(Editor’s note: all opinions contained herein are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder B-cycle as a whole.)
(Editor’s note two: the ‘editor’ referenced herein is also the author of this blog post. We’re a very small company.)
While summer is the time of year that most people associate with outdoor recreation—cycling included—not all of us here at Boulder B-cycle love summer biking the most. I’d like to make the case that fall biking is way, way better. In fact, I’m going to go one step further and make this the hottest of hot takes: Fall is far and away the best season for biking. Let me break it down for you:
1. The weather
While Colorado is fortunate to be free from the moist, sticky grip of the stifling humidity that plagues, well, most of the rest of the world, there’s no denying that summer here is still hot. So hot, in fact, that for a few months out of the year, most of us don’t even feel like ourselves because we can’t wear the Official Colorado Uniform: the flannel shirt.
AKA 35% of my personality
So, when you do choose to get out there bike around in the summer heat, even clad in some clearly inferior breathable item, along comes a little pal known as sweat.
Not this one, unfortunately.
And I get it: not everyone is a perpetually damp perspiration monster like I am. Especially with the cooling effect of the Boulder Creek, a summer spin around town can be quite refreshing. But think about it this way: what do we love most about fall? We love coming in from a crisp evening to hot drinks and fireplaces. Fall biking warms you in exactly the same way that these familiar comforts do.
What I’m saying is that biking is the pumpkin spice latte of fall recreation.
2. The apparel
Undeniably, summer cycling attire has its utility and even its acolytes, but given the choice of year-round fashion icon, not all of us would choose Dennis Christopher in Breaking Away.
I just don't have the arms for it.
Fall cycling gives us the opportunity to don a universally flattering and always iconic piece of outerwear—the jacket. I’m talking bombers, boleros, harringtons, windbreakers, even nehru jackets if that’s your jam. Once October hits, you too can join the leagues of Cool Jacket People and bike around town looking like The Fonz, Beatrix Kiddo, Michael Jackson, or, if you want to take your accessory game to the next level and add gloves to the mix, Ryan Gosling in Drive.
A real human being, and a real hero.
3. The scenery
Fall hits every sense in a way that no other season does: it’s unmatched for variety of color, smell, sound, and (probably) taste, for those of you brave enough to chow down on the Colonel’s Original Recipe Extra Crispy Foliage.
Tastes like harvest.
The Boulder Creek Path may provide a cool respite from the summer heat, but let’s face it: fall is a superior season for Creek Path recreation. There’s something uniquely magical about whizzing through falling leaves that I can’t quite put my finger on.
Wait—there it is.
4. The festivities
Fall is just lousy with awesome stuff that you can bike to without breaking a sweat—hayrides, trick-or-treating, football games, pumpkin patches, haunted houses, orchards, and just about everything else that fattens you up for the long winter.
But you’re not worried about that, because you’re working off those calories by bike. Smart!
Plus, it’s rare to be able to ride around on a bike in costume without getting funny looks.
Well, it would be rare if we lived in a normal city. But you get the idea. Source.
5. Discounted B-cycle passes!
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Right now, you can sign up and get $11 off a Republic Rider (Annual) pass—normally $88. Use the code FALLBIKE to take advantage of this offer. And don’t tell me you don’t need a B-cycle because you own a bike—that’s no excuse!
What are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy a chill in the air, leaves in your hair, and no sweat in your underwear!