Liven up your commute on two wheels

May 13, 2009 3:27:32 PM PDT
Maybe you've thought about riding your bike to work, but haven't yet made the plunge. Well now is your chance. Friday is "Bike to Work Day!" "You can lose 10 pounds if you do it three times a week," Self Magazine's Lucy Danziger said.

That's 10 pounds in a year, just from biking to work. That's why Danziger is encouraging her readers to get on a bike. And if you're worried about being sweaty when you get to work, Danziger suggests taking the ride leisurely and not pushing yourself.

So don't bulk up with accessories. Throw your essentials in a light-weight backpack.

Danziger suggests putting your handbag, shoes and other necessary items in a cute string backpack.

And she says to find a bike you like, and it doesn't have to be pricey.

Refurbished bikes at the non-profit Recycle a Bike range from $200 to $500.

And once you've got your gear, Bike New York offers free classes for all ages. They offer safety tips like wearing a helmet and signaling lane changes by pointing down with your hand.

There are also bike ABCs, like checking the tire pressure by squeezing the tires and making sure they are hard as a rock.

And while there are more bike lanes in the city than ever before, you can never be too careful when you're on two wheels. Ask your employer for bike storage if there are no racks on the street, or opt for a bike that folds up. No matter what you ride, you'll see the benefits.

And if that's not enough incentive, the Bicycle Commuter Act entitles you to $20 a month to help offset expenses you may encur from riding your bike to work. It's just another reason to get on two wheels.

CLICK HERE for Self Magazine's bike resources page.

CLICK HERE for more information on Recycle a Bike.

CLICK HERE for more on Bike New York.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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