How to Commute to Work by Bicycle – Tips for leaving the car behind and riding to work
Here’s some tips for a successful commute…
There are several items that are essential for commuting and you don’t want to leave home without them:
Bike – Duh. Any bike will do, but have a professional mechanic take a look at it first to make sure it’s in good working order. Any of our local bike shops can help you out.
Lights – Front and rear so you will be visible while on the road. You can choose battery operated or rechargeable. Just make sure they are bright and on your bike.
Lock – You’ve got to protect your assets. Make sure you have a good lock. We suggest a U-lock style over the very easy to cut cable lock.
Bag – Just a backpack will do for most short trips but depending on what you need to bring you might consider a rack and panniers. These specialized bags feature waterproof fabrics, easy grab and go flexibility and they mount to your bike instead you.
Clothes – You need to be comfortable while riding so be sure to have plenty of layers so you won’t get too hot or too cold. You can also invest in cycling shorts with padding, items with reflective thread and other features and a nice rain coat in case the weather turns on you.
Now that you have all your gear you might want to do some preparation so your commute goes smoothly.
Make sure your bike is in good working order. Check to make sure everything is working as it should. If you’re not sure, take it to a local bike shop for a tune up. These normally only cost $50 and they are well worth it. It’s also good to know how to do basic maintenance on your own, like change a flat tire, so look online or ask someone who knows to teach you so you’ll be prepared.
Know how to ride safely and legally. Whether you have been riding for decades or just started it is important to know how to ride on the road so you are safe and courteous to those around you. Group rides are a good way to learn the proper etiquette for riders. You should also check your local laws to determine expectations for you and drivers.
The last thing you need to commute by bicycle is will power.
We’re not gonna lie, some days it’s tempting to sleep in and drive but when you get up, get your gear and start pushing those gears, you’ll be glad you did.