Friday, November 21, 2008

Bike Your Drive

REI sponsors the site Bike Your Drive: "Riding a bike for errands, shopping and commuting is easier-and more fun-than you think. There's no need for special clothes, fancy shoes or Lance-like legs. Ease into the saddle with REI's roundup of cycling tips and resources."

For the very beginner, there are some simple videos on Cycling Basics such as putting on the front wheel and clipless pedal basics. There's a section debunking 12 Cycling Myths: "Myth #4: Biking takes too much time. Reality: It does require a little extra planning to ride, but, depending on the distance and traffic, it might actually take less time to bike than it does to drive. Plus, you burn calories and can run errands while you ride."

There is also an informative Biking Q&A: "Q: Isn't biking on the road a risky proposition? A: By riding responsibly, predictably and with caution, you'll greatly reduce your risk."

I'm sure REI would love to sell more bike gear, which may be a partial reason for the site, but they are a good, collective organization and they do good deeds in the local communities, including sponsoring Bike to Work Day here in Fairfax.

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