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Spare the air day = spare your lungs

Die hard bike commuters can justify riding in most conditions.

Too cold? Bust out the balaclava and toe warmers. Too hot? Leave earlier in the morning to beat the heat. Rainy? Buy some good rain pants and a jacket. Windy? Put your head down and grind it out. Tornadoes? Ok, there's a limit to this...
This is especially true in the San Francisco Bay Area given our normally mild weather. But what about when the air goes bad? By "bad" I mean air pollution rising to the unhealthy levels for days on end. Currently we are faced with that exact situation. A devastating wildfire in Butte county to our northwest has sent a blanket of smoke particles our way, elevating PM2.5 (nasty small particle pollution that can get into your bloodstream) to levels we rarely see. The air is thick, hazy, exceedingly dry and casting a post-apocalyptic pall over the whole region.
What is a cyclist to do? We are a susceptible group: exercising outside is part and parcel to bike commuting. If your c…

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