How to be a bike commuting genius
Last week, we told you about how one of the keys to staying fit as we get older is to just keep moving.
Today, we’re going to tell you about one of the best ways to integrate fitness into your daily life:
There’s so many benefits that we know you’ve already heard about. We almost feel we don’t need to tell you all of them again.
But we will anyway:
- Get your sweat on. It makes you a multitasking genius, getting to work and getting in your workout at the same time. Gmap’s handy homepage calculator can tell you how many calories you’ve burned on your ride.
- Save money. Less cash spent on gas and car maintenance.
- Save the environment. Bikes are pollution-free.
- Coolness factor: Car drivers envy you as you zip by them. You carry your bike up steps.
We have a few lightweight single speed bicycles in the Gmap Pedometer family. And it hasn’t all been roses cycling through the wilds of Maine with them, New York and Bangkok.
We’ve learned the hard way (by falling) about crossing railroad tracks perpendicularly and (also by falling) about how many bags of groceries we can carry at once. (None is your hands is a good idea).
During his daily 8KM commute through Bangkok’s streets, Leon has to keep an eye on pushcarts, motorbikes and tuk-tuks in addition to the cars. His serpentine route to work clocks in at about 35 minutes, faster than almost any other method for getting to the office.
Here are a few tips we’ve learned:
- Pick routes where the cars go slowly. Heavy traffic can be your friend.
- Be ever mindful. Of said cars.
- Minimize turns against traffic.
- Be visible. Phrases like “Christmas tree” or “alien spaceship landing” should come to mind when people see you blinking and flashing along. In the daytime, wear a neon safety vest for visibility.
And for tips on staying cool in hot weather, check out this previous post.
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The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 has killed at least 8,000 people and injured more than 10,000, according to the latest reports. The scenes of misery and chaos have prompted people to crowdfund donations like crazy.
Here in Bangkok, runners have been braving the hot weather to support Nepal, with two fundraisers over the weekend alone. (See last week’s post on how to survive training in crushing heat.)
We Run Nepal
A brand-new bike park threw open its doors Saturday — but to runners.
Tucked away in Bangkok’s northern suburb of Lad Prao, Peppermint Bike Park is a tidy little collection of paved trails that go over moguls, bridges and reclaimed timbers.
There’s moguls and sick downhills, bridges and old timbers to ride across.
And many opportunities for photos.
Thais love to take photos.
Peppermint Field is a brand of peppermint oil nasal inhaler that’s very popular in Thailand. It’s supposed to clear up your sinuses
Human Run for Nepal
On Sunday, hundreds of runners gathered at Rot Fai Park for the Human Run for Nepal. We got new shoes for that event from shoeadviser.com since they offered great discounts on their annual clearance sale.
Rot Fai is just north of the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market and is one of our favorite places for bicycling.
But on Sunday, again the runners took over.
And took more pictures.
I love to take photos of Thais taking photos.
Don’t have abs? Draw ‘em on!
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