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A good beginning makes a good ending. Here’s how to kick off the New Year on the right pedal!

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A good beginning makes a good ending. Here’s how to kick off the New Year on the right pedal!
January 2018

Every new beginning brings a desire to start fresh again; whether it's just about getting back into shape after the holidays or undertaking more challenging projects, the first month of the year is symbolically the best time to think about how to change for the better. 

As a first small step in this direction, you could do something for your own well-being and for the environment: you could become a bike commuter. A bike commuter is a person who loves being outdoors, who likes to discover areas of the city that cars can’t reach, who is willing to sacrifice a little bit of comfort to help the environment and who, above all, it’s someone who starts his day with a smile. If you think you have all these qualities, then it’s very likely that you already are bike commuter, perhaps without even knowing!

We have already mentioned that a good new year resolution is to use your bike as a way to reduce emissions while keeping fit. We also think that giving up motor vehicles would be a real turning point for the future of our environment. Achieving this resolution is not as complicated as you think; we want to help you take the first step by giving you some simple tricks, so that you will be ready to kick start your new lifestyle. Start gradually, with a change of attitude towards your everyday life:

  1. go to work on foot or by bike (however, keep in mind that there’s no obligation: if it rains, it snows or you just don’t feel like cycling, you can always use public transportation);

  2. if you think the way is too long or challenging, use an e-bike for less effort;

  3. keep a change of clothes at your workplace and everything you need for a quick clean-up, so you won’t have troubles if you get sweaty or wet; alternatively, bring a poncho or a k-way so you won’t be caught off-guard by the rain while riding;

  4. prepare your bike the night before, and try out your route a few days in advance, so you will know exactly how long it takes you to get to your destination;

  5. make sure your lights work, the chain is oiled and your tyres are at the right pressure; having to push your bike by hand through the traffic can be quite a distressing experience;

  6. make sure your lights work, the chain is oiled and your tyres are at the right pressure; having to push your bike by hand through the traffic can be quite a distressing experience;

Of course, it is crucial that you can you use a bike, but it doesn’t need to be your own nor very expensive or fully equipped. If the bike is yours, use some simple tricks to make it fit for your purpose. Here’s a few tips:

  1. add a back rack or side bags. It’s important that you have a space where you can store some useful items or spare clothes without having to carry them on your shoulders. A backpack can seem like a practical solution, but it can be uncomfortable and leave some big sweat stains on your back;

  2. make sure that it has good mudguards, so that you won’t reach your destination with rain or mud stains if you have to cross wet stretches of road;

  3. get a good lock: even if you don’t have an expensive bike, it’s your main means of transport and needs to be protected as best as possible;

  4. if you don’t want to be caught off-guard by rain, you also need to make sure your saddle doesn’t get wet. You may want to choose an effective saddle cover or a saddle that can be removed and carried away when you park your bicycle. With this feature, the Ta+Too saddle by Selle Royal has the undeniable advantage of discouraging stealing.  

Take this new lifestyle without extremism and with the right dose of flexibility; it’s a choice that will change your habits for the better, and not something you’re forced to do. And if it seems difficult to change so drastically, start gradually; perhaps you could go by bike twice a week, or use the bike sharing services in your town.

So there’s nothing more to say: just get on your bike and discover an amazing new way of living life, that is by travelling on two wheels!

 

            

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