Daily Commuting Tips
There’s been a massive increase in the number of people cycling to work in the UK over the past decade. The benefits of cycling into work rather than driving or using public transport are huge, the most obvious being the cost-saving and health benefits.
If you’re planning to be commuting to work every day, then you need a reliable and road worthy bike that you can use through all weathers that needs minimal maintenance. Mudguards are a good option , and they’ll keep the muck from your drivetrain, and from your backside on a wet day. Wide tyres will spread the load and offer better grip in the wet as well as adding a little bit more comfort, but then again that all depends on budget and what you are after.
Cycling to work rather than driving or taking the bus or train will inevitably mean finding also finding a bike friendly route. It would really not be the most sensible idea to be cycling on the standard busy A class roads. Researching the route is really important and before actually starting to commute by bike, its best to do a dummy run.
Security of your bike is imperative. No bike lock is unbreakable, but having a good quality one is a must. Ideally, using one lock on the frame, and a cable lock for your wheels is the best option. Where you leave your bike is important too: if your work has secure bike locking, that’s ideal. If not, aim for somewhere with CCTV nearby.
A bag of some sort is going to be essential, a backpack is the most obvious choice: it’s easy to swing over your shoulder and requires no fixtures or fittings. It’s a good start, but if you are planning to make cycle commuting permanent, then its wise to invest in panniers and bags to go along with them.
Lights are also really important, it’s a legal requirement that you have a red rear light and white front light after dusk and before dawn. Regardless of the legalities, it’s a good idea to use them at all times. Check your lights are charged in advance and maybe even carry a cheap extra set just in case of any issues.
It’s a good idea to keep a pair of shoes and a change of clothes at work if you can, this lowers the weight in your luggage too. It wouldn’t be great if you forgot your shoes or clothes and had to sit around in your cycling gear all day at work now would it, much as your colleagues would probably find it funny.The most important thing though is that you are happy, health and enjoying commuting to work as overall this will increase your productivity within the workplace and generally make you feel better due to the exercise and fresh air.