What is the best way to start commuting by bike?
Thinking about swapping your car or public transport for a bike? Here are some useful tips to help.
Tired of the daily grind of traffic jams and crowded trains? Ready to make a change that’s not only good for you but also for the planet? It’s time to consider the exciting world of bike commuting! In this blog post, we’ll show you the best way to get started, covering essential factors like your route, bike choice, safety, and convenience. Say goodbye to traffic woes and hello to a greener, healthier way of getting to work!
Before embarking on your bike commuting journey, you need to assess the type of surfaces you’ll be riding on. Different bike tyres are better suited to different surfaces. If you’ll be primarily cycling on smooth, paved roads and bike lanes, a standard road tyre may be the best choice. For those who expect to encounter rougher terrain or off-road sections, wider or more rugged tyres may be more suitable. The M2 features hardwearing Schwalbe Marathon tyres to give as much flexibility as possible.
Consider the Distance
The distance of your daily commute is a significant factor when choosing your commuting bike and planning your route. If your commute is relatively short (e.g., 1-3 miles), a traditional bike should suffice. However, if your journey is longer or hilly, you might consider an electric bike to make the ride more manageable.
Seek Out Cycle Lanes and Bike-Friendly Routes
One of the key perks of cycling is the ability to use dedicated cycle lanes and bike-friendly routes. Check your local area for available cycle lanes or bike paths that can make your commute safer and more enjoyable. Utilising these dedicated spaces can also help you avoid traffic congestion and reduce the risk of accidents. It can be worth cycling a little further if it means more time on a cycle lane. Cycle.Travel has a great journey planning tool that picks a cycle friendly route from your chosen start and end point. It also tells you how much of your ride is different surface types.
Secure Bike Parking
Once you arrive at your destination, you’ll need a secure place to lock up your bike. Many cities have bike racks or designated bike parking areas, but if not, consider investing in a good quality lock and look for sturdy fixtures to secure your bike. Better yet, a fold up bike allows you to take your bike with you to your desk or meeting.
Visibility is Key
Staying visible to other road users is of paramount importance when cycling, especially during early morning or evening commutes. Equip your bike with front and rear lights (built in on the M2 – just saying), reflectors, and brightly coloured clothing. Additionally, using hand signals to indicate turns and maintaining a predictable riding pattern will help drivers understand your intentions.
Carrying Your Belongings
To make your bike commuting experience more convenient, you’ll need a way to carry your belongings. Options include pannier bags or a backpack designed for cycling. Choose a solution that suits your needs, taking into account the amount and type of items you’ll need to transport. Mous offers a variety of different phone mounts and now a range of laptop backpacks and pouches that keeps your belonging super safe.
Starting your bike commuting journey can be an exciting and rewarding experience. By addressing these key factors, you can enjoy the many benefits of bike commuting, from reducing your environmental impact to improving your overall health and well-being. So, saddle up, follow these guidelines, and pedal your way to a greener and healthier lifestyle.