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6 Excuses for Not Becoming a Bike Commuter (And How to Get Over Them)

4. You Don’t Want Helmet Hair

Is this the real reason you aren’t riding your bike to work — the one you’re too embarrassed to mention? We thought so.

No one wants to have helmet hair at work, but there are ways you can deal with it. There’s the $470 collar helmet from Hovding, which only inflates on impact, but you can also try a low-maintenance hairstyle; keep a stash of products at your office; or plan to hit the gym and shower after the commute but before going into work.

Another option: If you live near public transportation, try bringing your bike on the subway or bus on mornings when you really need your hair to look its best (like at that breakfast meeting with the CEO), and then ride home

5. It Takes Too Long

Depending on where you live (think bumper-to-bumper traffic, extra time needed to find a parking spot), cycling usually takes longer than driving. It may take longer than public transportation, too, but that depends on how close you live to the bus or train station and how reliable your city’s service is.

But you can make up that time elsewhere throughout your day: First, you won’t be sitting in traffic, so your ride will feel much faster, and you’ll also be focusing on what’s around you instead of entertaining yourself during stop-and-go traffic.

The physical side of things also means you can cut down (or totally eliminate) your daily card sessions at the gym. Just imagine: Instead of going from a stuffy office to a boring treadmill, you could let the fresh air and sunshine rejuvenate your spirit. Doesn’t that sound a lot better?

6. You’re scared of traffic.

Not wanting to fight cars, trucks, taxis, and school buses on your way to work each day is completely understandable, but think about it this way: None of the drivers on the road want to hurt you.

Taking the proper safety precautions — like using signals and lights, riding in bike lanes, and following the traffic laws — lets drivers know where you are and what you’re doing, and that makes them able to give you the space you need to ride safely.

This is also the kind of fear that only goes away with plenty of practice — so look over these 10 tips for cycling with traffic, study up on the rules of the road, buckle your helmet and get out there. You’ll be so glad to be no longer stuck in those morning traffic jams that you’ll be more confident in no time.

Related:
5 Bike Commuting Tips
6 Tips to Go Car Free
What to Pack for Bike Commuting

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10:28PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

I'd actually love to ride to work - I only live a 15 minute drive (3 traffic lights!) away....I don't mind the traffic or the weather (I live in south Florida) or even the safety issues - I get oyt at 9 PM most nights, well after dark. I do, however, have 1 excuse you can't work around: I'm required to have a car for running work-related errands. :(

6:00AM PDT on May 28, 2012

My biggest fear is the traffic. I live in an extremely populated area and I've seen the other drivers, some of them have absolutely no respect for a cyclist or pedestrian.

7:49AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

One person's excuse is another person's reason?

11:20AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

I have to work fewer hours since I bike instead of using a car. It's fun now!

8:43AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

"4. You Don’t Want Helmet Hair". Ridiculous!

8:43AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

"4. You Don’t Want Helmet Hair". Ridiculous!

1:25PM PST on Jan 1, 2012

A $470 helmet?? Hmmm...

7:57PM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

I love riding my bike to the lab in the mornings. The ride back is normally a bummer becuase it is so much hotter and much more humid. But today it was really fun to ride there in the rain.

3:36PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

thanks.

12:38AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

i like to ride my bike

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