Commuting is one of the most rewarding things you can do on a bike. I speak from experience – I commute as much as possible, in all weather, by choice. I have a car. I don’t have a DUI. I just choose biking. Why?
- It’s a lot more fun than driving a car.
- It’s Zen time. Think, relax, decompress. Let it all go.
- It makes you feel good. That whole endorphin talk is actually true.
- Get your training/exercise and transportation all at once.
- It’s one less car to a better world.
Commuting is not hard to do. You need (1) a working bike that fits your needs, (2) a couple key accessories, and (3) the motivation to get up early enough for the morning ride in. Here at Tree Fort, we want to help. We aren’t really going to be making wake-up calls to get you out of bed in the morning (we could probably be bribed on a case by case basis), but we definitely can help with the first two points.
This is a three part series on cold weather commuting. Though we are in the business of selling stuff, our real goal is to get more people out riding on bikes. Therefore this first post will focus on the basics of commuting; the bare necessities to get you there and back in cold weather with ease. Part 2 and 3 will go through bike parts, accessories, and clothing that will make your commute more comfortable and enjoyable. (more…)