The joys of biking to work |

The joys of biking to work

Kristen Lodge / Outdoor AdventuresGrand County, CO Colorado
Sue Volk. Photo by Marie Hedrick

Sue Volk likes to bike to work. “It’s multitasking at its most elemental: locomotion, exercise, environmental. Plus, how often in life do you really get to coast?”She adds, “My husband thinks I’m nuts. He might be onto something.”Sue lives in Tabernash and owns Mountain Grind Coffee & Bistro in Winter Park. Her commute is eight miles.”This spring when it cost me $50 to fill my car with gas, I pumped up the bike tires, lubed the chain and started biking around the block to get ready for bike to work this summer.” After a few days riding to work Sue’s mind would drift to ways to outsmart her competition and drive more coffee drinkers to her shop in Cooper Creek. She would write haikus and poems in her mind and once she arrived at the shop, she would log onto her Facebook account and post them. Also as she rode, she would concoct ways to promote her delicious fudge. One idea was writing a letter to President Obama asking him to try her fudge and then contract to send it to the troops in Iraq. Sue bikes to work for other reasons, primarily to reduce her carbon footprint. She is also doing everything she can in her business to buy local including vegetable shares and using Morales Farms. She will also grow greens for salads, fresh dill, cilantro, parsley and basil in pots in front of the shop. The next step will be a worm composter to recycle food waste, coffee grounds, and newspapers. Biking to work not only helps reduce your carbon footprint but you can save money, reduce stress and, like Sue, come up with great business ideas and save the planet. Here are some Bike to Work Tips.• Plan ahead by dropping off clothes and extra food at work. Perhaps some toiletries in case you tend to smell after a ride. Better yet, leave an entire week of clothes at the office. • Any bike will do, you don’t need anything fancy. Just lube the chain and pump up the tires and get out there.• Know how to change a tire. • Safety First. Learn everything you can about the best ways to bicycle safely.• Have fun. Biking is fun. Smile while you ride and wave to other bikers (Very Important). • If you can’t keep your bike in a secure closet during the workday, be sure to lock it up. Since Sue started biking she has been getting into all the fun gear. She now has a basket on the back of her bike to haul groceries. She has learned how to change a flat by watching a YouTube video and now has a spare tube, tools, and hand pump. You won’t see this biker broken down on the Fraser Flats. Visit or send comments to

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