Bike commuting is awesome – the hardest part is just getting started. Here are a few tips to help you make that first move.
Why should I commute by bike?
We all have our own reasons to commute by bike, from health to cost savings to the environment. Here’s a start:
What kind of bike should I use?
Start with the one you have – any kind of bike can be used for commuting. Depending on the distance and terrain, you may decide on a different type of bike later, or decide to do some simple upgrades to your current bike to make it perfect. Either way, ride for awhile before deciding whether or not to upgrade or get a new bike.
What kind of gear do I need?
How will I carry my stuff?
What should I wear while commuting?
Here are some guidelines based on how far your commute is:
In case of cold or wet weather:
It’s often colder on the bike than it feels when you first step outside. Your own tolerance of the cold will help you determine how warmly to dress. Some basic guidelines:
What about my work clothes?
If you’re not going to ride in your work clothes, you can keep your work clothes looking neat. Options include:
How do I know the best route to take?
How can I make this as safe as possible?
Start off commuting in fair weather and with daylight on both ends to get used to the basics.
Step 1 – get prepared
Step 2 – test the route
Step 3 – the day before
Step 4 – the big day