As Easy As Riding a Bike (to Work)

It’s national bike month, which means if you have the means, it’s a good opportunity to gear up (see what we did there) and ride your bike to work instead of driving. But if you’re not a regular cyclist, the whole idea can be a bit daunting; so “Bikes” Calore talks you through the essentials and tells you what you really need to get started, from helmets to bike locks to pants that have some give in the areas that matter. And if you’re looking for more high-tech options, we’ve got suggestions for you there, too, like a bike helmet you can control with your Apple Watch, the best portable Bluetooth speaker for your bike, and important things to consider when you’re considering wearables.


Some notes: You can find Mike’s full Bike Commuter Buying Guide here, which lists 14 essentials that will improve your ride.

Recommendations this week: In keeping with the biking theme, Mike recommends these elastic shoelaces; Arielle recommends the book “Private Citizens” which she is currently racing home on her bike to read (it’s that good); and Lauren’s recommendation this week is a low-tech one: try ditching your phone at dinner time, if you’re the kind of person who usually has it stuck on the table like it’s a necessary utensil. You’d be amazed at how much more fun dining with friends can be.

Send the hosts feedback on their personal Twitter feeds. Arielle Pardes is @pardesoteric, Lauren Goode is @laurengoode, and Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme song is by Solar Keys.

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