Get ready for the Bike To Work Fashion Show & Festival on Saturday May 1st, and Bike To Work Day on May 21st.
Here I am with good ol' DIGGER, my bike. Note the safety gear. I've had one concussion falling off a bike while not wearing a helmet. One's enough.
Digger now has a handlebar bag. A few strips of reflective tape really help me to stand out. I like to be seen clearly crossing a road, because in a bike vs car accident, my money's on the car to win.
Velcro ankle straps keep the jeans from catching in the chain and peddles. Make sure you tuck in your laces, too.
Reflective straps are one more way to be seen by drivers. BTW--always use crosswalks, and wait your turn. MAKE EYE CONTACT with drivers before crossing in front of them at a driveway or parking lot enterance--be sure they see you.
No need for a camelback. I've got a handlebar mounted bottle, plus spares in my bags. And the bell is WAY better than shouting, "Passing on the left!" which never works. Never.
A good lock and chain are a must, and easily ignored on the handlebar's gooseneck.
My new tailbag comes with enough room for extra water, and lots of clothes and gear.
I've got my after-work biking gear inside: padded biking shorts, t-shirt (NOT cotton), all weather jacket, padded open-finger gloves, and some overpants in case of cold.
In the saddlebags, plenty of room for my Shimano biking shoes...
...and my Magic 98.9 jacket and vest if I go out for lunch. I don't mind the extra weight--harder training gets me ready for long distance charity bike rides. I'll lighten up the load then.
Benefit of biking to work: SAVE MONEY ON GAS! Look, there's my wallet...looking surprised that it has a few bucks left in it.
Benefit of biking to work: SAVE GAS FOR OTHER THINGS. This bag has room for my wallet, a clip for a key chain, a ball cap, and...
Extra tubes, a repair kit, and an energy bar or two. Yes, I have been stranded on the highway before...I am equipped for most emergency fixes now.
Sorry that it's hard to see, but both my tail bag and handlebar bag clamp on and slide off, and come with shoulder straps. I can take them inside if I have to chain up my bike outside.
Benefit of biking to work: LESS GUILT WHEN EATING. I dropped by one of my favorite fast-food places for breakfast. After all, it is the most important meal of the day!