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It’s HOT!

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Hello bike commuters! Summer is here and I always get asked about riding to work during the hot summer days. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, here are a few articles we wrote about staying cool:

Dealing with the heat by Ghost Rider

Arriving Sweat Free by Ghost Rider

Why I do it by The Veloteer

How to avoid being smelly when you get to your destination by RL

Showers? We don’t need no stinking showers! by Moe

Artic Heat Cooling Vest by Moe

With almost 3,000 posts under our belt, we’ve covered a lot of topics. Don’t be afraid to use the search function on our site, you’ll most likely find what you are looking for.

More riding, less writing

Hello fellow Bike Commuters, roadies and mountain bikers! It has been a while since I’ve posted but to be truthful I have not been commuting on my bike lately and I don’t really want to be one of those bloggers that pretend to ride to work and write stuff about how fantastic their commute is.

However, I have been riding my mountain bike and my tandem bike every weekend. Ironically, I think that there are times that mountain biking is safer than riding to work since I don’t have to deal with dickhead drivers.

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Why have I stopped riding to work? Well, I can’t control the train schedules and unfortunately my kids still have Summer water polo and drumline practices which conflict with the lack of frequent trains to LA.

Anyhow, things will change soon so I can start riding to work again and I am already looking into getting a new-to-me commuter bicycle. Meanwhile, enjoy the Tour de France!

How Riding Can Be a Part of Life for You

Finding a reason not to do something, according to psychology experts, is easier than finding a reason to get involved in something. Cycling has become a sort of fashion in the 21st century, with better models of bikes that make riding as normal as it would be. There are many people who do not ride, simply without no reason. You probably had a negative rumor that scared you off, or you simply do not know how riding can couple up with your life.

 

You Can Avoid the Traffic Jam

In most urban environments, nightmares happen every morning. Traffic jams are one of the most annoying factors that lead to a gloomy day for most people. Misfortunes start on the traffic snarls. The boss yells at you, your workload piles as you try getting to work, your rear lights get bumped by the drunk driver behind you, and you end up with a ticket for driving without your tail lights.

Well this catastrophic phenomenon can be sorted out by a simple solution of paving your way through the thick traffic on your bike. One of the best things that would happen to you. You will pity the guys stuck in traffic, you will get to work feeling refreshed, and your boss will shine his light upon you. The best thing for you is that, you will have a peaceful day, and you will live to see a clean in-tray.

 

You can Lengthen the Lifespan of your Car

The last time you checked, the mileage of your car seemed to be playing tricks on your vision. Every time you start your vehicle, you cannot help but think how nasty the resale will go for you. Well, here is a quick way to help yourself out on this.

A bike will sort the mileage out for you. In case you think riding is not as significant as it can get on your car’s value, do a simple calculation of the distance you cover every day, for 5 years. That way, you will find that a bike to save the lifetime of your car can help you. Furthermore, the maintenance is lessened, the gas prices are not a morning sickness for you, and there won’t be any tickets for a broken tail light.

 

Your Heart Condition Improves

This may strike you as a funny misconception but it is true. The physical strain that your heart endures to keep your circulation during the panting moments while you ride, helps your heart muscles to wax stronger. More to that, you reduce the chances of exposure to cardiovascular diseases, heart failure, or stroke. Your blood circulation remains great, and you enjoy a longer life. You  never thought you could achieve that on your Danish Bike?

 

Know Your Neighborhood

You probably never got to know where the lady you always bump at the grocery store lives. Here is the chance to know who lives around you, security is paramount in times when terror attacks are planned in homes, so you might want to know how safe your neighborhood is. Riding around your neighborhood every day, chances are that you may not miss a chance on one of those rides to know something about a person living near you.

 

Lose Some Weight

Ever thought of shredding some weight without having to face the “no pain, no gain” mantra that most fitness gurus chant? Bike riding is one of the most effective ways that can help you keep fit, without you thinking about it. Your weight just slides off the scale, though it may take a little longer.

 

It Offers Some Quality Family Time

Taking off on a ride, on a dull Saturday evening may be the champagne pop that your family has waited for all this long. Bonding is one of the valuable moments that a family can settle differences. A ride around the neighborhood will ignite a sense of belonging for your family, and chances are that, you will enjoy each other’s company after the ride.

