Ahhh, the month of May. Longer days, warmer weather, spring flowers and a renewed passion for outdoor activities. Oh, and May is National Bike Month! It’s the perfect time to get outside for one of my favorite things to do—biking in the Finger Lakes.


How to Celebrate National Bike Month

The third week in May is designated as National Bike to Work Week. This year, it’s May 15-19. I have a brand-new bike, and I can’t wait to get back on. Plus, there’s only one true way to celebrate National Bike to Work Week: You bike to work, all week long. I’m doing it and I’d like to invite you to join me. If you weren’t prepared to bike all week, you can participate in National Bike to Work Day, May 19, and I’ll still give you a thumbs-up!

Melissa on her bike

Fun side note: I’ll be documenting my commute during the week with photos and video, so make sure to check out our social channels.

If biking to work will have you feeling more like Jim Halpert than Josh Porter (Not a fan of The Office? No worries, the video below will still make sense.), I still encourage you to get out after work or on the weekends and try an outdoor Finger Lakes activity that will make you sweat.


All Levels of Biking Welcome in the Finger Lakes

Don’t worry—you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy pedaling down one of the many Finger Lakes’ bike trails or lakeside roads, feeling the sun on your face and wind through your helmet hair. In fact, let me say, loudly, I AM IN NO WAY A MASTER RIDER!

Not sure where to start? The incredibly knowledgeable staff at one of our full-service bike shops are here to help. So whether you want to tune your bike for the season, buy a new one or rent one while you’re in town, do yourself a favor and head to Geneva Bicycle Center or RV&E Bike and Skate. My bike came from the latter last summer, and they were so helpful in picking the right one!

Melissa's bike

Memories On Two Wheels

All this talking and thinking about biking the Finger Lakes has reminded me of another goal I set for myself two years ago, when my boyfriend, Andrew (now husband), and I set out to bike around all 11 Finger Lakes. We chose Honeoye as the first lake to conquer, and it was an incredible experience. It wasn’t too hilly, it was serene and it was such a great experience, I even wrote a blog about it! We put that goal on hold while we got engaged and married, but I think now is as good a time as any to get back in the saddle and finish what we started. Look how excited we were after dominating Honeoye, just a couple of kids.

Melissa and Andrew after biking Honeoye Lake

Are you up for a challenge?

You know what? I have another challenge. Do you think you can bike around all 11 Finger Lakes before Andrew and I do? Make sure to post your photos using the hashtags #FLXperience and #BikeFLX and we’ll see. You never know what could happen! Or make sure to sign up if you want more information on biking in the Finger Lakes.

See you on the road!