Based on recommendations from MMM, I’ve recently bought myself a road bike and I’ve been slowly working my way up to riding more. This week, I rode my bike to work and back two times (full disclosure, I drive my car 4 miles to the Mount Vernon Trail and park then bike the remaining 9-10 miles).
The two main benefits of biking to work are saving money on gas/wear and tear on my vehicle and I get a great workout during my commute. This week’s riding works out to 48 miles which I didn’t put on my car.
Above is the bike I bought, an entry level road bike from Nashbar.com. They regularly run sales, so I timed my purchase with a 20% off option and got the bike for less. I’ve since changed out the pedals to clip-in style and the tires to Continental Gatorskins (kevlar lined to minimize flats) and I’ve added some lights and a handlebar mirror.
I opted for a road bike over a mountain bike since I have a fairly long ride and the trail is well-paved. The road bike affords me greater speed so the ride goes a little quicker than it would on a mountain bike.
Biking to work won’t work for everyone, but especially if you have a biking trail that covers a big chunk of your commute, you can really gain benefit from taking advantage of it. I’m fortunate in that the trail I use runs all the way to the Pentagon where I can park right outside our Athletic Center and grab a quick shower on my way to work.
I use the app Runkeeper on my smart phone to track my time/distance/calories burned. Works great!
So what does this have to do with retirement? Less driving = less money spent and exercise = healthier Rich!
I’d love to hear from you in the comment section about biking and other non-conventional ways you get to work.This entry was posted in Hobbies, Retirement Stuff by Rich