Keeping your bike clean is the equivalent to “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
"An inexpensive bike light and reflective vest have helped me feel a lot more comfortable and safe sharing the roads with cars."
Say you're participating in the Bicycle Commute Challenge, and one morning you bike from your house in the valley to your workplace downtown. It's so sunny and beautiful outside, that you somehow forget to bring your rain gear, even though you're a resident of Juneau, Alaska. Of course, this means that by the time you get off work in the afternoon, it's raining and hailing at the same time with 30-knot winds. Riding in the rain is not an appealing option without the proper gear, so what can you do?
When I first moved to Juneau, everyone was quick to give advice on surviving the weather. Suggestions ranged from planning a trip someplace warm to taking up knitting. But by far the best advice came from the woman who signed me up for electric service at AEL&P. As she filled out my paperwork, she gave …