Bike Your Way Green

I like to ride my bike, but I don’t do it as often as I’d like. I’m also fascinated by bike culture (I think I always have been) and find myself wanting to know more about what makes a “good” bike, what all the components are, why some people love certain saddles over others. The environmentally friendly aspect of biking makes it even more appealing. Biking is catching on lately — not just the Lance Armstrong serious racing kind of biking, but the everyday commuting kind. People wearing street clothes and business suits are giving up cars in favor of bikes.

I’m intrigued.

I’ve come across a few bike sites lately that I’d like to share with you. Most of them feature beautiful photography of both setting and the bikes themselves. Be sure to check them out when you have the time

Ecovelo: Alan and his wife, Michael, have chosen to go “car-lite,” meaning they use bikes as their primary mode of transportation, though they do still keep a small car in their driveway for use in times of illness or travel that doesn’t lend itself to biking. It’s fascinating to read about their day-to-day lives on bikes. They also provide plenty of wonderful photos and reviews of bikes and components, as well as biking news. I’m hooked on their site.

Let’s Go Ride a Bike: Another new favorite. Trisha, who’s based in Nashville, and Dottie, who’s based in Chicago, make biking look beautiful. Their blog is all about biking with style, often in heels, never in spandex. Like Ecovelo, there are wonderful photographs. There’s also a handy How-To section for those interested in getting started with bike commuting.

Rowdy Kittens: Tammy Strobel’s blog is more about living simply than specifically about biking, but there’s a lot of great information there. In an effort to simplify their own lives, Tammy and her husband sold their cars and now go everywhere by bike. Tammy’s also written a wonderful ebook called Simply Car-Free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life that will teach you how to save money and get started riding more and driving less. It’s a bargain at only $9.95 and includes a money-back guarantee.

I’d love to know in the comments if you ride a bike and if so, what kind of bike do you have?

Photo Credit: Marc oh!

Comments

  1. Hey Beth – we recently became a one car family, so the bike has been in much more use than before and I am loving it! Of course, there are only 2 of us and we both work mainly from home, so the challenges of children and commuting are not in the mix for us which makes it easier. We also live in a small, very bike friendly town, which helps a lot. In fact, I’ve been making biking part of my exercise routine (as much as I have a routine, which I really don’t!), but there is a lovely 8 mile round trip that takes me along the ocean which I’ve done a couple of times recently.

    My biking does not involve heels I have to say! I am dangerous in heels on my own 2 feet, never mind riding a bike!! Thanks for the links, I will explore them at leisure later!

  2. Great post Beth. Can’t wait to explore the links. They sound interesting. My biking is mostly exercise and pleasure related. Love being on my bike weather it’s my road bike, mountain bike or road bike on my wind trainer. Don’t live in a bike friendly town right now, but would commute to work in a second if I didn’t have to ride in the dark when all the party people are driving home from the bars… Looking forward to moving to my fav place Steamboat Co where biking, all types (commuting especially) is not just pleasure, but a way of life.

  3. Hi Helen!

    Your 8 mile loop going by the ocean sounds lovely! I have dreams of bike friendly towns. 🙂 Mine is decidedly not. What kind of bike do you ride?

    And. . . I know what you mean about heels. 🙂

  4. @Deb –
    Thanks for stopping by. I know what you mean about non-bike-friendly towns. I hope you enjoy the links.

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