing – we want to promote cycling of whatever discipline to be something rad, whether it’s racing downhill, riding familiar trails or just having a blast at the pump track.
An idea in 2012 to the launch of their first women’s jersey collection shortly after means that Flare Clothing have already gathered three wonderful years of experience. This has allowed them too launch full riding gear from jerseys to shorts to casual hoodies a firm favourite of mine.
Having recently made the move to manufacturing in Europe to take advantage of new technology and gain access to some of the top specialist fabric suppliers the brand are fast approaching releasing some amazing riding gear and I am definitely excited to watch this unfold and see what they come up with next.
Flare Clothing were kind enough to send me some of their new adventure range aimed at everyone from pro bikers to the likes of me and my amateur cycling activities. In the images I’m wearing the Stage Enduro Jersey and the Stage Enduro Shorts and they are super comfortable and I absolutely love that they are so vibrant and just scream adventure.
I had so much fun on this shoot and putting the content together and I hope you enjoy too and use those four reasons to get on your bike as inspiration to get cycling today. Have you tried the new adventure range by Flare Clothing yet?
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