My listeners know I love being outdoors — almost any weather and any activity, from camping to fishing and more, if it's outdoors, I'm probably going to love it.

I haven't been biking as much as I'd like lately, though, so I was delighted to learn that McU Sports offers rentals (half-day, full-day and overnight) on a wide variety of bicycles. You can try out a particular style before you commit to purchasing it, or if you want to spend a few weekends on a gravel bike or mountain bike, renting is a good, cost effective way to make it a casual hobby.

I couldn't stop with just one, though. After cruising the Greenbelt on a lightweight city bike, I hopped on a gravel bike:

Gravel bikes feature tires that are a bit wider but have a much smaller diameter. Overall, gravel bikes are designed to give you more power and a little more room for error on trails and — you guessed it — gravel.

Then, they got me back on a mountain bike for the first time after a bad experience years ago. They assured me the design and technology has advanced so mountain bikes are easier and more fun to ride — and boy, am I glad I gave it another try! There were a few moments where I pushed myself out of my comfort zone on Bogus Basin, but Jeani's instructions were so helpful. In the end, you've got to trust your instincts and trust your bike.

I know I can't wait to get out there again!

If you're ready to plan your next biking adventure, don't hesitate to stop by McU Sports. The staff is generous with their time and expertise, whether you're asking general advice or scheduling a private lesson. Pop in their downtown location at 822 W. Jefferson St. and tell them I sent you!