So, you’re thinking about riding to work…
You’d love to whizz past the traffic and people waiting at the bus stop, happy in the knowledge there’s nothing slowing you down on your way to work. Or perhaps you’re keen to get fit without spending hours at the gym each week.
There are so many benefits to riding to work, even if it’s just a few times a week…
But before you get on your bike and start pedalling to work, it’s important to stop and get prepared. This article lists 8 things to consider before you ride to work.
Level of fitness:
The health benefits of cycling are well known and it may be the main reason you’re interested in riding to work. Cycling suits any level of fitness, and it’s important to know your limits when first starting out. You don’t want to go too hard too soon and end up hurting yourself.
Cycling is pretty simple, the necessities are a bike and a helmet. But there is more to consider to remain safe while cycling, such as:
- A bike that is set-up for your body size is ideal
- Bicycle lock
- Correctly fitting helmet, it’s illegal to ride without one
- Front and rear lights for riding at night
- Well maintained brakes and chain
- Spare tube & well-equipped tool bag
- Comfortable seat
- Panniers to carry things if needed, but a backpack is fine
Plan your ride:
The aim here is to avoid heavy, fast traffic and narrow roads and to work out which route suits your level of fitness and time constraints. You can access bikeway and ride information from your local council and online. Ask other cyclists for route information and consider taking a test ride on the weekend. If you live further away from work, consider driving part of the way and riding from a distance that you’re comfortable with.
This is the number one consideration when cycling. Here are some tips to protect yourself when riding to work:
- Remain alert
- Wear a helmet
- Dress to be seen, fluorescent colours are great
- Be prepared for the weather
- Use rearview mirrors
- Avoid fast or heavy traffic areas and narrow roads
- Ride with traffic, never against it
- Follow the road rules
- Use signals
- Don’t be in a rush
What to wear:
You can ride in work clothes, change at work or use end-of-trip facilities, such as city2cycle in the heart of Brisbane. Unrestrictive, light, and comfortable clothing are ideal and bright colours for maximum visibility are wise.
How to carry your stuff:
For light loads, a backpack or bike basket is fine, but for heavier items panniers (bags secured to the sides of bikes) are perfect
Where to store your bike:
Depending on your situation, there are a few options for the safe storage of your bike at your place of work or nearby. These include:
- Inside the office, ask the boss first
- Lock your bike on the street. This is not ideal because of the possibility of theft, not only of your bike but of the accessories attached to it. A good bike lock is important.
- End of trip cycling facilities where for a fee you not only can store your bike but can have a shower, store shoes and clothes in a locker and even get your bike serviced while you’re at work.
- Bike storage parking where you rent a space to store your bicycle safely undercover.
Looking fresh for the office:
Sweat patches and helmet hair are not a good look at work, but these things are easily avoided by a bit of planning. Here a few tips to look your best after a ride to work:
- Become a member of an end of trip cycling facility near work like cycle2city in Brisbane. Where you can safely store your bike and then spruce up for work using their showers, towels, lockers and even blow dryers.
- Pack a comb and gel or dry shampoo to easily remove the helmet hair look
- Freshen up using face or body wipes, they remove dirt and sweat in a flash.
- Avoid wearing makeup on your ride and apply when you arrive at work
- Avoid using a backpack as this often ends in a sweaty back
There are so many benefits of cycling to work, and by considering these 8 things before you get on your bike your commute will be all the better.
If you’re wondering about bike storage options in Brisbane, contact the team at cycle2city, we have wonderful facilities right in the heart of Brisbane in King George Square. Get in touch or GRAB A FREE 7 DAY TRIAL.