I must admit that I don’t ride my bike as much as I did a year ago. My bad! It’s time to get out the roadster, oil the chain and get back in the saddle!
The top five cycling reservations, according to Ideal Bite:
Losing it (pollution, that is). Every gallon of gasoline we burn creates about 20 pounds of climate-change-causing CO2, making commuting by bike way eco-friendly. A crazy physique. Casual biking burns about 173 calories per hour. Saving up for therapy. A typical U.S. family spends nearly $8,000 per year operating a car, while a bike might cost $50 for an annual tune-up.
â€¦ Get a “Trunk.” Need to bring stuff with you? Backpacks and messenger bags do the trick, but if you need more space, consider a bike basket (we like Jorg & Olif’s wicker version; $60), rack (Topeak has ones you can install yourself; $28), or trailer (Xtracycle has plenty; $264 and up). Wear Layers. You can strip down or layer up depending on how hot you get (and minimize sweating). Hitch a Ride. If you’re too far from the office to ride all the way, most buses have easy-to-use bike racks. (And remember: Riding farther distances gets easier with time, since you’re getting in better shape.) Get Safe. See if your local bike org offers a biking map showing the best roads to take, always have bike lights handy for night riding, and dress in bright colors. And of courseâ€¦ Get a Cute Helmet. Try Bern’s Berkeley Helmet (most models come with a removable knit lining for cold weather; $60) or Jorg & Olif (kinda like an equestrian riding helmet, in a good way, but note: it’s toasty; $75).