 

Father’s Day

I’m a single father of 3 amazing daughters and with Father’s Day coming up, I made some “demands” with my kids on how I want to celebrate this glorious day. I’m a pretty simple guy so I told them I want a combo pizza from Costco, maybe some chicken wings, a beer and a cigar. Oh and I want to go on a family bike ride to the park. Unfortunately my girls don’t like bikes or bike riding. Wait I take that back, they don’t like the idea of it. But once they start going their smiles make it obvious that they’re having fun.

I’ve heard them say “I hate riding bikes!” But about 1/4 mile down the road, they’re all racing each other. Being involved in the bicycle industry for several years, I’ve amassed a butt load of bikes. From Ebikes, mountain bikes, fixed gear bikes, road and cyclocross bikes. I even have a electric sidecar that I had custom built.  Picking which bikes to take is like picking out which shoes to wear with your clothes. I mean, usually its women who think about those things, but this morning I wasn’t sure with Doc Marten’s boots I should wear, the black or the cherry red. I went with the black since I didn’t have a belt to match the cherry red.

Anyway, so the bike ride to the park isn’t even the best part. I simply like to just hang out and either go fishing or picnic. My kids like to do the same. Mind you my kids aren’t little anymore, I’ve got 2 in college and one in high school. To them relaxing and doing nothing is as enjoyable for them as it is for me. Oh and another thing, my oldest is 22, so that means she’s my drinking buddy. So during our picnic, we’ll bust out some wine, vodka or anything that has alcohol, except mouthwash and Nyquil.

These father’s day bike ride to the park has no set schedule or agenda. I just want to be there with my kids and relax. But if you’re like most dads, when your kids start to bicker, then it can be stressful. So that’s why I make sure to give them the following rules:

  1. No fighting.
  2. No complaining.
  3. No whining.
  4. No asking “can we go home now?”
  5. No stressing out dad.

By the way, remember how I mentioned I wanted a combo pizza? Well, to me that’s got to be the best deal for a delicious pizza out there. Not only is it fresh and cheap, but it’s also convenient! Speaking of Costco pizza, I was in Taiwan for a week during the Fall, my last meal in that country was a Costco pizza, but not just a regular pizza, I had a seafood pizza! If it sounds weird, it sorta is. Just think of it as a cheese pizza topped with crab meat, corn, peas and shrimp. Though I ate the whole thing, it just wasn’t all that tasty.

Alright so that’s about the end of my Father’s Day rant about bicycles and stuff. From one dad to another, we want to wish all you handsome fellas and moms as well, a very Happy Father’s Day.

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Book Review: The Hidden Motor the psychology of cycling

Hello fellow bike commuters! Are you enjoying bike month? I know I am, I got to ride the train for free last week! The only thing that sucked was the lack of space in the car that is specifically for cyclists, there is room for about 10 bikes but there was like 20 of us riding the train. I also found interesting the number of people that were not dressed to ride but had a bike with them, I think they were just carrying their bike for the freebie.

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Anyhow, today’s post is a little different since it is a book review. Yes a book review! and a hard copy nonetheless! The title of the book is “The hidden Motor The psychology of cycling” by Martijn Veltkamp. The author is a psychologist based in the Netherlands who happens to be a passionate cyclist.

The book focuses on how professional cyclists are able to find that “hidden motor” within themselves to push themselves harder and accomplish things that they not normally do. If you are a bike commuter who also happens to race or do competitive rides you will know what this is about. As a former downhill racer, I would say that most of the times that I raced it was mostly my mind allowing me to block some of the gnarly terrain I was riding and not being afraid of getting injured or maybe it was just plain stupidity.

But enough of my glory days and let’s get back to the book. The book cites a lot of examples of how the mind is able to surpass our physical abilities, a lot of the examples that the author referred to were of professional riders such as Coppy, Wiggin and Jalabert riding certain famous rides such as the Giro, Tour de Flanders and the Tour de France. Interestingly, I do recall watching some of the examples that the author refers to on his book.

One of my favorite chapters is called “Fear: The Fall of Wiggins”. This chapter describes how the fear of descending and crashing got a hold of Wiggins causing him to lose a lot of time on a Giro de Italia stage. Why is it my favorite? because this chapter described how to beat your fear by a simple method: Just do it. Yes, this can also apply to bike commuting and the fear of getting hit by a car. Even though that is always in the back of my mind, riding defensively, being predictable and obeying traffics laws have allow me to face this fear and continue bike commuting.

Even though general readers can read this book, I think if you happen to be a cycling aficionado you will thoroughly enjoy reading it.