Studies suggest bike commuting is one of the best ways to stay healthy.
Fortunately, the number of bicyclists is growing rapidly from coast to coast. The National Household Travel Survey showed that the number of trips made by bicycle in the U.S. more than doubled from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009. That’s great news!
But as the Summer months beckon with warmer temperatures, is there a way to getting around safely, happily, and efficiently on two wheels? The heat discourages many from hopping on the bike to ride to work or to run errands. Yet, bike commuting improves fitness, health, saves money, and also benefits the environment by keeping one less car on the road. If you aren’t a bike commuter now, maybe this Summer you will be. And, if you already bike commute, perhaps you plan to commute by bike more frequently.
To get the most out of your bike commute it’s best to plan a good route. Knowing a clear path to your destination avoids the frustration of getting lost while also prevents overheating and sweating unnecessarily. Learn how to pick a route you like. Google maps for cycling is a good option. If you are new to bike commuting, you will want to give yourself more time than you need. This allows for a pressure free experience.
Invest in commute specific cycling apparel. Consider wearing clothing that is comfortable for your ride, as well as, your planned daily activity. Good options for men include the new Specialized Merino wool jerseys. They keep you warm if you are cool and cool if you are warm outside with evaporative cooling. We have a woman’s option too! Casual women’s shirts with short and long sleeved in Marino wool are great to wear for cool morning rides into the office or running errands on the bike.
Aside from clothing options, a few necessary cycling accessories to have on hand include a good helmet; a repair or maintenance tool kit; a lock; and a way to carry things. This could be as simple as a messenger bag or as elaborate as a set of touring panniers. These are the basic necessities needed to secure your road or mountain bike while you’re away at work or running errands. Depending on your final destination, you may consider packing a “clean up kit” to freshen up after your ride. Your clean up kit can be as simple as having some baby wipes, deodorant, a comb, face wash and sunscreen.
A critical factor in bike commuting is having fun. Fun includes enjoying the adventure, as well as, feeling confident in riding the bike paths and the roads. If you are new to bike commuting and unfamiliar with the rules of riding on the road, register for our Bike Safety Class on June 16th. This is a great opportunity to get caught up on bike safety and the current rules of the road in Colorado. Learn what the laws are for cyclists; how you legally and appropriately ride on public roads; what the rules are for turning, stopping, passing; your rights and obligations; become educated on bike safety, commuting and much, much more! And…it gets even better! On the night of the event, Peak Cycles will be offering a 15% discount for all items, including bikes. Keep in mind, discount excludes already discounted bikes and items.
Embrace bike commuting this summer! Make it an epic summer and set personal goals for the miles you want to ride this season.