Introducing Starter Kit, a gear guide for the rest of us

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(Jennifer Luxton / The Seattle Times)

Have you always wanted to be a bike-commuter — but needed a little help when it comes to suiting up and facing Seattle traffic? Have you long dreamed of giving winter sports a try — but were intimidated by all the goggle-clad acolytes clogging the best runs?

Meet Starter Kit, a gear guide for the rest of us. Think of it as a kinder, gentler introduction to the bare essentials you’ll need to take on the Northwest’s most popular sporty hobbies, so you can spend less time agonizing over gear and more time outside. First up: Always wanted to ride your bike to work? It’s easier than you think. Here’s how to start.

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Have an idea for something you’d like to see appear in a future Starter Kit? Let us know in the comments or send us an email at travel@seattletimes.com.

Jennifer Luxton: jluxton@seattletimes.com
Crystal Paul: or cpaul@seattletimes.com. . Crystal Paul is the travel and outdoors reporter at The Seattle Times. She is interested in stories about the people, places and histories that capture the soul of their communities.
Megan Burbank: or mburbank@seattletimes.com.