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Lynn Eve Komaromi
Lynn Eve Komaromi of Albany, CA, shares why she rides to work here.
Have you discovered the sheer joy of riding your bike to work? Not only will you beat congestion and save time and money on parking, but you will also arrive feeling happier, healthier, and ready to tackle your day. Here are a few simple tips to help you get started.
WHAT BIKE DO I NEED?
You will want to find a bike that is outfitted with fenders, racks or baskets, lights, and make sure you have a secure lock so that your bike is waiting for you where you left it.
HOW DO I CARRY STUFF?
Choose a pannier if you want your bike to carry your load or opt for a backpack if you want to carry things on your back.
IS THERE SECURE PARKING AT MY WORKPLACE?
A lot of office buildings now offer secure bike parking for their employees. If they don’t, then ask if you are allowed to bring your bike inside your workplace for safekeeping.
DO I KNOW HOW I AM GOING TO GET THERE?
Finding a safe and pleasant route is key to enjoying your ride. Using your city’s bike route map, try your route to work on a leisurely weekend so that you know beforehand how long your ride takes to eliminate the stress of making it in time to your Monday morning meeting.
WHAT IF IT’S RAINING?
If you want to try it, rain capes are a great choice for keeping you dry in the rain as are waterproof packs. If the weather is too intimidating, it’s okay not to ride.
WILL I GET SWEATY?
If you ride at a moderate pace, if it’s not really hot out, or if you don’t have too many hills to face, you will not get sweaty.
WHAT IF I HAVE A LONG RIDE AND/ OR LOTS OF HILLS?
A long or hilly commute by bike is going to entail additional adjustments to your regular routine. The distance alone will increase the chances of needing additional grooming at your destination. Luckily, good gear can make the transition smoother. Large panniers will provide the “trunk space” you need to carry work clothes with you. Look for a nearby gym to shower at if your workplace lacks facilities. Or consider an electric-assist bicycle that will eliminate the possibility of sweating.