Summer has finally arrived which means that the biking season is finally upon us! Me and Dan bike every day, often more than once, and I have come to love urban biking! We live in a small town where it makes a lot of sense to commute between work, to do groceries, head to the climbing gym or the forest. In the summer we often bike to a lake to go for a swim.
I know every turn and bump in town at this point and as I zoom down the grassy hill in our park and up onto the road there’s a huge sense of freedom.
With my bike I can go wherever I want to and when I want to, using my own body. It’s amazing! No need to care for timing the bus, having gas in the car or expensive parking. As a bonus I get to work out, especially as I try to keep up with Dan and his long legs.
I’ll be honest though, I used to hate biking. I had some bad experiences with it as a kid and it left a mark on me. So as an adult I’ve kind of avoided it. As a result I was quite hesitant towards picking it up. Biking in town with loads of people and cars added to the fear but Dan loves it and was determined I bike with him.
It was a struggle at first and I had to take my time but now I’m comfortably zipping through town rather quickly and I love biking together with Dan. I even bike during winter now too! I had a decent bike but last year I upgraded to a mountain bike so I can easily switch between being in the city or pedalling through the lush greenery that surrounds Sundsvall.
Lately Sundsvall has put a lot of money towards constructing more bike lanes and bike lights, and Södra Berget got
funding to expand the MTB-trails a lot so we are very stoked to be biking even more in the future!