College! It's great isn't it? No parents to tell you what to do, tons of freedom, lots of… ahem, social gatherings, plus you even get to spend a lot less time in class than high school! Of course, there's a downside, too: Unbelievable parking fees and headaches, 8 a.m. seminars, back-to-back cross-campus classes, and paying for pizza with pennies. How do you address these issues? With a bicycle, of course! Allow our resident scholar to explain.
If you're like me, you like to slide into classes just before the professors. The easiest and quickest way I found to do this is getting to campus on my bike. It's so sweet. I can ride right up to the building. There's always parking in the bike rack, and some of the teachers even let me roll my bike into class. Also, biking's the fastest way to get across campus, and the most fun, too, because you see your friends and can stop anywhere you want. Best of all, by biking I save big time on parking (no yearly pass required) and gas.
|Lock - I always make sure my ride is solidly locked, both wheels and the frame to an immovable object. And I take my light and pump with me (if you have a quick-release seat, take that with you, too)! Thieves love targeting campus bikes so it pays to always lock-up like this. I use a heavy-duty U-lock, which even carries a guarantee. To lessen my load (all those books can get heavy), sometimes I'll leave my lock on campus if I know I'm coming right back to school in the morning. |
Messenger bag - People think my bag is permanently attached to me because I always bring it along riding and walking. It rides comfortably, handles books well, includes reflective details for safety and gives me easy access to my lock and other gear. Plus, it's rainproof and super durable. In the shop we also carry backpacks and bags that mount on the bike if you want to carry your stuff that way. We're always happy to show you the different options and explain the benefits of each.
Helmet - I never ride without my helmet. I'm a good rider and I'm pretty sure I'm not going to crash. But, it's sketchy out there. Some people shouldn't be allowed to drive in the morning before getting their coffee fix, or in the evening after getting their bar fix! And my helmet is built to protect me with awesome impact resistance, large vents for cooling and even a visor to shade my eyes. So, I never ride without it. Oh, it also looks great and makes me even more visible to drivers. Plus, if it's been a while since you've tried out a bike helmet, you're in for a surprise. They're lighter, breezier, safer and even more affordable than ever. Come try one on and you'll see.
Car rack - Actually my car and my rack. I don't drive around much, but thank goodness I have a way to carry loads like laundry and groceries, and my buddies. Plus, I drive to get to certain trails, and with my trunk rack, I can transport my bike there, or to my friend's campus 200 miles away. My rack mounts quickly to almost any car, folds to fit in the trunk or my closet when not in use, and can hold up to 3 bikes. We have a complete selection of racks for all your needs.
Bike rack - The one on the back of my bike, is great for hauling all those books during finals week (I just strap them on with bungee cords). It's made of aluminum for light weight and it has a stout top platform shaped to support loads and keep them from sliding forward. And, when I put on bags that attach to the sides (also called "panniers" or sometimes "saddlebags"), my bike becomes even more useful because I can load the bags and the top of the rack.