Tomorrow (5/16/14) is Bike To Work day, part of Bike Month, Part of Bike every minute of your life…oh wait.
Celebrating the best way to get to work, or pretend work, or what ever you call it.
Although here in NYC, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA (like whatya they know…climate change…ha.) It may be a wet one:
But don’t let those geeky scientists sway you with their facts and nerdy figures…Come out and ride your bike.
Here are 5 products to think about for your commute:
POC Sports presents the Octal helmet, preferred by those zippy dudes in spandex from Team Garmin-Sharp
Some technical specs:
-High performance EPS liner, optimized in density
-Fully wrapping unibody shell construction
-Superior ventilation, using POC’s innovative ventilation design
-Size adjustment system, designed with low contact area
-Straps molded into liner
-Temperature regulating Coolbest padding
-Color combinations and reflective patches for enhanced visibility
-Eye garage to keep your sunglasses securely in position when placed on the helmet
-Scannable ICE tag
-Included Classic cycling cap with a clean design, made of cotton and polyester. Reflective stripes and logo for improved visibility. One size
-SIZES: Small (50-56 cm), Medium (54-60 cm), Large (56-62 cm)
Weighs less than 20grams.
Find out more at POCsports.com
If the NSA can track your every move, why not your love ones too. Here is a product for finding out if people are OK on their bikes–or late for work, with a simple text message.
Attaches to any helmet and will send out an emergency text with your GPS location to your predetermined contacts via your smartphone. Easy to use and if you wear the ICEdot band any first responder can pull up all your medical history as well as your emergency contacts.
More info: ICEdot.org
Outdoor Research makes great rain gear. (I’ve had one of their rain hats going strong for years) Here is great t-shirt as a base layer which wicks away moister and more: A versatile technical tee is a core component of every adventure kit. The Ignitor Tee™ is made from silky, wicking polyester and keeps you dry, comfortable and ready for anything. A small hip pocket holds a credit card, ID or energy gel, and Polygiene® anti-bacterial treatment fights stink on multi-day excursions.
More at: Outdoorresearch.com/IgnitorS/STee
Gotta look good at work? * Technical softshell, Sphero™ LT gives this blazer stretch and durability and with its DWR finish will repel any weather that you might come across on your commute but still let you still dress up for the work day.
From their site: The Crester Blazer is a product of technical mountain intent meeting classic style. Constructed of Sphero™ LT stretch double weave the Crester is highly durable, has a DWR finish that repels weather, and four way stretch that will make this your most comfortable sportcoat. It’s wrinkle and spill resistant, has a zippered security passport pocket, and cool plaid interior detailing. A phenomenal dress up for work or travel partner – just roll it up, throw it in your gear bag or carry-on and hit the road.
Check it out: www.stio.com/mens-crester-blazer
How about a backpack…a really good backpack, form the leaders of camping, outdoor gear:
Greogory-The Sketch 25 brings the style of European bike courier bags together with Gregory’s experience in modern pack design, and the result is a roll-top backpack that offers far more than just simple storage. An external-access laptop sleeve, internal device storage, and side accessory stash pockets give you room for both work and active gear without mixing things up.
More at: gregorypacks.com
Ok, now that your all geared up…here is a good resource of what’s going on tomorrow for Bike to Work Day from: Bikenyc.org
RSVP with Transportation Alternatives: here.
Here is a last minute guide from the Washington Post (for those in the DC area-especially)
For the past four months, we at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) have been working to convince people to consider becoming two-wheeled commuters with us on Bike to Work Day on Friday. We’ve reached out on all media, stood (rain or shine) in the region’s bikeways, taught Learn to Ride and City Cycling classes, hosted Everyday Biking Seminars, and worked to get out the word.
Somehow, you missed all of that and are just reading about the event on the Washington Post’s Web site today. Can you participate in Bike to Work Day on a single day’s notice? YES. And with 79 pitstops spread throughout the region, it’s easier than ever to fit Bike to Work Day into your commute. Here’s how:
Step one: Look at the weather report, but don’t let it get you down. This is very important for Bike to Work Day 2014. WABA keeps a great deal of data about local cycling conditions and roadway incidents, but we have never, in our 40 years, received a report of a bicyclist melting in the rain. Bring a rain jacket or a change of clothes. If it rains, everyone else will be wet too. So will we. Nobody will care, and the celebration will go on. Click here for tips on biking in the rain and staying dry.
If there’s more serious weather, make your decisions in the interest of safety. If it is not safe to ride, hold off and ride another day.
Find out more by riding over here.
Get lit up on your ride to work…
Anthony “Tonky” Clune’s been making reflective decals for a while now. He was at this year’s bike jumble handing out free samples of his new reflective buttons.
Here is a nice video of a unicyclist heading back from work…all lit up!
His company is: RydeSafe and he has a new kickstarter campaign for his buttons:
Ride over: here.
Also from DC, Tony Pelton of Bicycle Space bike shop was asked for tips on commuting to work.
In honor of Friday’s Bike to Work Day, we asked Tony Pelton of BicycleSPACE – DC’s top-rated bike shop – for his tips on the best bikes, equipment, and paths for commuting in DC. Here’s what he had to say:
In your opinion, what are the five essentials every bike commuter should have?
Tony: There are 5 great things that can not only improve your commute, but keep your bike in much better condition. Chain lube is essential, as is a floor pump to keep your tires properly inflated. I advise pumping your tires at least once a week. You’ll also want a multitool – something that just has a variety of hex keys will do the trick – for any small adjustments. Tire levers are important so either you or a pal can fix any flats you may get. You’ll also want front and rear lights if you plan on riding at dawn, dusk, or night.
Read more: here,