From Petrol to Pedals

From Petrol to Pedals. This blog chronicles one man's obsession with commuting by bike.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Top 10 Reasons Why Biking to Work Rocks

Since today is my first day back in the saddle in nearly two weeks (thanks to SkyHigh for the über stiff back & supporting The Lady with food poisoning) I feel I should discuss why riding is much better than driving a car.

Here are my personal top 10 reasons why riding to work rocks! 

8. You are promoting a positive change in our car obsessed culture

My all-time favorite bike poster from

7. You are making an environmental impact
Warning: link is to an awesome page 

6. Increase your sexual stamina

"Since sex can be an act of endurance, improving cardiovascular fitness with aerobic activity such as walking, running, cycling or swimming for at least 30 minutes, three times per week, will help both partners perform longer and more often"

5.  You've got better things to do than sit in traffic. Traffic makes you go batty, hate the world, and want to drive off a bridge.

Another day in New Delhi and another fit of road rage. When does it end?
4. It makes your butt look good. Not making this one up or just singling out the ladies. Trust me, I'm a rider, I know.

this could be your butt!

3. You save (a lot) of money.
- Use a website tool like to track your mileage. It took me about 7 months to get my full return on the investment of a new bike + gear. It's pretty realistic given insurance, gas, wear & tear, + maintenance.

2. You actually look cool (except you Scott!). Unlike some douche in a Hummer.

Notice the keg on the rack!


1. Einstein claimed to do his best thinking while on his bike. I can't tell you how many ideas I come up with while riding. Not just shitty ideas either, but actual gooooood ideas. Riding actually gives you time to process your thoughts in a relaxing setting. You actually feel refreshed and you will be a better person. I have noticed a direct correlation to my personal demeanor when I ride vs drive.

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein

Look at THAT smile!


  1. Not to mention, you get to work awake and ready to face the day, as opposed to still half-asleep from riding the brake in rush hour traffic.

  2. Amen dude. I couldn't agree more. I have found that my productivity is vastly improved since I started riding. 'Preciate the comment.