IN RECENT months, we have seen the influx of bikes and biking groups taking on the streets. It has become transportation, physical fitness, and socialization basics in this time of the pandemic. For most workers wanting to avoid "social distancing" in public utility vehicles, biking has become a very convenient means of commute without sacrificing health protocols. It also saves them time waiting for available rides to and from the office.
If others are into biking for transportation, some are into it for physical exercise. Organized sports games like basketball are still not allowed under the IATF guidelines; thus, people resort to biking as a form of exercise. Most biking activities are from 40 minutes to a whole day, and it is excellent for developing cardio. (I belong to this category of bikers.)
As a form of socialization, many biking groups are organized within offices, organizations, institutions, and even villages. It is an excellent way of meeting other bikers and making new friends while getting exercise.
With biking becoming a new normal, some tips on how we can enjoy this activity more:
Invest in essential gears. A helmet to protect us if we accidentally fall off the bike is necessary-water bottles to keep us hydrated and, of course, emergency tools for repairs on the road.
Carry identification with you. If going on a long ride, some IDs would help, especially with health checks in between borders. Mobile phones are also handy when it needs to communicate.
Bring some cash. As with identification, you may need some money for unexpected expenses during the ride. It is required for eating to replenish one's energy in between rides.
Enjoy the ride. Whether as a beginner, advanced or professional rider, what matters most is you enjoy the experience. If going on solo rides, enjoy the moment of your ride. With group rides, enjoy the company and learn from each other's experiences.
I have been a weekend solo rider as an exercise during this pandemic. I usually ride early mornings. What I find very pleasing while going during my regular weekend rides is the camaraderie on the road. Fellow bikers were greeting one another through a simple nod of the head and a good morning as they pass you. Indeed, when we engage in sports, we learn respect for one another.
Notes from the sidelines:
Happy birthday, greetings to the leader of the band, Mr. Wilfredo "Butch" Samante.