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Commute Away the Calories - 10 Tips for Biking to Work

Posted Sep 09 2008 2:01am

Commute Away the Calories - 10 Tips for Biking to Work Several of my co-workers decided to try something different this summer to be Healthalicious - getting in better shape and saving money on gas. To accomplish this, they decided to ride their bikes to work. Not an easy feat considering that one of them lives about 20 miles away, then there’s traffic, weather changes, and trying to get to work early enough to shower and change, etc. I definitely commend them for it. In honor of my co-workers, here are nine tips from greenliving online for biking to work:

1. Your bike must be comfortable. A visit to the bike shop will be invaluable.

2. Plan your route. Quickest route, safety, scenery, etc. are all factors here. Local bike clubs can help with this, and you may also want to do a Google search on bike maps and you’ll find great pages like NYC Bike Maps.

3. When trying a new route, first test it on an off day. By doing this, you aren’t under the pressure of being at work by a certain time, and you will be able to time yourself, test your equipment and see if you like to route you chose.

4. Dress Appropriately - wear bright colors. make sure your bike is decked out with reflectors.

5. Consider keeping a change of work clothes at your job. This prevents wrinkling from placing them in a bag for the commute.

6. Get storage - bike panniers and ruck sacks will be necessary for transporting clothes (should you not follow the above tip).

7. Buy a lock. You don’t want your ride stolen. Invest in a good lock and learn where to park.

8. Mount lights on your bike. In conjunction with reflectors, these are a necessity for night and winter riding.

9. Take your safety seriously and wear a helmet.

Written by: Donnell Peavy

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