Happy Tuesday! Here’s to hoping today is not so dark and rainy as yesterday evening! Despite the rain I still managed to get in my 4 mile run. Hooray for scheduling!!
Lately, I’ve been riding my bike to/from work. It started as a way to just speed up my commute, but recently has turned into way more! I was all about cutting down my commute time, but I didn’t anticipate how much I would actually enjoy it. I had previously used my bike riding my bike in “uber protected” areas, such as along the trail. I’m all about a casual ride, but it turns out urban biking…um, amazinggg.
SOO, after only about 3 weeks riding to work I’m basically a pro (um, false), but one MAJOR help for me was discovering the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia, and in particular, the Women Bike PHL. They are an amazing group of women that, among other things, have a Facebook group for women to ask questions about anything and EVERYTHING biking…think “what to wear biking?”, “how do I get from [a random Philly location] to [another amazing Philly location]”, or “how the heck do I lock my bike to [insert some random locale here]”. Such an awesome group of ladies! Check it out here!
I have a few goals for myself to really expand my skills and get more comfortable really using my bike throughout the city. I’m sure this list will grow, but so far…
Goal 1: Learn to bike in the rain. I mean, I’m not talking about a torrential downpour, but I do definitely shy away from riding my bike to work if the weather isn’t looking too stellar. Anyone have any tips? Are ponchos really necessary?
Goal 2: Figure out how to take my bike on the bus. Okay, not on the bus…on the front of the bus. I actually have NO idea how this works. Is there a “how-to”? I’m terrified I’ll mess it up and my bike will get crushed!!
Goal 3: Find a Bike/Cycling event. Preferably something for charity, but I would love to do a biking event. I’ve seen a few Bike and Beer events, but none that seem to work with my schedule. Anyone heard of anything great?
Any other advice for a biking newbie? I definitely need it!
Hope you all have a wonderful day!