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If commuting drives you to distraction, put your mettle to the pedal and bicycle one day a week, says David Howard, executive editor of Bicycling magazine.

Howard says the average American drives 29 miles daily. Replacing your car with a bike one day per week burns enough calories to lose 19 pounds per year while you save money.

The gas money you save can justify forking over $1,000 or so for a top-quality bike. "When you spend a little more money, the quality goes up drastically," says Howard. "The bikes are lighter and the riding experience is much more pleasant." You'll also need a helmet and some padded shorts, each one running around $50.


 

 

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