Do your thoughts of spring include buying a new bike? If it's been a long time since you bought one, you might want to give Barbara Brotman's column a read. She's included some helpful tips for finding the bike that's right for you.
The example below is what's called a city bike - a style that's very suitable for easy rides to meet up with friends at a local coffeehouse, do a little grocery shopping, go to a concert, etc.
The model below is a cargo bike, another example of the newer styles available now to suit different types of riders. The range of available bike styles is much wider than it was 20 years ago.
I recommend taking a test ride before you buy. The shop should adjust the bike to properly fit you. You'll get the most enjoyment out of a bike that's appropriate for the type of riding you like to do. Wishing you a season of pleasant riding.