Friday, March 09, 2007

Well, it's a new year and the weather is finally warming. That means its time for me to get back on the bike. You see I'm more of a fair weather commuter. I like it to be warm and dry in order for me to ride to work. today it was cool in the morning, about 40 degrees, but the ride home was wonderful - almost 70 degrees! I do believe that is important to do what we each can to reduce our consumption of oil and recycle whatever we can - paper, aluminum, steel, plastic, cardboard, etc. So, I try to do my part when the weather is nice by riding the bike into work 2 or 3 times per week. My goal is to get some exercise (I'm training for a sprint triathlon) and to help the environment and save money on gas. My commute is short - 1.5 miles each way. I could probably ride more and hopefully I will this year.

Here are some tips if you are interested in trying to commute by bike:

  • Start Easy - Bike to work on an off-day to find the safest, most direct route. If you take a relaxed pace, biking is no more effort than walking. After a while you'll be able to speed up
  • Plan ahead - If you have a long ride and will sweat, see if there is a shower you can use at work or a gym nearby. Others just use hand wipes at work to clean up.
  • Dress for success - Many professionals bike to work. They either bring their clothes in on a day they drive, have a laundry service deliver to work, or carry their clothes in a backpack or panniers. Rolling clothes instead of folding reduces wrinkles.
  • Have wheels, will bike - It is not necessary to spend thousands of dollars for a commuter bike. You can use a mountain bike or an old ten-speed. Just have it tuned about at your local bike shop (LBS).
  • Road-side coverage for your bike - Have a plan in case you get a flat tire. Carry a spare tube, air pump, patch kit and tools, if you can. Or a cell phone to call a buddy to help.
  • Be Safe - Always wear a helmet and a light if you will be leaving early in the morning or late at night, and be visible and predictable to cars on the road.
  • Just ride - Most people live within 5 miles of their workplace. The freedom from traffic and parking, the stress reduction, the fitness factor, and saving gas money will make you a bike believer!!!

Today's Mileage: 5.1 miles
Year to Date Mileage: 5.1 miles
2006 Mileage: 164.5 miles



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