|Photo Credit: SGL Fall Fitness Challenge Bicycle Commuter Editor Renee Marchol|
Did you see the Mid-autumn Moon this past Thursday? I bet you did. How can you miss it with its oversized, golden glow? As I rode home from work on my bicycle, I thought of the Chinese Mid-autumn moon festival. My mom (biological grandma) was a bicyclist. I pictured her, athletic and feminine, riding her bicycle over dirt paths and light gravel to celebrate with tea and mooncakes with her family. She might giggle in heaven to hear that I refer to her as an elegant badass!
|Photo Credit: SGL Fall Fitness Challenge Review of Bicyclist Accessories Garneau Flex Zone Gloves|
What did I learn during week 1 of the eight week bicycle commuter experiment?
5 Tips for the Beginning Bicyclist Commuter:
1. Wear one bicyclist glove on your non-dominant hand. So that you can vibe Michael Jackson. Also this protects your hand when you ride swiftly past shrubbery. This leaves your dominant hand free to gesture on your smartphone when you dismount and consult your GPS for alternative bike routes when road construction gives your surprises.
2. Store Deodorant Foot Spray in your office desk. This is not optional. First, this protects your shoes from accelerated wear and tear because of dampness. Second, this prevents skin decay of wet feet. Yuck, right? Lastly, this makes your cycling to work a non-issue with your coworkers and you become a friendly bicycling ambassador rather than Ms. or Mr. Freaky Foot Odor.
3. Wear removable bike lights like Liberace. What do I mean? It’s the best bling you’ll wear as a beginning cyclist. I like the silicone Serafas lights for front and rear. I remove them when I dismount and park. I wrap them around my handlebar and rear reflector in seconds when I ride early evenings. Why Liberace? Because I haven’t found an apt Elton John analogy yet for my cycling.
|Photo Credit: SGL Fall Fitness Challenge Bicycle Commuter Bike Lights|
4. Suit up. You’ll save your dressier office wear if you change out your office duds at the end of the day. Want an example? A neon yellow, reflective tech top by Champion and all-purpose sport shorts (with underwear sewn in) live in my soccer-ball satchel at all times. Why? Moisture-wicking becomes your new friend as a bike commuter. Also, it may not be polite but you’ll glad to change out of bottoms twice per day to air out butt sweat!
|Photo Credit: SGL Fall Fitness Challenge Bike to Work Tips|
5. Skincare. SmartyGirls and SmartyFellas, you might choose to go make-up free on the ride to work but please remember to wear sunscreen and moisturizer. It’s both a beauty and health concern? Why? Hydrated skin keeps wind-chapping at bay. Sunblock prevents some skin cancers. Imagine your skin as an envelope that protects all the good stuff that is you!
If you bike to the gym from work before you reach home, you might want to reach for a clean handtowel that you keep in your office desk. Dry that perspiration. Use a tissue or sensitive skin make-up remover to take off dirt and sweaty sunblock before you exercise indoors to prevent skin breakouts!
|Photo Credit: SGL Fall Fitness Challenge Tips Bring a Combo Lock for the Gym to store your Bicyclist Gear|