Getting Started

Information on how to get started riding a bike to work.

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Getting Started

Bike to Work This Summer

Today is Memorial Day—the official, unofficial start to summer. It is also the perfect day to execute on your latent desire to begin biking to work. We most often think about habits and resolutions in January, but when it comes to creating a bike commuting habit, summer rules because:

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Three Reasons You Should Be Comfortable Taking the Lane

Recently our family took a road trip from Utah to points East. Along the way from Hershey, Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. we took a detour to Lancaster County to see “Amish Country.” Rolling hills: check. Large families tending well-kept farms: check. Horse drawn buggies: check. Other people looking at Amish Country: check. Interestingly, we (and […]

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My Secret to a Relaxed and Pleasant Bicycle Commute

It has been said that you might not always get what you want, but you do always get what you expect. I doubt that it’s true in all cases, but I can say with certainty that you will experience the commute you expect. A few months ago, I was talking with neighbor who bikes to […]

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Bike To Work Clothes

In many other countries, the question, “What should I wear for my bike ride to work?” is not asked any more than the question, “What should I wear to drive to work?” is asked in the U.S. In today’s post, I review your three options for clothing when a bike to work (a fourth option—ride […]

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Where Should You Park Your Bike?

At my office, the CEO and each of the vice presidents have a clichéd perk: reserved parking spaces right next to the building. It is a mark of prestige and power to walk the shortest possible distance from your parking spot your desk. I have a little secret: my spot that’s even closer…like 20 feet from my […]

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Overcoming Resistance When Riding a Bike To Work

You’ve given it some thought and decided that riding a bike to work makes sense. A voice is telling you that biking to work will be good for you–that voice is coming from your head. Another voice is telling you that biking to work will add meaning and value to your life–that voice is coming […]

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Choosing Your Route to Work Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, I talked about how the immense differences between cars and bikes lead to different choices about the route you take to work. In this post I’ll review some techniques you can use to find your ideal route.

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Choosing Your Route to Work Part 1

In ancient times, it was said that all roads lead to Rome. In our day, this is a way of saying that there are many ways to reach a goal. When it comes to choosing a bike route for your ride to work, both ideas apply. By the time my office moved from the university […]

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Your Many Bicycle Choices

In my previous post I wrote that the first equipment question you should ask is not “What bike should I ride?” but “Why do I want to ride?” Today I’ll review the many bicycle choices available to you.

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What Kind Of Bicycle Do I Need To Bike To Work?

So, you’ve decided you want to bike to work. The first question you may ask yourself is, “What kind of bike should I ride?” I suggest that this is not the first question–what to ride is a tool question, and what you need to ask is an intent question. We like to focus on tools […]

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