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how to bike to work

For those who knew me in high school and early college, I was famously a non-driver. I did not have the courage nor willpower nor knowledge to drive until I was 18. I had gotten rides from nearly all my friends in high school until I got back one summer from college and decided: enough was enough.

And I basically haven’t left the road since. Every time friends roll into town or are mobilizing together, I’m always the one offering to drive! But with gas prices the way they are … I’ve been trying to cut down on the amount of driving I do in my commute by eliminating it all! By biking.

Haha, you are thinking, you must live so close to work that it doesn’t even matter. NO. I live 7 miles away from my workplace, and for some reason I have chosen to make a 14 mile round trip a few times a week. Am I getting healthier? Sure. Am I also making a fool of myself as I slowly pedal my way past traffic, dripping in sweat and gasping for air? Possibly.

But the logistics of biking to work are interesting. For example, it helps to have a suitable backpack that can also hold your work clothes. I have this neat little backpack (I just wear my sneakers when I bike and work) that hold all my clothes and work materials and I just hang it under this little hook I put under my desk.

There are whole industries built around this idea — bike racks to carry your bags. Specialized bags to clip onto the side of your bike rack. Very very very expensive pants that work for both biking and work. Similarly expensive shirts that can be worn when biking and when at work. I haven’t bought into it much … yet … but it sure can be tempting when I’m walking around that section of REI!

So this week was just a little rant about something I was looking into. Maybe next week I can do a general overview of public transit in the Bay Area.

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