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POSTED ON 04/29/15 | Share This Post
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Seven things to Know Before You Ride Your Bike to Work

When’s the last time you rode a bike?

If it hasn’t been a while, we have a few reasons why you should start again. First off, bicycling is just plain good for your health. It’s low-impact, you can do it at almost any age, and it reduces the risk of myriad future health issues like anxiety and depression. Secondly, if you’re too busy to work out regularly in our state-of-the-art gym, biking could be just the thing to get you back in shape – and to work on time.

Say goodbye to sitting all day, from your car to your desk. In honor of “Bike to Work Day” on May 15, here are seven things to know before you ride your bike to work:

1. Yes, you can bike in heels. But it’s not necessarily the safest option. Try wearing some good sneaks, and then put on your work shoes when you arrive at work. At the end of the day, it feels great to throw on some sneakers.

2. While we’re on the subject of workwear…let’s talk about the sweat that inevitably occurs on a bike ride. Wearing a full suit=bad news bears. Try to wear something lightweight in warmer weather (and even slightly cooler weather), so you can easily pack it away in your bag when you change at work. If you feel uncomfortable changing at work, arrive early or park your bike, then change at a local coffee shop.

3. You might be able to skip coffee. Not only will you be less stressed out from the morning commute, but studies show that riding your bike may actually boost your energy and happiness levels. Take that, caffeine!

4. Uncle Sam’s on your side. That’s right. If you commute to work on a bike, you may be eligible to receive $20 per month with the Commuter Tax Benefits bill for riding to work 3+ days a week. That, and you’ll get the happiness of knowing what you’re doing is helping the earth by creating less air pollution!

5. You don’t have to show up at your morning meeting looking like a hot mess. Read these tips on freshening up after a ride.

6. Tech+biking=true love. Bicycles may have been invented when smartphones didn’t exist, but bring it up to date. Get a smartphone mount in case you need to stop by Happy Hour after work, and need Google Maps to get you there. Oh, and don’t forget to add lights for the tires, in case you’re biking later.

7. You’re an adult – but don’t skimp on safety. Yes, you want to avoid looking like a 6-year-old (no streamers on the handlebars, please). That doesn’t mean you should skip the usual safety features. If a helmet really bothers you, try one of the new fashionable airbags for cyclists – they’ll deploy like a helmet made of air. It’s easier to pull off the look in the colder seasons, though, as the shells can look a little strange with a t-shirt.

Now all that’s left to do is get riding! If you haven’t yet explored the area around Cathedral Heights, you’re in for a treat. It’s a quiet neighborhood that really lends itself to bike riding. If you’re interested in moving into the area, get in touch with us at Cathedral Commons today!

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