Bike for life

Riding your bike is cheap, gets you in shape and protects from heart disease

Here are some darn good reasons for riding a bike rather than getting behind the wheel of an automobile:

• Cycling is one of the easiest (and cheapest) means of exercise.

• Cycling builds strength and tones muscle. It’s not just your legs that get a workout—so does your core and backside.

• Cycling is an effective way of building stamina without boring yourself on a treadmill or elliptical.

• Cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour and 30 minutes every day burns 11 pounds of fat in a year.

• Cycling 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50 percent, according to a study by the British Medical Association.