Find Out if the Road to Happiness Has a Bike Lane

REI Kicks Off the 2009 Bicycling Season

Apr 7, 2009

Outdoor gear and apparel retailer, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), invites riders of all skill levels to join the self-propelled revolution. Whether riding your bike for short errands or for hundreds of miles, REI has the bicycles, accessories, tools, and certified bike experts ready to assist and inspire people to choose bicycles over their cars.

With more than 100 stores across the country, REI inspires and educates people to check their bicycles for comfort and safety before riding. The co-op offers free entry-level bicycle maintenance classes that teach the basics you need to know to get out on the road, including a hands-on demonstration of how to fix a flat tire, and advice on cleaning and lubing your chain.

Many REI stores offer REI Outdoor School, an educational program that teaches entry-level day-long outdoor excursions. Bicycling classes focus on “how to ride a bike” and introductory classes for road cycling, commuting and mountain biking. To view available bike shops and events visit and click on “store locator.” For Outdoor School classes in your area, visit

Additionally, the co-op offers a variety of bicycle brands in stores and online, including REI’s award-winning Novara house-brand. With a new bicycle and apparel line for spring, REI offers something for everyone.

May is bike to work month! REI can help get riders ready with REI’s “Bike Your Drive” , an online resource created to inspire more people to cycle by debunking myths and breaking down common barriers associated with using a bicycle as an alternate means of transportation around town.

The frequently updated site offers helpful “how-to” video demonstrations, a calculator to show environmental, caloric and financial “savings,” and recommended cycling gear essentials. REI’s online expert advice and other tools assist riders of all skill levels in understanding proper safety procedures, bike maintenance and the rules of the road.

With this online tool, aspiring cyclists can input mileage to calculate the calories burned, carbon emissions reduced and money saved by riding a bicycle instead of driving. For example, a rider that completes 50 miles per week burns 2,350 calories, saves $11 in gas, and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 48 pounds, simply by not using a gas-powered car. In one year, riding 50 miles per week burns 122,200 calories, saves $572 in gas and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 2,496 pounds.

Through its giving program, REI supports national and local non-profits that promote getting people active and outdoors. In the past two years alone, REI has donated more than $1 million in grant funding to organizations that promote cycling. Examples of grantees include Bikes Belong Foundation, Adventure Cycle Association, the International Mountain Bicycling Association and local cycling clubs from Los Angeles to Boston that promote safety, access and stewardship.

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of 23 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 184 locations in 42 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.