Can you commute by bike? Hell yes!!!

There is a wealth of information out there to those who may have, in passing, thought about or those who are seriously considering leaving their cars at home in the garage or driveway. You may be thinking of commuting only a few days a week, or you feel saucy enough to commute everyday. The price of petrol and the general headache associated with driving has given the seed of commuting a bit-o-germination. So, here are a few sites to get you on your way, and then you can head down to visit your local bike shop armed with the knowledge you gained from these sites and be better equipped to let the staff help find the bike set up that best suits you.
Please bear in mind that there is an adjustment period, going from car to bike. I remember when I first started commuting that it took me about two weeks to get into the swing of things. The first day or two, you and your body are thinking, “Hhhhmmm, this isn’t so bad, easy actually.” Then the reality sets in for you and your body and the body thinks, “All right, this isn’t funny anymore.” But you just need to push through, just like when you start any new activity, and in no time you’ll have made the adjustment and you’ll get stronger, both mentally and physically. You’ll see and experience things you never did, or could have in your car. So peep out these sites and expand your knowledge, and as always, ride safe.

COMMUTE BY BIKE <click here to visit

Commute By Bike is one of the first sites that I ever ran across. It happens to be very informative and easy to navigate. It contains sections for reviews, commuter bikes, commuting 101, commuting stories, and other bike related items. They even have a Gas Savings calculator in to which you input: Daily Miles Commuted, Price of Gas Per Gallon, Your Car’s MPG & Days You Ride Per Week , it then gives you your estimated savings. Pretty cool, huh? Check out Commute By Bike if you’re thinking about commuting or if you do, either way there’s nothing wrong with expanding your vast library of bike knowledge.

Paul Dorn’s Bike Commuting Tips <click here to visit

This site I just ran across while doing research for this article. This site is 10 years old and going strong. Read Paul’s Why Bike Commute? section for his personal take on why he started commuting by bike. Like the first site we mentioned, Paul’s site has loads of easily accessed information. The site is straight an to the point, so you just cruise on in click a link on the right side of the page and off you go. Some of the things covered on Paul’s site are finding the right bike, planning your route, carrying your clothes, groceries, etc., parking and security, weather (which is the one reason so many people don’t commute by bike), equipment, tips and much more. A cool site with mucho amounts of info, peep it.

Ken Kifer’s Bike Commuting & Transportation <click here to visit

Another site of down to earth information. Ken’s site is a personal look at commuting by bike, reasons why he does it and knowledge he has gained over the years. Sections include information on the advantages of bicycle commuting, bikes suitable for commuting, accessories, problems & solutions of riding a bike to work, tips & tricks, and much more. The Commuting & Transportation section is only one part of a very well put together site on bicycling in general, so once you’ve peeped the commuting section visit the rest of his site for more bike info on topics such as Bicycle Camping & Touring, Bicycling Advocacy, Bicycle Traffic Safety, and oodles more. Again peep it.

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For those who still need to know more about Bike Commuting, as if the sites listed above don’t more than cover it, you can hit up Wikipedia: Bicycle Commuting for an overview.

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Need to find a route near you well check out Bikely.com What is Bikely? Well I’ll just quote the site, because they say it best:

Put very simply, Bikely helps cyclists share knowledge of good bicycle routes.

It can be quite tricky traversing a car dominated city by bicycle, particularly when you need to travel an unknown route to a new destination.

But the chances are, someone has cycled that way before you. Bikely makes it easy for him or her to show you the best way.

I just ran across the site and joined as soulsidedown (it’s free), so I am still checking it out, but from what I can see it has the potential to be the go to site for the bike traveler, commuter, roadie, etc. I’ve peeped out routes in Columbus, Ohio (of course) and St. George, Utah Oddly though, no commuting routes in SG, but I’ll add mine soon. As I surf the site (as I am writing this article), the more I dig it. A very cool concept that has great resource potential. So, go and add your route(s) to help the community grow. I am

Visit:  http://www.bikely.com 

Hopefully this article gets you going on your way toward commuting safely by bike.

Questions, Comments, and Additions are always welcome.

Peace, Patrick – SSD Crew

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