City BikerYou’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.cycling-repair-kit

  • Tire pres­sure
  • Tire wear
  • Brakes
  • 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.

Cred­it: DC Footwear

Hap­py Fri­day, Clym­bers. Today’s col­lec­tions fea­ture sum­mer-style items from two action-sports-inspired brands. Start your week­end off right with DC skate shoes and flip flops and a pair of shades from Anar­chy Eye­wear. Speak­ing of start­ing your week­end off right, did you hap­pen to ride your bike into work today? If so, be sure to read the IN OTHER NEWS blurb at the bot­tom of this post to find out how you can win some Clymb credit.

Fresh on the menu today:

DC Footwear: Found­ed in 1993, DC quick­ly estab­lished itself as a lead­ing cre­ator of per­for­mance skate shoes. It has since evolved into a glob­al action sports brand. High­lights in today’s col­lec­tion include the Sea­glass flip flop and skate shoes inspired by skate leg­end and DC pro rid­er Chris Cole. Click through now for mem­ber-exclu­sive pric­ing on Men’s and Wom­en’s DC footwear.

Anar­chy Eye­wear: In 1968, when Mick Jag­ger said, “Anar­chy is the only slight glim­mer of hope,” he was refer­ring to free­dom with­out gov­ern­ment, not total chaos. Draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from action sports cul­ture, Anar­chy Eye­wear cel­e­brates free­dom with­out con­straints on indi­vid­u­al­i­ty. Express your­self with­out strain­ing your wal­let with Anar­chy Eye­wear, avail­able now for mem­ber-exclu­sive pricing.

There’s Still Time! Don’t Miss: KEEN Men’s Footwear, KEEN Wom­en’s Bags & Wal­lets, KEEN socks, KEEN Wom­en’s and Kids’ Footwear, Orca, Head for the HillsWom­en’s Essen­tials, & Sum­mer Run­ning, & Teko socks. 

IN OTHER NEWS: 

Bike to Work Day: Did you know? Hap­py Nation­al Bike to Work Day, Clym­bers. A lot of folks behind the scenes here at Clymb HQ com­mute to work on their bicy­cles every day. But today we tried to get as many employ­ees as pos­si­ble to ped­al in. Check our blog this after­noon to see how close to 100% we got! Did your office par­tic­i­pate in Nation­al Bike to Work Day today? We’d love to see it. Stop by our Face­book page for info on earn­ing Clymb cred­it with your photo.