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Taking a Different Way to Work

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida--

It's National Bike Month so WCTV took a look at what it takes to bike to work. Commuting on a bike can be life changing and save you money along the way.

While many people in the morning are rushing to work putting the pedal to the metal.. this guy puts his sole to the pedal -- something he's done now for three years.

"I lost 60 pounds in the first few months of bicycling without even trying," said cycling enthusiast Don Lawler.

Don Lawler rides an hour to work everyday, up and down the hills of Capital Circle. He's even been hit by a car, but he said it won't stop him.

Lawler said, "My wife will tell you, the first words out of my mouth when she walked into the ER door was 'I'm not giving up biking!.'"

It's like day and night, Lawyer heads in to shower at work as a cyclist, and emerges as a working man ... slipping on his work shoes at his desk.

With gas prices up, local bike shops are also seeing an increase in customers.

Mike Hernandez works at Higher Ground Bike Shop. He said, "People are bringing out their older bikes.. getting them fixed up, and I do see a handful of people coming in getting new bikes"

"You know people say things about leaving this at the office, and having that time of separation ... when you combine it with exercise ... it's awesome," said Lawler.

Not only has Lawler lost weight, he's gained control of his diabetes. Three years ago when Lawler got into cycling, he was quoted saying...

"That I would never wear spandex!."

Now, though, he's training to ride more than 400 miles in England, spandex and all.

National Bike to Work Day is coming up on Friday, May 20th and cycling enthusiasts hope to see more people sharing the road on their morning commute.


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