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Five ways to get your friends riding bikes

Do you have that one friend who uses every excuse in the book to avoid getting a bike? Well here are five foolproof ways to get your future cycling buddy on a bike, which trust us they will thank you for…eventually. Because riding bikes with friends is so much fun!

One – Go bike shopping together. If your friend is new to cycling, the experience can sometimes be a little overwhelming or daunting. Simply visit Reid, to locate your nearest stockist and find your favourite bikes.

Two – Play a game of ‘compare the petrol receipts’. To win, your receipts must show the least amount of money spent on petrol over the last week. Cycling wins every time.

Three – If they’re taking their time to embrace the bike, sometimes, taking control is the only way. Chuck a helmet in their lap and force them to ride. Or simply hide their car keys for the day.

Four – Be a good pal, and shout your friend a few too many takeaways. When they see themselves starting to gain a little extra weight, it’ll trigger the urge to ride instead of driving or using public transport. Not horrible, loving.

Five – If all else fails, tie your friend to a chair and blast ‘Queen – Bicycle Race’ non-stop until they give in.

There you have it, our five ways to ‘convince’ your future cycling buddy to join in on the fun – riding a bike with friends!

Now, we know cycling isn’t for everyone. However, when you think about how much fun you’ll have, how much money you’ll save, plus the health benefits – you’ve got to at least try it out, right?

But don’t forget if your friend hasn’t ridden for years, be sure to take into account:

Safety – Many people will avoid cycling due to the fear of their or others’ safety. If this is the case, give them a few lessons on the basics and build their confidence.

Time – Does your friend live two hours out of town? Perhaps consider hitting the cycle tracks or going to a beginner’s friendly event instead.

Clothing – We all like to look our best, even when we’re riding. Actually, riding a bike doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your style. Just a few key essentials will do.

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