It’s been quite some time since I’ve actually blogged something pertaining to my own life, so let me give you an update on my latest movement, Go By Bike.
Many of you who know my personally know I’m WAY into cycling. I’ve been a professional bike mechanic for over 7 years (jeez, that’s starting to make me sound old), and you haven’t been able to pull me off my bike since I first ditched the training wheels at the age of 6.
This week, beginning back on Sunday, July 8, I’ve decided to park the car and let it sit for as long as possible. I’ve got to make it at least an entire week. It may not sound like a long time (in the past I’ve gone entire summers on two wheels), but as busy as I like to keep myself nowadays and as much running around as I do in a given week, this will certainly be a challenge.
Why am I doing this you ask? There are many reasons. I’m on a get in crazy shape kick… Supporting some friends have lost their licenses and are forced to do the same… The tags on my car expired on my birthday last week, and who wants to go to the Secretary of State and try to get anything done… I’ve got an awesome new carbon fiber mountain bike in the process of being built… Central Michigan University has approved reinstating their competitive collegiate cycling team and I’m on it (oops, did I just let that one slip?)… Gas is still over $3.50 a gallon… It’s good for the environment or something like that… Oh and because I can!
I’ll keep you all updated throughout the week. If you’re in the Oakland County area of Michigan and see me riding don’t hesitate to shout me out.
UPDATE – 7/27:
It’s been almost 3 weeks since I began my Go By Bike movement. I’ll be honest, my car has not been parked for the entire time. But it has been parked for most of it! I’ve ridden to work at least 4 days a week since it’s begun, which has saved my just shy of 300 miles worth of gas/wear & tear on my car. Aside from the work commute, I’ve been in the saddle almost every day of these three weeks. I’ve been running errands, meeting up with friends, and putting down miles just for fun all while on two wheels. The funny thing is, the majority of times I have been driving are to make it to nearby State & Metro Parks to put down a couple of laps on the mountain bike trails. I plan on continuing to Go By Bike for the rest of the summer.
“It’s fun, it gives me energy, and it’s a great way to stay in shape.”