The Mountain Bike Life

Next week is Bike to Work week in my area. A chance to leave the car seat and hop on a bike seat for a less frenzied commute. As an occasional bike commuter, my 30+ km route provides me a lot of variety in terrain and the tantalizing aromas of dinners cooking. But the concrete jungle commute isn’t all shiny lycra and BBQ meat – there’s a lot more pluses biking to “work” in the back woods than to the downtown office.

  • No cars or pedestrians. Just the occasional bear or bear scat to dodge.
  • It doesn’t matter if you show up sweaty and smelly. In fact, this may help keep the bugs away.
  • You don’t have to bring a change of clothes. You’ll only wish you did after it pours rain for hours.
  • You don’t have to worry where to park your bike. Who’s going to steal it out here?
  • The pace is slower. Slow enough to notice grizzly tracks going in the same direction as you.
  • No one is running you off the road. The mud is too thick.
  • No stoplights to slow you down. Practice track stands while deciding how to cross an ice-cold creek.
  • Outdoor tools are more fun to work with than your desk and computer. Carrying them is a whole other challenge.
  • No traffic, it’s quiet…until the chainsaws start up.
  • No chance of getting doored. Smacked with a branch, yes.
  • Pit stops are a breeze. Just pull up to the next tree.
  • You can drink beer at lunch time and the boss won’t fire you.

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