Ever felt the wind on your face while you glide along a bike path? Spin is in, without any fancy gym membership.
For those who want to stay active but don't fancy walking because it's too slow, too much effort, too don't-want-to-fuss-with-a-pedometer, too whatever, there's biking to the rescue.
Cycling is no longer a solitary activity because there are numerous biking groups and online forums open to anyone who is interested.
There's the Bike to Work Challenge, which is a fantastic way to sign up for free, log and keep track of commuting to and from work. This site, however, doesn't take into account recreational biking, or those who are self-employed or work from home.
So, for those who don't care to log in bike commutes to work, and just want to bike for fun, there's the Yay Bikes, a locally focused bicycling advocacy group.
This site is useful as it announces any bike path closures due to construction, and gives readers detour options. Sign up is also free.
And then there's Consider Biking, which works to make Columbus increasingly safe, accessible and friendly to bicycle transportation.
Its latest announcement states that there's an upcoming bike festival on July 16 and 17, and August 1, 2010. This event is partnered with Mayor "Bikin’ Mike" Coleman, the City of Columbus, the Institute for Active Living and numerous other organizations.
A possible deterrent might be that joining this group requires a membership fee. Student or senior membership is $15, individual is $30, and family of two is $50. If you want to make a significant contribution, bask in being a super biker, or enjoy bragging rights, you can sign up as Patron de Peleton for $1,000 or as Benefactor for $2,500.
Whatever your interest or budget, there's a bike community just for you.