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RE: Biking in Your City
Yeah. It is a great way to keep fit. I bike to work. I have done so since late March this year and I am in much better shape now.

As such, I no longer need to do any other exercise and I am still in great shape. I really recommend it.

On average I bike a couple hours each day.

On days when it rains, I take public transport. (Other players can drive to work and that's fine.) I check the weather forecast each morning. If it is raining in the morning, but will clear up later, I carry my bike on public transport. As a result, my arms are nice and tight (moreso than before, anyway).

What I give up by staying fit this way: listening to podcasts (lifestyle podcasts, language acquisition, career-related, etc.) because it is too dangerous to listen while biking in a city. You need to be aware.

I give up the opportunity to meet people at a gym. Or on public transport. I don't really meet people on the road.

Besides a good body, I get a few things in return though, by biking everywhere.

I have a folding bike, so people are always coming up to me and commenting on the bike. Mostly guys and older people. So you can still meet people.

And there's nothing that beats being able to exercise right after work. It clears the head. I finish work, get on a bicycle, enjoy the weather if it's summer, and am able to process the day's events through some moderate cardio - it works out pretty well. The mental exertion followed by physical intensity are a good complement (I need to focus on the city roads so that I don't get hit by a car and die).

The folding bike is key. I spent a good amount (less than $1,000) to get a really good bike that goes up hills well. It has many gears. Folding it takes less than half a minute and it fits under my desk. Generally I have found people in my city to be very accommodating with the folding bike scenario. I was at a higher-end bar downtown with a girl and stepped off the elevator with the folded bike after work - she quickly let me put it in their closet. At more formal institutions where I don't really want to be seen with a bike (after-work career functions, trainings, etc.), there's always a closet or space to put it. I even carry my lock (weighs about a pound) if I want more security - it dangles off the handlebars without getting in the way.

I have become very tan as a result of riding everywhere. I wear swim shorts and go shirtless on the way to and from work. Before arrival, I put on a white shirt. Upon arrival (I arrive a bit early to give myself time), I use the bathroom to change. Pants don't really wrinkle - get some wrinkle-resistant work shirts and your clothes don't really wrinkle at all if you fold them and put them in plastic bags, then change at work. Get a bike rack with panniers (rear bicycle bags) and you can carry a lot of gear. Attach a water bottle holder at the lower front of your bike, under the handlebars, for easy access.

