|Commute home on the Salsa Beargrease ending with a beautiful South Dakota sunset.|
|First tracks on morning commute on freshly fallen snow.|
If you commute by bike today, you know what I’m talking about but if you do not I challenge you to give it a try. ‘Adventures by Bike’ don’t have to take you on a mountain trail but can be made up of simple rides around town or even to your place of work.
|Salsa Warbird afternoon commute home lean.|
|Salsa Warbird morning commute stop.|
|A subzero commute home adding weight to the beard.|
Here is a short list of the benefits of commuting by bike:
· Exercise – I burn over 1200 calories a day commuting and get an hour and half of cardio.
· Clearing mind – Focus on the simplicity of riding.
· Prepping for day – This can be your time to gear up for work or to decompress from the busy day.
· Scenery - Enjoy being outside and all the beauty surrounding you.
· Feeling of freedom - Let go, just ride.
· Peaceful – Just you and your bike no other worries.
· Reflective – This is your time to Think no interruptions.
· Stress reduction – Just by being active you reduce stress.
· Good for the environment – I have changed the oil in my car once in the last two years.
· No traffic Jams – Ride around all of it or pick flexible routes that avoid the busy areas.
· Live longer – Studies show cyclist live longer.
· Fewer medical expenses – Fewer sick days and overall health improves just by cycling a few hours a week.
Here are some things you are going to want to know to get started:
· Bike - Pick a bike that can handle diverse terrain like a touring bike, fat bike, cyclocross bike or mountain bike you never know what you might encounter on your route and these type of bikes allow for a lot of diversification in your daily routes.
· Gear – Helmet, fenders, lights, backpack, tool repair kit with tube, multi tool, patch kit, tire levers and mini pump.
· Clothing – Clothing is seasonal and this will take some practice so I would recommend over dressing to start by adding layers. Jacket, jersey, base layer, etc., shoe covers and always carry a rain jacket just in case the forecast changes. Pack extra’s on days with varying start and finish temps.
· Route – Pre plan your routes to and from work. Maybe pre ride your route on the weekend to make sure everything flows the way you intended and so you get a feel for the time needed to complete the route (you don’t want to be late to anything). I like to have several routes laid out so I can mix things up day to day but also so I can enjoy more of the nicer days. You also plan a training for your commute home.
· Weather – Always look at the forecast for the day so you wear the proper clothing but also to plan your route and amount of time needed to get to and from work.
· Storage – Make sure you have a safe secure place to store your bike at work. If you have to leave it outside, make sure you have a nice lock to keep your bike safe.
Riding my bike to work all year round has changed my life. I find myself searching every day for pieces of perfection. And no matter what the day throws my way I always find perfection on my bike!