Bicycle Commuting – How It All StartedChris Davenport
Riding year around, I can enjoy all of what each season offers. In the spring, I actually DO take time to smell the flowers. The summer offers fresh cut grass, the smell of BBQ, and the sound of summer activities. The fall presents cooler days and changing tree colors. Winter is great cuz it gives me the chance to make the first tracks in the snow. It's also neat to hear," you rode your bike in this weather? That's awesome", and it's satisfying to go to the recycle place or to the grocery store without leaving a carbon footprint.
Here are some tips on getting started. Scope out your work place. Talk to security or your Boss to find out where you can park your bike. I started out being able to park right in my work area. Eventually I and a few other commuters got the hospital to put in a secure cage with bike racks when they built the new parking garage. Get good lights and as much reflective clothing you can find/afford. I have found that a helmet light is a great way to see the area around you as well as making yourself more visible to cars when you direct your light towards them.. My motto is " BETTER LIT THAN HIT.”
In my book, studded tires are a must if you are up to winter riding. I got studded tires and a set of cheap rims so I can keep a set of wheels ready for when I wake up to slick snowy roads.
Most of us already have appropriate clothing for most riding conditions. Ya just have to figure out what works for you. All this, and more, will take awhile to get into place but it's worth it.
I find that commuting is a great way to jump start my day and a nice way to unwind after a long day at work. With the days getting longer I sometimes add an extra few miles just for FUN.
Make the commitment and I promise that over time, it will become habit. You won't think twice about "gearing up" for a 20 degree snowy morning or a drizzly evening ride home.
I have been riding my bike to work every day and doing a big chunk of my errands by bike for 15 plus years and I still enjoy it. I have even had a few years with more miles on my bike than in my car.
So get yourself into shape, save wear and tear on your car, help the environment, and RIDE YOUR BIKE!!