•  Meghan McInerney '11

    Meghan McInerney '11

    Make Tracks

    Meghan McInerney ’11 doesn’t have a car, but that doesn’t stop her from exploring the Twin Cities. McInerney is the president of Spokes, Hamline’s cycling club that organizes bike trips, restores old bikes, and encourages commuting by bike. “There’s a great sense of accomplishment in getting around by bike,” she says. “It’s not harmful to the environment, you get to know your city, and you develop a better connection to your neighbors and natural environment.”

    McInerney insists anyone can be a biker. Below, she maps out all you need to get started:

    1. Bike: McInerney found her bike (a Raleigh 10-speed) on Craig's List. She recommends testing out bikes before purchasing and making sure the frame is the right size for your height.
    2. Foam Wrap: Wrapping your handle bars with foam wrap helps to avoid blisters.
    3. Chain: McInerney uses a chain and padlock to lock her bike, as she can wrap it around nearly anything--trees, posts, or bike racks.
    4. Water Bottle Holder: McInerney lost her water bottle mid-ride one day, but recommends taking water even on short trips.
    5. Light: Lights are essential for night-riding. Be sure to pack a front and back light in case you find yourself out in the dark.
    6. Milk Crate: McInerney found a cheap solution to carry her things. She bought this milk crate on Amazon.com and attached it to her bike using zip ties.

    Did you know?

    You can get anywhere in the Twin Cities from Hamline in less than an hour by bike.

    Hamline to...

    Gingko Coffeehouse:

    2 min

    Turf Club:

    5 min

    Grand Avenue:

    15-20 min

    Downtown Saint Paul:

    30 min

    Uptown Minneapolis:

    40 min

    Downtown Minneapolis:

    40 min

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