Welcome current and future bike to work friends! If you’re here, you’re probably familiar with urban cycling and are strongly considering making your bike a primary form of transportation! This can be an overwhelming undertaking, and The Smart Cyclist is here to make that process less daunting!
Find all the posts you need to feel prepared and ready to begin a bike commute to work, all in one place! In addition, I have included some very helpful resources I have used over the years in my own bike to work journey that you may find helpful as well! Enjoy!
There are so many great reasons for biking to work! Health benefits, environmental benefits, financial benefits – the list goes on and on. Every person comes to bike commuting for a different reason. For me, it was trying to find the fastest, most efficient means of transportation for a busy work schedule. For you, it could be a myriad of reasons, but the bottom line is – whatever the reason – you’ll definitely find benefit. But before you reap these benefits, there a few things you should know/consider before you start your bike commuting journey.
If you’re looking for more reasons to begin your bike commuting journey, check out 8 Reasons Why You Should Definitely NOT Ride Your Bike to Work. Yes, the title is tongue-in-cheek but it’s really meant to convince all you new bike commuters to get started! I love it because it gives great perspectives on things you should be prepared for on your bike commuting journey, and presents solutions for overcoming challenges.
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There are SO MANY posts out there that detail what you should be looking for in your commuter bike. They all have their pros and cons, but you should read mine because it is simply more straightforward and doesn’t try to sell you anything! Ask yourself the 3 questions outlined in the post, and you’ll pick the right commuting bike for your needs. Guaranteed!
In the beginning of my bike commuting journey, after scouring the internet for hours on end, I used this long-form post by Bike Exchange called Guide to Buying a Commuter Bike to help me choose the right bike for me. It goes into every detail you can imagine for choosing a commuting bike. It provides excellent graphics, explains the different styles of commuter bikes, and so much more. However, it is a lot of information to take in at once, so feel free to use it as a reference!
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In my opinion, you need only 5 bike accessories for bike commuting success. Don’t break the bank on a variety of additions and features that you may or may not end up using. There will be plenty of time to get that stylish pannier pack or fancy bicycle bell!
If there is one accessory you should get right away (other than your helmet), it is the bicycle lock. Choosing your helmet is easy – it is simply a matter of style and preference. But choosing a bike lock can be a bit confusing.
How To Choose a Bike Lock (click to enlarge). I used this excellent infographic to help me choose a lock in the beginning; I hope it helps you find the perfect bike lock too!
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I think knowing how to plan your bike commute properly is as important as getting the right bike. I had to learn the hard way that biking to work involves more than just inputting my destination into google maps.
Since such little information existed on this topic when I first started bike commuting, I decided to write my own resource guide! Read Planning the Route for Your Bike Commute for tips and resources that will get you to work safely. Planning your bike route and scoping it out will only help you feel more confident and prepared for when you first hit the road.
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This is likely one of the most pressing questions related to starting a new bike commute, and for good reason because no one wants to arrive at work a hot, sweaty mess!
Read my post for 3 criteria you can use for choosing clothing that simplifies your bike commute. No changing clothes. No bringing extra clothes to work. Not even a mention of showering at work!
Furthermore, the tips are straightforward and applicable to many clothes you probably already have in your closet!