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I'm new to the forum. I live in Arizona and moved here a few years ago from Massachusetts. I love backpacking, fishing, long distance cycling, and learning primitive/off-grid skills.

Bicycle commuting to work is and excellent way to keep in shape for hiking as well as saving you lots of money on fuel and expensive car repairs.

With bike commuting you don't have to schedule time for a workout or going to the gym. A workout is part of your normal daily routine.

When I moved to Arizona I got rid of my pickup truck because Phoenix has good public transport and flat terrain making for easy cycling. No more insurance, fuiel cost worries, and worries about 500 dollar repair bills.

I dropped form 220 pounds to 185 without dieting as well as dropping blood pressure and pulse


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CarFree, all of that is certainly true about using the bike for transport.  Just be sure to train on foot, too, or the trail may hurt (see my comment in the gym to trail thread).

I haul most of our groceries on my bike, though the car is necessary for the Costco run :)


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".......And flat terrain" This is what will get ya, right here. Like what was said above, just be sure to train on foot too though. I DO wish I could ride a bike to work, but would wind up a hood ornament round here :)
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Yes, if you have a means of taking a shower before starting work.  Otherwise you will smell like you just came from the gym.
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On the weekends I do train on foot.  Today I rode up to Agua Fria National monument and hiked in.   A day hike plus a 100 mile round trip bike ride.

The weather was spectacular.


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I now ride my bike to the train station, 3 miles. Take train to city, 1.5 hours. Walk from Penn Station to my building, 30 minute speed walk.  Then I do it again to go home, but opposite direction of course.

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