Instead of contributing to the world’s pollution problems, bike commuters are doing their part to make this a greener, cleaner planet. For those new to commuting by bike, here are some helpful tips to get you started.
The word “cyclocross” invokes a unique blend of images and sounds. Mud-splattered cyclists running up hills with bikes flung over their shoulders. Riders smoothly dismounting, leaping over barriers, then jumping back on. Loud cheers, the clanging of cowbells, camaraderie and fun.
According to a recent study, nearly 85 million Americans ride a bike at least occasionally. That’s good news considering cycling is a great form of exercise, not to mention a ton of fun.
It’s inevitable: sooner or later every cyclist experiences a mechanical breakdown of one kind or another. From a simple flat tire or loose cleat, to more catastrophic failures, such as a broken chain or spoke, mechanical mishaps can bring an otherwise enjoyable ride to a screeching halt if you’re not prepared to deal with them.
Be prepared. The Boy Scouts of America motto is based on the belief that it is a good idea to be as ready as possible for any circumstance. Bicycling is no exception. In the world of cycling, the commuter should be the epitome of what it means to be prepared.