Bicycle to Work This Fall

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. “

–Stanley Horowitz

Be part of the scenery, don’t just look out the window.

Now that it’s fall, too many people put their bicycles into storage until spring. You may not want to bicycle in the snow (I have to check to see if my studded tires arrived at the store yet.), but don’t put your bicycle away too soon. Put on a sweater and pedal out. This morning I rode my bike to work through the woods along the Raccoon River and realized how much I enjoy biking in the fall.

Why should you bike to work this fall? It’s–


Leave your stinkbox at home. You know how bad your car smells. Which do you dislike more, the smell of burned gasoline or the toxic ‘new car smell’ of plastic and adhesives? And, don’t get me started on ‘air fresheners.’


WTF? A detour! Where should I go? Oh, I have to find my way? But, then I would see something…different. I crossed over a different bridge, but found my way. Hey, I got to explore. For a few minutes, I got lost, then found my way. Doesn’t that sound like more fun than the same ol’ boring rouitine to work? No? You need to get out more.


Or at least overcast. Either way you need the sun more than you need to spend more time inside your home, office, or car. We don’t get enough sun during the fall and winter. Not enough sun, not enough vitamin D. What does that mean…less sun, less vitamin D, results in more depression.


This year, after 20-plus years of California’s un-fall, I’m enjoying the changes. I had forgotten fall’s messiness, the sound of leaves, and the crispness in the air. Sometimes I meet deer in the woods. I enjoy the scenery much more than staring at the car ahead of me.


My bike ride today took less time than my usual morning run. You don’t have to go to the gym to exercise! Gyms usually smell worse than the inside of your car. No, you’re not too obese to ride a bike. Waddle down to WalMart or your local bike shop. Buy something cheap, so that you can give it away in a few months after you’ve lost a chunk of weight and are ready for a nicer bicycle.

Did you enjoy your drive to work today? Tomorrow, ride your bike.

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