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Here’s a post from from our friends in the UK:

Having fun on the way to work? Impossible! Or, perhaps not. While the idea of enjoying the commute to work may seem unfathomable to some, there are a surprising number of ways that you can put a smile on your face before you enter the office – and cycling to work is one of them.

Considering that cycling is the third most popular recreational activity in the UK, it’s no surprise that more and more people are choosing to travel to work on two wheels rather than four. The Government’s supported cycle scheme for commuters has been a big help too – showing people how much they can save by choosing a greener transport method.

The scheme offers you savings of up to 42% when buying a new bike and helmet – that’s almost half price off a new, top-of-the-range bike! It also encourages you to get fit while you travel to work and operates alongside your employer to encourage you buy a new bike, pay it off over 12 to 18 months and hit the road! You will save money, lose weight and you o your bit for the environment – all whilst having fun!

How is cycling fun?

Cycling is fun for numerous reasons. Not only is it a great way to active but it also allows you to travel to work in a more leisurely manner. You won’t be staring in despair at the bumper of the car in front of you as traffic crawls down the road, you’ll be getting a glimpse of the natural surroundings around you whilst travelling quickly but safely along your journey.

As you’ll be exercising you can also expect to feel better – due to the release of endorphins – and may even gain increased confidence through weight loss. For example, if you weigh 10st then you can expect to burn off a whopping 635 calories during a one hour trip to work if you cycle! This could help you lose weight in the long-term, boosting self confidence and happiness.

Choosing the right bike

Before you grab your old bicycle and set out for work it is important that you make sure you have everything you need. Your old bike may not be up to the task so choose a bike that suits your needs. Consider where you work – in the city or in the countryside? Will you be driving on the road or on rough terrain? These factors will determine which bike you buy and there are always experts available in specialist bike stores to guide you and help you pick the perfect model.

You should also think about safety too – you will need lights, reflective gear and of course, a helmet so make sure you stock up on these items to enjoy stress-free travel to work that is safe, comfortable and enjoyable!
Earthgarage – Greener Car. Fatter Wallet.