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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
Adrian Trenholm's picture

In the UK it was,...

In the UK it was, and for all I know may still be, illegal to have a flashing LED attached to the bike (although I don't know of anyone who got arrested for it). The combination I go with is constant lights on the bike and flashing LEDs on helmet and bag. Reflective clothing, expecially on the moving parts - ie ankle bands - are good too.

On carrying clothes: when I was a cycle commuter, I would, once a fortnight or so, travel by train and take in a suit bag of heavier items - shoes, suit jackets etc. As much as possible I avoided taking that stuff home, but instead just took it for dry cleaning near my office. Shirts I would do in batches at weekends - iron and fold five on Sunday, bring them in one Monday, break out a clean one each day.

On riding generally, I wrote ten tips for safer cycling and Mike Little and Mark Lloyd added good stuff too.

Also - do any bike riding GTD bloggers want to go riding with Jason Womack in London on 1 october?




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