Month: September 2012

Bike to Work Tips

Bike to Work in the Rain

People always seem amazed when they see me at work even though it is raining. My pointing out that if you ride fast enough you only get wet in the front doesn’t seem to lessen their wonder — half wet is wet. But really, the expectation that you can always choose to be dry is […]

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Getting Started

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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Equipment to Help You Bike To Work

The key to riding consistently and confidently is to be prepared and comfortable. In my recent article on giving up your car, I talked about how to be prepared on a macro-level by building in layers of redundancy. In today’s post, I’ll review some pieces of equipment you should consider carrying to make your commute […]

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Going Car Free

Giving Up Your Car — The Unthinkable Act?

The famous curmudgeon HL Menken once noted that each problem has “an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” The simple answer for getting to work is to drive, but if you can reliably get to and from work without a car, you probably don’t need one. In previous postings of car week, I wrote […]

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Bike to Work for Money
Bike to Work for Quality of Life

The High Cost of Owning a Car

In a previous post about how I no longer enjoy driving, I alluded to the cost of a car. As the second post in car week, I’ll review what I and others have learned (often the hard way) about the high costs of car ownership. Here’s my wildly outrageous assertion: most people have no idea how […]

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Going Car Free

Why I No Longer Like Driving

I used to love to drive; perhaps we all do when we are young. There’s a feeling of empowerment that comes from having your own wheels–a sense that you are free to control your life by controlling the place where you experience life. Over the last few years, that sense of freedom has turned to […]

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Riding Your Bike in the Autumn (We Don’t Say “Fall”)

After hundreds of mornings of getting on my bike I don’t get that many surprises, but every year about this time I am shocked to find that it is cold. Riding your bike in the autumn can be a delight, but it does come with some challenges. I got to work this morning cool and […]

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