1) "I'm out of shape."
• Ride at an easy pace; in a few months you will be in great shape
• Ride your route on a weekend to find the easiest way to work
• You will maintain your fitness level when you become a regular bike commuter


2) "It takes too long."
• The average commuter travels at 10 mph; the more you ride, the faster you will get
• Trips of less than three miles will be quicker by bike
• Trips of five to seven miles in urban areas will take the same time or less


3) "It's too far."
• Try riding to work and taking transit home then alternating the next day
• Combine riding and transit to shorten your commute
• Ride to a coworker's house and carpool to work


4) "There's no bicycle parking."
• Look around for a storage area in your building or office
• Stash your bike in a covered, secure place such as a closet or even your office
• Formally request that your employer provide bike parking or lock it up outside


5) "My bike is beat up."
• Tell a reputable bike shop that you are commuting and have them tune up your bike
• If you can't maintain your bike yourself, identify bike shops near your route
• Make sure that your bike is reliable and in good working order before you start riding


6) "There aren't any showers."
• Most commuters don't shower at work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry
• Ride home at a fast pace if you want a workout; shower when you get there
• Health clubs offer showers; get a discounted membership for showers only


7) "I have to dress up."
• Keep multiple sets of clothing at work; rotate them on days you don't drive
• Have work clothes cleaned at nearby laundromats or dry cleaners
• Pack clothes with you and change at work; try rolling clothes instead of folding


8) "It's raining."
• Fenders for your bike and raingear for your body will keep you dry
• If you are at work, take transit or carpool to get home; ride home the next day
• Take transit or drive if you don't have the gear to ride comfortably in the rain


9) "The roads aren't safe."
• Obey traffic signs, ride on the right, signal turns, stop at lights, wear bright clothing
• You are at no greater risk than driving a car
• Wear a helmet every time you ride


10) "I have to run errands."
• Bolt a rack to the back of your bike to add carrying capacity
• Make sure that you have a lock to secure your bike while you are in a building
• Allow yourself extra time to get to scheduled appointments and find parking