“My mom took this pic of me during my bike ride at Battle Creek Park while my parents did their morning walk in St. Paul on October 2014″

It’s National Bike to Work Day (Friday, May 15th 2015), so I decided to do a blog post on this special day. I “try” to bike to work as many days as possible as long as the weather holds up or I don’t have a big “commitment” before or after work that I need to “rush” to. I bike for many reasons (e.g. health, fitness, financial, etc..).

While looking for links to share on my facebook to challenge others to bike, I found this National Bike Challenge. I’m kind of behind in the competition (1st of May) as I started late (15th). However, it’ll be interesting to get the totals for calories burned, money saved from gas usage for a car if I did had to drive, and miles I biked after this 3-month challenge. Stay tune for updates on the #’s I tally from now till the end of the summer. I’ll be happy to hear yours (post below) if you do decide to join this challenge…I challenge you!

June 1st #436 locally
#12,056 nationally

June 11th 2015
#373 locally #10,155 nationally

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June 14th 2015

Pigs Eye Park Trail (Sunday, June 14th 2015) looking at downtown St. Paul from the southeast.

June 26th 2015
#323 locally #8,209 nationally
Mohr-Pomme-Green
https://goo.gl/maps/TpSlE

June 26th 2015

July 1st 2015
1,147p.
Sal Monteagudo 187 miles/48 days this Challenge
#343 locally #8,397 nationally

July 5th 2015 Battle Creek Rec
https://goo.gl/maps/Gj9kP
5.4 miles

1,259p.
SAL MONTEAGUDO
219 miles/52 days this Challenge
#310 LOCALLY
#7,759 NATIONALLY

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July 13th 2015
1,458p
#298 locally #7,416 nationally

July 18th 2015
1,592p.
Sal Monteagudo 292 miles/65 days this Challenge
#287 locally #6,999 nationally

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“Pomme De Terre Park Bike Trail in Morris, Minnesota on Saturday, July 18th 2015

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Biking (WCROC to UMM) Downhill (July 2015)

Aug. 3rd 2015
1,981p.
Sal Monteagudo 381 miles/80 days this Challenge
#329 locally #7,937 nationally

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final tally ending September 30th 2015Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugPhoto & Video Sharing by SmugMug

Other Stats:

Minnesota (State)
Calories Burned: 76,642, 349
Dollars Saved: $244,492
Pounds CO2 Saved: 389,456

1,413, 886.8 Miles Rode
69% Recreation
31% Transportation

Nation (U.S.A.)
37,728,903 MILES Rode
92,396 RIDERS

Bike Vlog: Battle Creek Regional Park (Maplewood, MN)


I decided to do this video blog after missing my personal mile run earlier in the week. The season has changed (Fall like weather), so my immune system was affected by the weather change and eating some “Brandy Chocolates” (has some alcohol) 😦

Great Causes:

Cycling to build Haiti House orphanage
Published by Lindsay Steele on July 15, 2015 mnnonline.org

“…That’s why cycling pianist Alan Curtis Tripp is riding 3,500 miles from one end of America to the other: to raise funds and awareness for the Haiti House project with Kids Alive International…”

Winter Season

Five Best Bikes For Winter by Perry bicycle-touring-guide.com
“..Diamondback Clarity Internal Gear Hub Protects Against The Elements

One simple way to prepare for winter is to invest in a bike with internal geared hubs.

Snow and ice can damage the shifting components on a bike, which could lead to costly regular repairs if you plan to ride through winter. Enclosing shifting components inside the hub protects them from the elements and could save you time and money down the road…”
Winter Bicycling: How to Enjoy It rei.com
“..
Why Ride in Winter?

At first, it might seem to be a daunting activity—bundling yourself up to ride through winter snow, ice, rain or even just cooler temperatures. But give it a chance. I’ve been a successful 4-season rider for many years now, and I live in Minneapolis. I have never regretted trading my commute by car for a commute by bicycle.

The rewards are many. I never get stuck in traffic. I never have to wait for a tow truck to get a jump-start or change my oil or pay for gas. The peace and solitude of an early morning ride through a light January snow is something that I would never give up.

Regardless of the weather, you benefit greatly by riding a bike more. The exercise alone is an almost unimaginable reward. Instead of sedentary transport by car, the very act of going from place to place by bike gets your heart pumping, blood flowing and the calories burning. …”

Sal: I like to ride during the winter as it beats waiting to warm-up your vehicle just to drive 1 mile from work. I rather use that time and ride instead of wasting that gas and it’s great exercise. Another plus is you don’t have to deal with getting your car stuck due to snow plows causing snow drifts. However, I’ve learned to bike more when the roads are clear of ice as it’s safer. I then use my car if it’s too slippery, slushy, or too “rough”.

Music

“Let’s Go Ride a Bike” (originally “Let’s go Fly a Kite” from Mary Poppins) by Crazy lil’ Sal

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