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Friday is National Ride Your Bike To Work Day

May 18, 2012 7:47:24 AM PDT
If you want to ride your bike to work, but keep coming up with reasons not to, we asked Leah Flickinger for solutions.

She's Executive Editor of Bicycling Magazine.

And she commutes to work, her round trip commute is 40 miles.

So that means excuse number 1, it's too far away, is not an excuse.

"Some people I know will ride their bike to the train station and then take the train in or take the train to a certain location and then ride your bike the rest of the way in," she said.

Excuse #2: I'll be sweaty when I get to work.

"When you're riding to work it's not a race you don't have to go your fastest pace," adds Flickinger.

She says keep makeup at the office and use a freshening wipe when you get there.

Excuse #3: I have too much stuff to carry. There are many fashionable bags that clip onto your bike.

Excuse #4: There's no place to park my bike

If you lock your bike outside, use a u-lock

And if your employer says you can't bring your bike inside remind them that in NYC we have the bikes in buildings law.

Any commercial building with a freight elevator has to let you bring the bike in or get an exception from the city.

And the last excuse: It's not safe to ride to work.

No one can guarantee complete safety, but to make your ride safer, first puts lights all over your bike.

"Always being visible to drivers that means wearing reflective clothing on your body," said Flickinger.


Weblink Bicycling Magazine:
LINK: www.bicycling.com

Bicycling Magazine top picks for commuter bikes:
LINK: http://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/2012-buyer-s-guide-city-commuter-bikes

Sapna's adjustable reflective vest:
Xinglet Reflective Vest by Amphipod® ($25)
Gear list
Source: Bicycling Magazine

Nathan Power Shower wipes ($4 for 10 wipes)
LINK: http://nathansports.com/our-products/accessories/body-care

Pearl Izumi women's rain jacket ($85; clear, slim fit rain jacket) Avail. @ Sid's Bikes

LINK: http://shop.pearlizumi.com/product.php?mode=view&pc_id=105&product_id=1641964&outlet

Endura Luminite Jacket ($140; bright yellow rain jacket) Avail. @ Sid's Bikes
LINK: http://www.endurasport.com/Product.aspx?dept_id=122&prod_id=229

Cateye front & rear lights ($35 each; USB rechargeable) Avail. @ Sid's Bikes

LINK: http://www.cateye.com/en/products/detail/TL-LD611-R/

Serfas front & rear lights ($20; quick strap on and off) Avail @ Sid's

LINK: https://www.serfas.com/products/view/165/referer:products|index|lights|combo-packs

Dargelos reflective vest ($95) Avail @ Adeline Adeline

LINK: http://www.bicycling.com/node/60407

Knog Kransky ($50; colorful red lock) Avail @ Adeline Adeline

LINK: http://www.knog.com.au/gear-locks/kransky.phps

Kyrptonite Mini Evolution U-lock and cable ($65) Avail @ Sid's

LINK: http://www.kryptonitelock.com/products/ProductDetail.aspx?cid=1001&scid=1000&pid=1100

Kryptonite New York Fuhgeddaboutit ($170; super heavy duty lock for high crime areas) Avail @ Sid's

LINK: http://www.kryptonitelock.com/products/ProductDetail.aspx?cid=1001&scid=1002&pid=116

Bontrager Vella Vanna ($110; stylish messenger bag & pannier)
LINK: http://bontrager.com/model/09580

Bike Bells (range from $5 - $15) Avail @ Sid's

LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Mirrycle-Incredibell-Big-Bicycle-Bell/dp/B0010345W0

Giro Reverb Helmet ($60; helmet Leah was wearing)

Adeline Adeline

LINK: http://www.giro.com/us_en/reverb-10620.html

Lazer Armor Helmet ($69; colorful, urban helmets) Avail @ Sid's

LINK: http://www.bicycling.com/node/59138

Fenders, by Planet Bike ($20) Avail @ Sid's

LINK: http://ecom1.planetbike.com/7002.html

LINK: http://bikenyc.org/event/592

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