I really really like the new bicycle I bought just before Christmas.
I paid for it with part of the $A1,200 payment the Australian Government issued to pensioners as part of a package to stimulate the economy. The rest of it is covering most of the cost of rejuvenating my old lounge suite - so you see I've done my bit for the country by pumping the money back into the economy.
But my bicycle means a lot more to me than that. It's such fun, for one. Secondly, it's helping me get fit.
I rode around the bicycle paths and parks in my neighbourhood for more than an hour this afternoon. If that doesn't help my arthritis et al, I don't know what will!
I went up all sorts of little byways that you'd never bother about in a car. At a bike's pace you can see so much more.
When I wasnt too far from home I spied a park bench which was sheltered from the nippy breeze that had sprung up near the lake.
I was bathed in late autumn sunshine as I drank from my water bottle and crunched into a crisp apple. Then I settled to read a book in idyllic surroundings.
I am pretty confident riding it these days, although I must admit to a mild battle early on. I hadn't ridden a bicycle for more than 50 years.
I confess that I ran into the guard rails of a bridge and barked my shins a week or so after I bought it. But that was before I got the hang of the gears.
The benefits have certainly outweighed that bit of inconvenience.
I strongly recommend a bike to any oldie who wants to feel their blood flowing again. My chiropractor and my general practitioner certainly approve.
So you can see my bike is a plus all round.
How long is it since you rode a bicycle? Do you miss it? Than why not have another go?
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