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Page 12 ~1t~ ~T~ ~/ra - April 18, 2012 Why bike? Lots of g d reasons 5 09 SMOKERCRAFT 14.5" SuDer 0w hours on *h s nice tishng boat 9.9 Mercury Bigtoof four stroke OUTDOara. blrntn, too. moanr cover, r0a nolaers oncn(~ ec[. $7995 96 GMC YUKON 96 CARRI-LITE 26RKS SDort Ulilitv 4D Nice SUV Super nice shape for an for the monew older 5[h wheel[ No aamage, no leaks, Stock#8118 everything works.., come & get it! Stock#8084 $6995 $11,995 3195 S. SANTIAM HWY, LEBANON. OR 97355 l 541-258-2175 1 [OLR # 3102] MON-FRI: 8:AM TO 6:PM I SAT: 9:AM TO 6:PM I SUN: 9:AM TO 5:PM ] FOR ALL YOUR SPORTING GOOD NEEDS 610 MAIN STREET J 541.367.5544 HOURS: MON.- SAT. 9 - 6 l SUN. 10 - 4 EE]WIN VARMINT JIMNO - )El( iTEM / 550CORD-SH IOOFT ROLLS I 12+ COLORS BACK IN STOCK. 8T8 IiTEELHEflD .115- 1/8OZ, SIZE I HOOK I 17 COLORS REGULAR: $2.59 fiR15 LOWEll PflR'iS KIT- SSH ANDERSON MFG Editor's note: This is the first of six articles submitted by Roger Gaither of the Santiam Spokes cy- cling club, which will appear in coming weeks as space allows. The club is offering a series of six classes on Wednesday evenings at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital for those interested in learning to ride more seriously. For detail~, see Around Town on page 6. Your attitude, fitness, envi- ronment and bank account benefit when you become a bicyclist. And bicycling is real transportation. Generally, bicycling takes place in pleasant surroundings, at a slower pace than other forms of travel, and with nice people. As regular exercise, bicycling causes you to release your own natural endorphins which are relaxing and relieve body aches. Bike commut- ing is usually done on less trav- eled side streets/roads and traffic is generally polite to law-abiding bicyclists. You see and hear the birds (and other wildlife) and ac- tually smell the flowers. Overall. bicycling is relaxing and relieves stress. Exercise Regular exercise such as bicy- cling in combination with a good diet can bring your weight into line with the norm for your stature. You will lose if you are too heavy and you will gain strength and weight if you are in poor physical condition or underweight. Bicycling is excellent exer- cise because you can sustain the activity for a long time with en- joyment. The low impact nature of bicycling is actually good for your muscles and joints. Medical research overwhelm- ingly shows that regular sustained. moderate physical exercise (such as bicycling) improves your heart. circulatory and lung functions re- sulting in better aerobic fitness: this is directly correlated with life span and also the feeling of well- ness throughout life. Most people can bicycle comfortably into their seventies and beyond. Environmentally neutral Riding a bicycle is environ- mentally neutral. Bicycling gener- ates no polluting exhaust, no noise and reqmres no gasoline. Bicy- cling requires only a 3- to 5-foot shoulder on busier streets and a bicyclist can easily share the road- way with cars on less busy roads and streets. Economical transportation In comparison with car travel. bicycling is a terrific economic value. With an average life of 5-8 years, currently a car costs at least 93 cents per mile including fuel & oil. maintenance, insurance. road taxes, and vehicle price & tax. Thus. a person driving 25,000 miles in a year spends at least $23.250 each year in direct and hidden costs on auto travel. An excellent website enumerates that and dissects these costs in com- parison with travel by bicycle is www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/ad- vocacy/autocost.htm A high-quality bike costs about $1.500 and lasts about 10 years. This makes the annual cost about $150 for the bike. $200 for protective clothing, and $150 for Photo courtesy of Santiam Spokes maintenance, totaling a yearly cost of $500. If you ride 5,000 miles per year. (not including insurance. which probably wouldn't dimin- ish) you could save at least $3,000 per year and your car will last lon- ger. Recreation and travel Recreation is where bicy- cling especially shines. Pedaling through the countryside, at exotic locales, or m your neighborhood under your own power is great fun. You can travel on your bike for long vacations in the USA or to foreign lands which are frequently more bicycle friendly than the US. Bicycling as a weekend recreation- al ride is special, low-cost fun the entire family can enjoy together. Give it a shot These are just the essential benefits from bicycling as a regu- lar. sustained form of travel and recreation. The benefits are real and significant. Give bicycling a try. For more information call Roger Gaither at 503/394-3696. The Green Peter Kokauee Derby on May 19 will kick off a series of four kokanee events held See Derby, page 13 Enjoy outdoors coverage? Stop in and let our advertisers know you appreciate their support!