What kind of bike do you have? I really want to start riding my bike more and this may seem like a stupid excuse, but I am self conscious about my bike. It's a cheap and lame "mountain" bike from target I got like 6 years ago. I live on a military base and there is a big cyclist community and I feel stupid riding my crappy mountain bike on the road, but I really want to ride my bike and I don't have money to buy one. Any advice?
My advice? Keep on riding! It doesn’t matter what kind of bike you have, as long as it goes. I currently ride a Rivendell Betty Foy, but for the longest time I rode a jankety Fuji my brother scored me from the bike shop he worked out. It wasn’t always so cruddy, but after a few accidents, a crooked wheel, no brakes, and a seat that ripped my pantyhose - the Fuji and I weren’t the best of pals. But, I still rode that bike because I didn’t want to fix it up/never had any extra money. The Betty Foy was a very generous gift that I cherish and I know that I’m very lucky to have her. If you are looking to upgrade, check Craigslist and garage sales - people on military bases are always moving! Good luck in your search, and don’t be embarrassed - I guarantee if you speed by everyone else, they won’t even notice your bike.