– Choose a bike that’s safe and comfortable.
– Carry a spare tube, tire levers, pump and a simple bike tool in a saddle bag. Learn how to change a tire ahead of time. Take a basic bike maintenance class to learn more.
– Get a pannier to haul your gear. A backpack will leave you with a sweaty and sore back!
– Do the ABC Quick Check- Air: tire pressure at correct PSI. Brakes: functioning properly. Chain: clean, no kinks and lubed up. Quick release on wheel is closed.
– Clean your bike regularly. Take it in for a tune up once in a while.
– Wear comfortable clothing. Waterproof and breathable fabrics keep you comfortable and dry.
– Be prepared for rain/snow. Packing the appropriate jacket is a must.
– Pack the night before you ride. It will be less stressful in the morning.
– Spandex isn’t necessary as long as you keep your pants out of your chain. Use a leg band.
– Wear a helmet and eye protection. Attach a rear view mirror for added visibility.
– No headphones!
– Wear bright colors and reflective material. You want to be as visible as possible.
– Get a headlight for your helmet or handlebars. Rear red flashers are also a good idea.
– Be cautious at night when approaching puddles, piles of leaves, etc.
– Know the laws about bike riding and read the traffic code. Follow the laws that the cars do.
– Make eye contact with drivers so they know your intentions.
– Ride as if you are invisible and think ahead.
– Be courteous to drivers to encourage good behavior for motorists.
– Choose your route carefully – even if it means biking an extra mile or two. A longer route may be a more pleasant one.
– Test your route out on the weekends to learn the time it takes to get there.
– Build commuting into your exercise routine. Take it easy going to work. Put in the effort on the way home and change your route up.
– Check the weather nightly.
– Don’t be afraid to take the day off and drive or take the bus if it’s too nasty out.
– Store hygienic necessities at the office – Keep an extra of everything you need to clean up from your commute. Baby wipes are magic for a quick clean.
– Leave your work shoes at the office and keep a spare set of clothes there too.