Biking everywhere has been an excellent lifestyle decision for me. I was planning to write a post, so I gusss this is it. I have some more info to share so if no one else does, I will write about that later.
(This post was last modified: 06-21-2014 06:12 PM by Yeti.)
06-21-2014 06:07 PM
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The Bicycle Thread - General Mayhem - 06-21-2014, 05:13 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Goldmund - 06-21-2014, 05:58 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Yeti - 06-21-2014 06:07 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - birdie num num - 06-21-2014, 06:34 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-21-2014, 08:31 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Yeti - 06-21-2014, 08:49 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - WestIndianArchie - 06-21-2014, 08:58 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Engineer - 06-21-2014, 09:34 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Yeti - 06-21-2014, 09:32 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - lovejoy - 06-24-2014, 11:15 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - Goldmund - 06-21-2014, 09:37 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Albertron - 06-22-2014, 12:48 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-22-2014, 11:23 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - birdie num num - 06-22-2014, 11:45 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-22-2014, 12:18 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - birdie num num - 06-23-2014, 02:25 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - evilhei - 06-23-2014, 03:45 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Goldmund - 06-23-2014, 05:10 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - birdie num num - 06-23-2014, 05:53 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Goldmund - 06-23-2014, 06:08 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - devilution - 06-23-2014, 07:36 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - lovejoy - 06-24-2014, 11:12 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-24-2014, 11:36 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - speakeasy - 06-24-2014, 11:38 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - birdie num num - 06-24-2014, 12:34 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - lovejoy - 06-24-2014, 10:20 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - roberto - 06-24-2014, 03:22 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 06-24-2014, 03:55 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - AneroidOcean - 06-24-2014, 04:27 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-24-2014, 04:08 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 06-24-2014, 04:36 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 06-24-2014, 04:41 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-24-2014, 05:22 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - lovejoy - 06-24-2014, 10:26 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Celtic - 06-24-2014, 10:36 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-25-2014, 09:55 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - lovejoy - 06-25-2014, 12:40 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-25-2014, 01:43 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - birdie num num - 06-25-2014, 02:54 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 07-04-2014, 03:23 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - el mechanico - 06-25-2014, 04:02 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-25-2014, 05:06 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - el mechanico - 06-25-2014, 05:13 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - mastauser - 06-25-2014, 05:21 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 06-25-2014, 05:34 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - B00G3r - 07-04-2014, 05:27 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - ArtV - 07-04-2014, 06:13 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - DJ-Matt - 07-08-2014, 02:05 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - lovejoy - 07-09-2014, 05:30 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 07-12-2014, 12:51 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - ChiTown - 07-13-2014, 11:33 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - Goldmund - 07-13-2014, 05:32 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - el mechanico - 07-13-2014, 05:47 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Yeti - 07-13-2014, 05:50 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 08-29-2014, 10:28 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Yeti - 08-29-2014, 10:42 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Doctor - 08-30-2014, 03:40 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - fabulas - 09-01-2014, 08:40 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - Yeti - 09-01-2014, 08:53 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - fabulas - 09-01-2014, 10:33 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - lovejoy - 09-01-2014, 12:40 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 09-01-2014, 12:41 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Basil Ransom - 02-15-2015, 08:52 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Yeti - 02-16-2015, 02:04 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 02-16-2015, 01:18 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Basil Ransom - 02-16-2015, 02:04 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 03-14-2015, 08:54 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - el mechanico - 03-14-2015, 09:17 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 03-14-2015, 09:22 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - lavidaloca - 03-14-2015, 09:26 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Suits - 03-14-2015, 09:43 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - el mechanico - 03-14-2015, 10:10 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - The_CEO - 03-14-2015, 10:46 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - General Mayhem - 03-14-2015, 11:09 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Cattle Rustler - 03-14-2015, 11:11 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - The_CEO - 03-15-2015, 11:29 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - estraudi - 03-15-2015, 03:38 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - Basil Ransom - 03-15-2015, 11:53 AM
RE: Biking in Your City - The_CEO - 03-15-2015, 12:07 PM
RE: Biking in Your City - Basil Ransom - 03-15-2015, 12:57 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - el mechanico - 03-15-2015, 01:49 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Buster - 03-15-2015, 03:29 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-15-2015, 04:25 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - General Mayhem - 03-15-2015, 11:03 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Buster - 03-15-2015, 11:11 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-15-2015, 11:22 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-16-2015, 12:30 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-16-2015, 10:45 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-16-2015, 12:00 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-16-2015, 12:09 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - General Mayhem - 03-16-2015, 12:15 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-16-2015, 12:42 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Buster - 03-16-2015, 03:00 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-16-2015, 04:17 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - BagelConsultant - 03-16-2015, 04:27 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-16-2015, 05:18 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Buster - 03-16-2015, 06:15 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-16-2015, 07:44 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Cattle Rustler - 03-16-2015, 10:11 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Fujiwara - 03-16-2015, 10:32 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-16-2015, 10:32 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - BagelConsultant - 03-16-2015, 10:53 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-17-2015, 12:11 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-17-2015, 11:16 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - General Mayhem - 03-17-2015, 02:00 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-19-2015, 06:47 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-19-2015, 08:29 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - pheonix500000 - 03-19-2015, 11:49 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - iknowexactly - 03-21-2015, 02:18 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-19-2015, 11:13 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-19-2015, 11:43 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Cattle Rustler - 03-20-2015, 12:02 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-21-2015, 12:55 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Cattle Rustler - 03-21-2015, 02:34 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - iknowexactly - 03-21-2015, 02:44 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-22-2015, 10:54 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-22-2015, 11:28 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-23-2015, 12:46 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - General Mayhem - 03-23-2015, 05:57 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Clint Barton - 03-23-2015, 10:08 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Ringo - 03-23-2015, 07:29 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-23-2015, 08:09 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - General Mayhem - 03-23-2015, 10:20 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-23-2015, 10:26 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Clint Barton - 03-23-2015, 10:53 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-23-2015, 11:08 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-24-2015, 12:33 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-24-2015, 12:50 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-24-2015, 01:42 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - General Mayhem - 03-24-2015, 09:28 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-25-2015, 11:35 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-26-2015, 11:45 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-27-2015, 01:43 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - TravelerKai - 03-27-2015, 07:29 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - TravelerKai - 03-27-2015, 07:12 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Fujiwara - 03-27-2015, 08:47 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-27-2015, 07:06 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-27-2015, 09:02 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-27-2015, 09:27 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-27-2015, 11:24 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - The_CEO - 03-27-2015, 11:48 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 03-28-2015, 01:14 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Cattle Rustler - 04-05-2015, 11:51 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - WesternCancer - 04-19-2015, 01:53 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - DickDastardly - 04-20-2015, 01:12 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Basil Ransom - 04-21-2015, 10:51 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - CleanSlate - 05-19-2015, 08:04 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Cattle Rustler - 06-25-2015, 10:49 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Chunnel - 06-29-2015, 10:03 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - lush1 - 06-26-2015, 03:58 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Cattle Rustler - 06-28-2015, 02:06 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - 456 - 06-30-2015, 01:44 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Yeti - 06-30-2015, 06:14 PM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - Chunnel - 07-01-2015, 08:59 AM
RE: The Bicycle Thread - CleanSlate - 07-01-2015, 10:19 AM
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