Pedal Biking to Work?
In North America, it seems as though riding a bike to work is primarily due to absolute necessity and is not the desired method of travel.
Either the loss of driving priveleges, or the inability to afford motorized transportation could be the reasons behind bicycling to work. Pedal biking into the parking lot of your employers is almost certain to invoke questioning by fellow workers.
The culture of riding a bike voluntarily in lieu of paying for fuel has not taken hold just yet. Slight relief in gas prices have some consumers thinking otherwise, but you can't count on the stock market and commodity trading to balance your personal budget.
Gas prices will rise eventually, and no one can truly predict when it will happen. Pedal biking to work is always a money saving options regardless of the oil market.
Pedal biking still considered recreation...
Pedal bikes are still viewed as excercise equipment and recreational equipment. They are not necessarily viewed as a means of transportation. Busy streets, not typically designed for bicycle traffic, can in many cases limit the ability for one to ride to work safely instead of driving the family car.
This issue is changing, slowly but surely as government officials are finally realizing the practical use of bicycles as fuel saving transportation and not just a pleasure of fitness vehicle.
Bicycles, for the most part, are designed with specific uses in mind. A street bicycle varies from a mountain bike, a child's bicycle of course varies in size from an adult version. Selecting the right bicycle to serve the purpose is critical.
An uncomfortable bike, or a pedal bike purchased for another purpose can instantly frustrate any rider. Price matters... Purchasing a pedal bike is the same as purchasing most anything. It's the simple idea that you get what you pay for.
Higher quality pedal bikes are made of higher grade, lighter materials, may have better tires, more comfortable seats, better suspension, and more reliable shifting capability. All of these options must be considered if the consumer plans on using the bicycle for transportation to their place of employment.
Walegamart is rolling out a bicycle configurator designed to assist in the pedal bike purchase process. The pedal biking configurator will be made public in early 2015.