Everything you need to know to ride a bike to work!
When I moved up to Oregon for grad school a few years ago, I decided to leave my car behind with my parents. I can’t remember the justification for it – maybe to save money on gas? – but I do remember that I was excited to try public transportation and get my own bike to ride around town. This was a big time in my life; I was trying all kinds of new things like grad school, living in Oregon, not having anyone I knew within 400 miles of me… that sort of thing. So I added “bike hippie” onto that list in case it didn’t seem overwhelming enough. And it was ultimately a good choice – I avoided the usual weight gain that comes with big life transitions, I got to know my new adopted town on a street level, and I gained a wonderful sense of freedom. When things did get to feel like too much pressure or too crazy, I would go for a quick little ride around town, maybe explore places I hadn’t been before and just relax.
Biking has the great capacity to be both a heavy-duty cardio workout and a relaxing past time. I have my car up here now, but sometimes I still prefer to ride my bike rather than driving. I made a deal with myself this summer that whenever I need to go somewhere in town, I would bike as much as I can to keep me motivated (I make exceptions for things like doing my laundry at the mat or big item shopping). I’ve been biking to work a lot lately, and I’ve come up with a few tips that are helpful to have when you first start off.