Biking gets easier

It looks like biking will be easier in Minneapolis soon. When I lived on the north side I would make pretty good use of my bike to get around and found the biggest trouble was sharing the pothole-filled roads with cars. It was pretty cool to ride into downtown or over to the UofM campus and realize I hadn’t spent any fuel (and thus money) getting there.

With the turn in weather for the better, I have been trying to run more local errands on my bike. I have found getting around in the suburbs hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would. Sidewalks are pretty much empty, so there’s no bike vs. pedestrian conflict there, and it keeps me off the road with the H2’s. So far I’ve done stuff that hasn’t required carrying much – the bank, post office, or picking up bagels. Anyone have experience using a bike almost exclusively, even for tasks like grocery shopping?

Oh, and if you’re on the fence about biking, or any exercising really – take note that it’s apparently good for your brain as well!

3 Comments so far

  1. gnimsh on April 16th, 2008 @ 7:24 pm

    I lived in Marcy Holmes at 8th st SE and E Hennepin last year, and would ride my bike up Hennepin to Central when I needed to go shopping at Lunds. It was only a 5 minute ride or so, not long at all. I’d bring my backpack with me and fill it as full as I could to minimize having to carry bags on my handlebars. This whole area is really convenient for bikes as there are a lot of bike racks too. It got tougher to do after the bridge collapsed and all the traffic was rerouted through my formerly (somewhat) low traffic area though.

  2. David (jacc) on April 16th, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

    I try and ride the bike for most local errands and for visiting friends that live within a 15 mile radius.

    After the winter rides it’s time to get a tune up and I’ve been thinking about switching tires to something more commuter friendly.

  3. Erica M (ericam) on April 17th, 2008 @ 7:40 am

    When I lived in Uptown I did try to run as many errands as I could on foot or on bike. I’ve since moved to Eden Prairie and it’s not as easy, but it’s really not that hard, either. I’m just not in the habit. Since I also work in EP, I’m going to try to bike to work at least once a week over the summer while it’s nice out.

    Speaking of bike tune ups, we took our bikes to Erik’s Bikes and they very kindly informed us that we only needed a couple minor repairs and didn’t need full tune ups at all, since we didn’t ride them during the winter. I thought that was super nice. If I’d have gone into The Hub again and asked for a tune up, they would have done it and charged me for it and never said boo.

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