How to Get Started Biking

For a lot of people, riding a bike through a crowded city—or even on suburban avenues—might feel daunting. Should you get an electric or acoustic bicycle? What gear do you need while you ride? How do you avoid getting hit by the great big gas guzzlers that take up most of the road? These are valid questions, and we’ve got answers. May is national bike month here in the US, and Gadget Lab is ready to get you rolling.


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This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED reviews editor Adrienne So joins us as we cycle through all things bikes: how to start riding more, what to look for in an ebike, and what the best frame color is for your grocery-getter.

Show Notes

Read more about Adrienne’s guide to the best ebikes. Here’s our roundup of our favorite bike accessories.


Adrienne recommends the book A Paradise Built in Hell, by Rebecca Solnit. Mike recommends the Lil Guy hip bag from Road Runner Bags. Lauren recommends Adrienne So’s WIRED story “A Letter to My Fellow Asian Mothers From the Multiverse.”

Adrienne So can be found on Twitter @adriennemso. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar Keys.

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