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Tips on commuting by bike

Google Groups : 43 Folders [Bicycle Commuting to Work]

Excellent thread over on the Google Group about using a bike to commute to work. Some tips that have emerged so far:

  • get the right equipment: helmet, gloves, a rack or panniers, and a good messenger bag that’s durable and water-resistant
  • keep a voice recorder handy to capture ideas on the road
  • if you have a hybrid commute, use the non-bike time to relax, read, or go over your plans for the day
  • in the event of light rain, keep a rain shell crumpled up in an empty water bottle
  • if you don’t have shower access at work, use baby wipes and a gym towel
  • leave your work shoes at the office; they’re too heavy and bulky to tote back and forth
  • rotate your underwear: bring fresh to wear today, and use yesterday’s to ride home (hey, nobody said this would be pretty)
TOPICS: Life Hacks, Tips
Ian Purton's picture

Always have a spare inner...

Always have a spare inner tube, a spanner and two tyre leavers. Make sure you can remove both wheels by trying it out at home.

Invest in some puncture resistant tyres, expect to get at least three or four punctures per year.

Buy some eye protection for the summer months, insect flying into your eyes at twenty miles an hour is no fun.

If you get a bit of clear road on your journey consider sprinting, the increase in heart rate will do wanders for you cardio.

Mudguards, especially on the rear. The black mud streak up your arse and back is not a turn on for the opposite sex.

If you ride in traffic, ride on the outside of cars and not the side nearest the pavement, pedestrians ALWAYS step out before they look.

when you overtake a parked car give it at least another three or four feet as passengers ALWAYS open the doors without looking.

As for a helmet, I've never had a fatal accident whilst wearing mine.

and most importantly, if you see someone on a much more expensive bike than yours it's mandatory that you get past them, no matter how hard catch them up and overtake.




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