You’ve got bike commuting on the brain and you’re ready to commit to a life on the road. Here are six tips to get you started.
Get a Game Plan
You want to make your transportation is as stress-free as possible, so do your homework. Plan your schedule and map out how long it takes to ride to work and back and to other locations you frequent during the week. Pack the night before and make sure your bike is in tiptop condition. As you start commuting, you’ll learn to tweak your routine till it’s just right.
Your Bike is Your Buddy
You two will be spending a lot of time together so you better choose the right fit- preferably one that is efficient, fast and ready for the elements. A road bike is a light and quick choice- talk to your local bike dealer for recommendations.
Check it out
Every weekend take some alone time with your baby to make sure there will be no disastrous surprises the following week.
- Tire pressure
- Tire wear
- Chain for rust, stiffness
- Tightness of quick release
- Clean the bike regularly
Preparation is Key
You never know when a tire is going to blow, so make sure to invest in some tools and a saddle bag to keep with you on the road at all times- you will be happy you did. Lights are crucial for night riding as well.
One Word: Hygiene
Don’t get pegged as the stinky kid at the office. If you are commuting to work via bike or anywhere for that matter, get a routine going to stay so fresh and so clean. Check out your local drug store for mini-deodorants, wipes, soaps, wipes, shampoo/conditioner…did I mention wipes? Leave them at the office in your desk with work clothes so you don’t have to carry extra bulk when you roll out.
Don’t Be a Wet Blanket
Don’t let soggy conditions deter your daily commute! There are plenty of options that allow bikers to peddle on- even in miserable downpours. Clear or yellow-lensed glasses are a must. Opt for a waterproof vest or jacket with a dropped skirt in the back and keep feet warm with neoprene booties.