It's about the time all the leaves have come out on the trees when the "I'm going to be the next Lance Armstrongs" come out on the trails (heaven forbid they ride on the road). Their guns are blazing as they fly down the trail on their way to work. Then around the water cooler they brag about their 7 mile commuter, how they cut 30 seconds off of their ride from the day before and complain about the runners on the trail. Commuting by bike is not a race! Let's all say it together, commuting by bike is not a race. Amen. This is especially true for the newbie cyclist because it won't be long until this cyclist mentioned above starts to hate the sweat and the backpack and the traffic on the multiuse trail but it doesn't have to be that way. For many bike commuters the commute IS the morning second cup of coffee as they peacefully ride almost in a cycle trance on their way to work arriving much later then the former cyclist but happy and dry having just enjoyed a great start to their day.
- Don't drive your bike commute