Bike to work

Bike commuting is a great way to improve health, save money and reduce the amount of ozone-forming pollutants released by automobiles.

500,000 Americans bike to work

Helping St. Louis become 'a bike friendly city'

Bike St. Louis
Regional Bikeways of Metro St. Louis

Many bike commuters wear their work clothes while riding to work. Workplaces often do not have showers, but a washcloth and dry towel are sufficient for cleaning up after a ride.  For a long and hilly commute, have a clean pair of clothes at work to change into. 

Missouri law requires that motorists share the road with cyclists, giving them a full lane when possible.  Cyclists in turn must obey traffic rules and regulations.

Complete bike maintenance : for road, mountain, and commuter bicycles
Fred Milson.
Minneapolis, Minn. : MVP Books, 2011.
Our best-selling bicycle maintenance book is back in an expanded, revised, and updated edition. This new edition includes the latest equipment from Shimano, Campagnolo, and SRAM as well as substantial sections on hub gears and the various types of bottom bracket/chainset combinations. With its step-by-step photos, it gives any rider the confidence and knowledge required to tackle regular maintenance, repairs, and even major overhauls.
Take a seat : one man, one tandem, and twenty thousand miles of possibilities
Dominic Gill.
Guilford, Conn. : Falcon Guides, 2010.

A remarkable journey of sharing and self-discovery


When Dominic Gill set out from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, by bicycle on June 16, 2006, it was to be no ordinary bike ride. His goal was to reach Ushuaia, the southernmost city in South America, nearly 20,000 miles away, and he was starting off with virtually no money in his pocket, barely enough food to last a week, and, worst of all, with thousands of miles between him and his friends and family.


But Dominic had a plan: His bicycle, Achilles, was a tandem and the spare seat was his secret weapon. He would invite strangers to join him on his long journey—strangers he hoped would become friends and help him turn a terrifying prospect into the adventure of a lifetime.


InTake a Seat,Dominic tells the story of his incredible journey. Over twenty-six months, he covered 18,449 miles down the west coast of the Americas, passed through fifteen countries, was looked after by countless strangers, crashed into a Mexican banana truck, was nearly attacked by a mob of Bolivian political demonstrators, cycled past active volcanoes, and didn’t have a single haircut. All sorts of colorful characters took a seat on Achilles—from a meditating, pot-smoking French Canadian named Pierre to the dark-haired Joselyn from Chile. Eventually, he reached Ushuaia, freezing and exhausted and with another new friend behind him—the 270th person to take that seat. He had achieved his dream.



In summer 2010, Dominic and his tandem bike embarked on a trip across America and headed toward New York City with a group of elderly and disabled people. The core values of this new journey remain the same: To travel. To share. To inspire. Dominic filmed the entire journey. To learn more, go to


Bicycle technology : understanding the modern bicycle and its components
Rob van der Plas and Stuart Baird.
San Francisco, Calif. : Cycle Publishing/Van der Plas, 2010.
This book helps the interested cyclist select the best components and gives technical insights into the way they work. Essential background information for anyone interested in the technical aspects of the modern bike and its development throughout history. Illustrated with over 900 line drawings and photographs with clear explanatory captions.
Knack cycling for everyone : a guide to road, mountain, and commuter biking
Leah Garcia and Jilayne Lovejoy ; photographs by Mark Doolittle.
Guilford, Conn. : Knack, c2010.
Knack Cycling for Everyone is the book for those looking to get introduced, or reintroduced, to today's world of cycling. It is a step-by-step, comprehensive guide that evaluates all bicycles available today, helps you determine the kind of bike that's right for you, and shows you the accessories you do and don't need to ride comfortably. It includes numerous how-to descriptions, replete with informative photos and tips, on all styles of riding - road biking, mountain biking, commuter cycling, and touring.

Safety Tips:

  • When riding alongside parked cars, watch out for opening car doors
  • Use hand signals when stopping or turning
  • Plan your route so that you have few or no left turns to make
  • Avoid sidewalks; cyclists are much safer in the street when following
    the rules of the road
  • Always ride with traffic; never against it
  • Use headlights and taillights when riding at night
  • Wear a helmet at all times
  • Before riding, make sure that the tires have enough air and that the brakes work
The bike to work guide : save gas, go green, get fit
Roni Sarig, with Paul Dorn.
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2009.
Biking to work can save someone loads of money and lots of calories - all the while, the earth, too. But bike-commuting isnat always easy - there are many things a rider needs to know to get to work on time, safely, and happily. Expert bikers Roni Sarig and Paul Dorn teach potential bikers the tips and tricks to traveling to and from work. From buying the right bike, to fueling the body, to road safety, this all-inclusive primer will get bikers on the road in no time. Whether someone is buying a first bike or is a bicycle enthusiast, this book will teach how to: buy the right equipment; pick a route; weather-proof the ride; maintain the bike; follow traffic laws and ride safely; and enjoy the experience! Like a roadmap for the future, this guide teaches bikers how to make a difference in their bodies, wallets, and communities - and get to work - today.

Also, take precautions to protect your bike against theft.  The more deterrents, the more likely a bike will be abandoned for an easier target.  Here are some tips:

  • Park your bike out in the open where many people are passing by
  • If possible, remove your bike seat and take it with you
  • Use two chains, one to chain the wheels together, and one to chain the
    bike to a bike rack or other secure structure.

Is it time for you to join the 500,000 Amercians who commute to work by bicycle?  Most find the rewards are greater than the hassles.  Plus you will be doing something for our planet.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff