Try thinking of a skill you have not practiced in many years. Do you think you could pick back up where you left off? What about twenty, or even thirty years later?
Most skills would seem impossible after such a length of time, but riding a bike affects our brains in a unique way. You truly never forget how to ride a bike. Step back one decade later and you’ll not only pick up right where you left off, but you’ll feel an adrenaline rush—like you’re a kid again.
Josh Tucker, co-owner of Clemmons Bicycle, says that riding bikes is one of the healthiest things families can do together. “It is not only good for your body physically, but emotionally and socially as well,” he said. “Riding bikes is a family activity that gets you away from screens and technology while enjoying the outdoors together.” Cycling is also a unique way to see new parts of the community. Winston-Salem boasts ten greenways located in all areas of the city, as well as large parks, like Tanglewood, that are perfect for weekend adventures with the kids.
While the greenways and parks may be the sweet spots for family bike rides, the downtown area has recently hosted more serious cyclists. Downtown was buzzing in late May as cyclists from around the country filled our streets for back-to-back race weekends; first the USA Cycling Masters National Championship and the USA Cycling Pro Road National Championship, which Winston-Salem is hosting in 2016 and 2017, and then the annual Winston-Salem Cycling Classic the very next weekend. All of this activity, in addition to the new National Cycling Center opening up on Liberty Street, makes those of us who do not ride bicycles wonder—are we missing out on something?
Josh thinks so. “With the new training facility and our revitalized downtown, I expect that Winston-Salem will continue to receive attention from national races,” he said. With all of the activity from the Cycling Championships in May, he saw an influx in rentals at his shop, Clemmons Bicycle. The shop sells, rents, and repairs bicycles and cycling equipment. The shop manager, Ed Reynolds, is one of only 12 USA Cycling certified mechanics in the state. At Clemmons Bicycle, you’ll find only high-quality bikes that are assembled by professionals. They are built to last and to fit you and your child appropriately, saving you money in the long run on repairs versus purchasing a lower-quality, cookie-cutter bicycle at a retail chain store.
As far as exercise goes, it doesn’t get much better than getting outside on your bike. “We’ve all heard about the obesity epidemic and the rates of poor health in our country,” Josh said. “Cycling is gaining popularity because it is a fun and simple way to get moving.” Cyclists come in all shapes and sizes; Josh’s 2½-year-old daughter loves riding her bike. Whether you’re a toddler or a senior, now might be the time to try out the world of cycling. You’re guaranteed to get a workout that doesn’t feel like a workout, because you’re having so much fun—no screens necessary.
Clemmons Bicycle is located at 2703 Lewisville-Clemmons Road in Clemmons. For more information, call 336-766-5564, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.clemmonsbicycle.com. Clemmons Bicycle can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
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