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Just a reminder that May is national bike month, and May 16-20 is bike to work week. If you're able to ride to work but have been putting it off, now's a good time to start. And if you've been riding to work, that's even better.

With gas prices being what they are, commuting by bike can put some cash back in your pocket. Just as important, you'll reap the health benefits of cycling in the form of better fitness. This can possibly include weight loss, lower blood pressure, and increased aerobic capacity. Cycling is also a low-impact sport, so it's better on your knees, feet, and joints than running. And the idea of running to work just sounds silly anyway. But a leisurely ride to work can do wonders for your sense of well-being.

Of course, it's not for everyone. Perhaps you have a long freeway commute. Or like myself, every inch of roadway on your ten mile commute is being torn up as part of a two year long construction project, and you have an aversion to heavy equipment and giant potholes. Not to worry. Some cyclists have been known to drive the freeway portion with their bike on a rack or in the car, then park and ride the rest of the way in. Or take a bus or train part way to work, and cycle the rest. Whatever works best for you. And if you can't ride to work, no worries. Take a spin after work. Hopefully, you'll run into a few like-minded cyclists, and maybe even make a new friend or riding partner.

Ride safe.

For daily tips on commuting this week, please check my site (linked below)


Originally published on IndustryOutsider.com on 5/15/2011
 

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I wish I could...I have a 82 step commute to a fuel sucking 7mpg truck - down hill with a breeze :)
 

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I'm not crazy enough to fight Atlanta rush hour(s)traffic on a bicycle. So in the spirit of things I'm riding my bikes garage mate my Kawasaki KLR 650 motorcycle to work this week... and most other weeks. It gets 52mpg which makes the $4 a gallon gas somewhat bearable.

I will however be riding the equivalent of a couple trips to work in the evenings this week.
 

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I'm 33 miles from work and i also have to drive all day for work. I wish I could ride.
 

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OK. To be technical, 1 meter is 3.2808399 ft. Therefore 1000 m (1 km) is 3280.8399 ft. With exactly 5280 feet in a mile, that means 3280.8399/5280 equals 0.62137. Or, inversely, 5280/3280.8399 equals 1.609. So, you can either multiply the distance in km by 0.62137 or divide by 1.609. Both are correct.
 

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So, you think we'll go metric?

What if you work at home? I could commute down my driveway and then back up.
 

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The metric system in the US has only helped two things. Number 1 is the wrench and tool manufacturers that sell metric tools. Number 2 is Churches. They have seen a windfall from all the cussing that happens when one reaches for a wrench for a bolt, only to find out its metric and you don't have the wrench. They also collect more money in penance for the times you cuss when you reach for the metric wrench only to find out its SAE.
 
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