I admit to being a fairweather kinda commuter...try to avoid rain, etc.
Here are some pointers made by Syracuse Bicycle which might be of interest Feel free to add your own suggestions...Don:
Spring is just around the corner and many Central New Yorkers are ready to start riding to work after a much too long winter.
If you haven't tried commuting by bike, what's really getting in your way? It's a great way to stay in shape, enjoy the outdoors, and avoid the insane gas prices at the pumps.
Let's run through the top ten excuses we hear why people don't commute by bike and give you some suggestions on how to overcome them!
1. The roads aren't safe. Wear bright clothing, obey traffic signs, ride on the right side of the road, and choose your route carefully. Always wear a helmet! Statistically speaking you are at no greater risk than driving your car.
2. No showers. Most bicycle commuters ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry, then ride home at a faster pace if they want a workout. Baby wipes also are a great substitute for a shower!
3. I have to dress up. Keep multiple sets of clothing at work so you can change when you get there. Rotate them on days that you do drive.
4. It takes too long. The average bicycle commuter travels as 10mph; the more you ride, the faster you'll become. Trips of five to seven miles in urban areas may take the same time or even less by bike than by car.
5. I'm out of shape. Ride at an easy pace and in a few months you will be in great shape!
6. It's too far. Try riding to work and then taking the bus home or vice versa. Or ride to a co-workers house and carpool to work.
7. I have to run errands. Add a rack to the back of your bike to add carrying capacity and make sure you have a lock to secure your bike while you are in a building.
8. It's raining. Fenders for your bike and raingear for your body will keep you dry! If you are at work and it starts to pour, take the bus or carpool home; then ride home the following day.
9. No bike parking. Check for a storage area near your office, stash your bike in your office, or better yet formally request that your employer provide secure bike parking.
10. My bike sucks. Bring it to us! We can service your bike and make sure it is in good working order. Still riding that vintage 1980s ten speed? Check out our great selection of new bikes!
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