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My bicycle is our second car. I love to bicycle in all weather, for all distances, and on all routes. Bicycling has brought so much joy to my life, and I want to share it with anyone who is interested. I will use my soapbox to tell you about the ...

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Bicycling and Walking Around

My bicycle is our second car. I love to bicycle in all weather, for all distances, and on all routes. Bicycling has brought so much joy to my life, and I want to share it with anyone who is interested. I will use my soapbox to tell you about the joys, the freedom, the benefits, and, yes, the challenges of bicycling and walking for transportation.

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League of American Bicyclists
By Rachel Ruhlen
Jan. 1, 2014 8:09 p.m.


What New Year's Resolutions are bicyclists making this year? Many of our New Year's Resolutions involve biking more and, like everyone else, losing weight.
Rick Green, owner of Kirksville's bike shop Pedals & Spokes, wants to do both, by riding the mountain bike single track trails daily and losing 40 pounds by the end of the summer on his new bike with 29-inch tires and disk brakes.
Almost all of the state parks have lakes or rivers, and I've been eyeing an inflatable raft for the 40 State Parks bicycle trip. It weighs 25 pounds, and that is a lot of extra weight to carry on a bicycle. I don't typically make New Year's Resolutions, but it occurred to me that if I lose 15 pounds (which I can spare), the inflatable raft will only increase my weight by a net of 10 pounds. If I succeed, I'm getting the inflatable raft!
One bicyclist has calculated that she'll have a better power-to-weight ratio with just 8 pounds less fat, and then she'll be able to conquer the 16% grades on her favorite rides and handle the altitude better during her summer bicycle trips in the mountains.
Several bicyclists want to bike more. "Discipline myself to bike as often as I can in the winter," said one bicyclist. "Rededicate myself to cycling. Commute to work at my new job," said another. One bicyclist answered simply, "Keep biking."
Acquiring a bicycle is the goal for some bicyclists. My sister rides a hybrid and borrows a road bike for an annual charity ride. Her goal is to save up enough money to buy a road bike by June. A friend will build up the mixte frame she's had since last March, which she intends to ride in nice weather.
Bicyclists want to be better people. "I always want to ride, but I complain a lot when I am riding," explains one bicyclist about her goal to adjust her mental attitude. Another hopes to "be more courteous, less impatient, and to impart my driver education lessons at a lower volume." (Many motorists could benefit from adopting this resolution.)
Bicycle to your New Year's Resolution for a healthier, prettier, stronger, wealthier, and most of all, kinder you.

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