In January, I wrote about one of my goals for this year: getting in shape. Now that I’ve posted a recent photograph of myself, you can see that getting in shape is a worthwhile issue. My lifestyle is sedentary, involving a large amount of sitting at computers and driving (commuting). My girlfriend already expressed interest in a bicycle for her birthday, so before looking for apartments today, we shopped at Sports Authority and selected one for each of us.
I think solution has the best chance of being productive. I haven’t been able to motivate myself to work less at night and wake earlier to go running by myself. She would rather bike than jog or run, so I believe bicycling will be a way for us to motivate each other to get into shape. I’d still like to get in the habit of running before leaving for work in the morning, but I’m not convinced I can gain the time to do so until I finish my masters degree.
Two new bicycles, a trunk-mounted rack for my car, and a pair of locks: $500.
Could we have saved money buy buying bicycles from eBay or Craiglist? Probably. The store provided us with a wide selection. I have short legs so the chances are low that searching used listings would have yielded me something that fits me correctly.
We didn’t have time to finish shopping. We’ll still need helmets before we do serious riding; the protective gear looks to be about $20 to $30 for each of us.