5 Great Reasons to Get on Your Bicycle

By Ted

I didn’t realize that there even was a Bike to Work Week (May 13th – May 17th). Biking is great exercise and I try to get out at least once a week for 10 mile+ ride.

I don’t commute, but for those that do, here are some great reasons to give biking to work a try. Or, for those like me, some great reasons to incorporate biking into your exercise routine.

Bike to Work Week (Infographic)
Via FitnessforWeightLoss.com

Do you bike to work? Is it something that you have considered?

10 Comments

  1. julie

    I love my commute to the shuttle I catch to go to work. It’s 2.5 miles the ugly way, about 5 the nice way. Traffic is so awful that it actually saves time. Sitting in traffic makes me stressed and agro, biking makes me happy. Plus, I don’t have to worry about parking if I need to stop for groceries (paniers rock!) Backpack not practical, I dig the back rack. I love that I rarely have to get into the car, though of course, there are lots of bikes around so the cars are accustomed, and it’s never hot enough to break a sweat.

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  2. The Special One

    I live 35 Km from my job…I would need to wake up at 4 a.m to arrive on time 😀

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  3. Spectra

    I would bike to work for sure if I didn’t live in a different city, lol. Biking would mean biking on a state highway 30 miles each way. I do bike around in town to do errands all the time, though–it’s fantastic exercise, that’s for sure!

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    • Ted

      Yeah, that would be a bit extreme and I hate biking on busy streets and highways.

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      • Dan

        One advantage of biking is that a person can ride around traffic. I HATE being stuck in traffic in a car- I am never stuck in traffic on a bike, since I can ride around the cars. Atlanta is bad for traffic and Los Angeles is also bad. I just drove home from Indiana to Georgia and there was a complete standstill on the interstate in an adjacent county to Atlanta. We had to go on an older but four lane highway and there were a lot of traffic lights. I would not like riding on a busy street on my bike if there was there a wide enough shoulder, however. I ride my bike to work everyday at 5 am when there is hardly any traffic and ride home on roads that don’t have that much traffic. I also don’t need to shower, since I go to work at a cooler part of the day and I also bring a change of shirt. I lost my weight doing this and now maintain it by continuing to do so. I also save a lot of money on gas and car repairs. Driving a car in a big city adds stress to my life, bicycling decreases the stress.

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      • Dan

        I missed the context of your responding to Spectra. I would not ride my bike on a busy highway unless it had a very wide shoulder. Also, 30 miles is a bit far to ride one way as a commute on a bike. I think it is feasible if one’s work was within 10 miles. I ride straight to work in the morning, which is 5 miles. I really lengthen my ride home to about 19.4 miles. So therefore I am riding about 24.4 miles on work days. I often ride 30 miles on my off days.

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        • Spectra

          Right–like I said, I will bike anywhere in town to do errands when I can. It usually isn’t a big problem unless I need to say, go grocery shopping! If I only need a few items, I bring a backpack to carry things back. It’s nice because it’s probably quicker than taking the car and I save money on gas.

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  4. Jim F

    Nice infographic.

    If only I wasn’t so lazy.

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  5. TonyK

    Riding my bike to work from Mid-Wilshire in Los Angeles to Century City = Suidice. And if I make it in one piece, I’ll have messy hair from the helmet and will be smelly and sweaty. I think biking to work is a great idea, but in my situation, I think I have to stick to my daily 6 AM workouts. 🙂

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    • Ted

      Yes, unfortunately most US cities aren’t bike friendly and most workplaces don’t have showers etc…. It’s good in theory 🙂

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