Bicycle Commuting Tips Bicycle Commuting Tips
Bicycle commuting is a sure and fast way to save on the pocket book and on the environment, not to mention it's a great way to get and stay in shape. Although commuting by bicycle may sound simple, you will do well to be aware of certain factors that could make your commute more trouble free and pleasant.
Choosing the Right Bike
Not just any bicycle will do for commuting, particularly if you will be riding on asphalt roads. If this is the case, a touring bike, road bike, or fixed-gear bike will work better for you. These bikes are better suited for commuting because of their long wheelbase and because their tires are larger. Both of these features will provide you with greater comfort in your commute. Of course, if you are considering a combination of a vehicle-bicycle commute, then a folding bicycle might be your best choice. Comfort is the main factor in bicycle commuting. If you’re not comfortable it could result in an injury to yourself, or you could become dissatisfied with your commute.
It would be unusual for you to commute without having to carry something with you, such as tools, briefcase, laptop, etc. It’s important that you decide how you want to carry these items. You could use a backpack, which simplifies getting off and on your bike and locking it. If you are commuting for a distance of say more than 30 miles, or over steep terrain, then the backpack may be cumbersome. A basket or a rack might then prove to be more convenient.
Planning Where to Park
Although your workplace may have plenty of space for parking vehicles, before you begin your bicycle commute, be sure to check whether your work place also has bicycle parking. Will you be able to bring your bicycle into the workplace building? If your community permits, you can attach your bike to a street sign or post. However you choose to park your bike, make sure it is in a secure and well lighted location.
Purchasing a Lock
The more risk in the area where you will be leaving your bike, the more heavy duty you will want your lock and chain to be. When purchasing a lock for your bike, choose one that will be the greatest deterrent to theft. Keep in mind that a thief with tools can easily cut off some lighter weight locks and chains.
Considering Your Route
Although you may be familiar with your usual route, commuting on a bike will be different from walking, riding the bus, or driving a car. When considering the route you'll take on your bicycle commute, think about which streets or routes will be safer for bicyclists, and which will have fewer hindrances and delays. And, keep in mind that you should ride on a roadway, not on a sidewalk. Sidewalks can be an obstacle course and are often less safe than the roadway. Another thing to remember is that, as a cyclist, you have as much right of way on the road as do the motorists who use that same road.