As we fast approach the New Year, it is time to consider what our biking New Year’s Resolutions can be. Following is a list of 10 possible goals to add to your resolution list.
1. Try/ride/buy your first 29er. I have been there. I was a snobby FS 26″ rider before, swearing I wouldn’t be “trendy” with the sure to pass fad of 29ers . . . . until I rode one. Now I own two, and love them. Give it a try. It might not be for you, but it just might be.
2. Go single speed. Simple. Maintenance-free. Great training. Can start with a conversion. What’s not to like?
3. Enter your first 24 Hr Race.
4. Give road riding a try. Blasphemy you say? You don’t have to be all carboned and lycra’d up to keep your legs loose on those wet trail days. A cheap $250 single speed road bike off of Craigs will serve you well and will be a nice change of pace.
5. Volunteer for some trail maintenance and/or trail building. It never hurts to give back and make you appreciate the trails we are all fortunate enough to have.
6. Do a bike repair that you would normally take to the shop. The money you save you can take the wife to dinner to butter her up for for that new bike build you are dreaming about. Don’t forget the Power Point.
7. Go tubeless, you will never look back and just might become a brew master.
8. Make a tool for headset install/removal or other need. A quick Google search will find many simple and effective tools to make for cheap. Stay tuned to this site, as we will be showcasing a few.
9. Ride you bike to work at least once. There are many stipulations you can play with on this one to make it interesting, like doing it in the winter.
10. If the 24 Hr Race was too much for ya, then how about entering a local beginner race. You might just be surprised as how well you do, but no matter what, you will have fun.
If New Year’s Resolutions aren’t your thing, than at least make a promise to yourself that yourself that you will try and get out and ride more.
Be safe, and have a happy New Year.