So you’ve seen them riding to work, and you want desperately to be one: the content cyclists, cruising past traffic and happily getting to work on time and getting fit at the same time.
They’re not at the mercy of the bus that may or may not show up, or stuck in time zapping traffic. They know when they cycle to work it takes the exact same time each day.
But before you get on your bike and join them, here’s a few key points that will make your first ride to work all the better:
Commute to work safely:
Safety is a major concern when cycling to work, but there are plenty of things you can do to make it safer for yourself, these include:
- Stay alert
- Know the cycling road rules for your state
- Avoid busy roads
- Take the bike path if possible, even if it’s a little longer
- Take your time
- Wear bright, highly visible clothing
- Make eye contact with drivers and pedestrians
- Be aware of vehicle blind spots
- Maintain a roadworthy bike
Don’t go too hard too soon:
For a short ride, you could ride to and from work straight up. But as with anything, it’s a good idea to start out slow when riding to work for the first time….
Totally wasting yourself on your first day will only put you off ever riding again, and you’ll likely be unable to move properly for the next few days.
For longer commutes of 45 – 60 minutes, think about riding one way for the first day and building up your rides as you become fitter. Another option is to drive some of the way, park, and cycle the rest, making the ride more doable.
Wear bike pants:
You’ve seen them, those baggy bottomed pants cyclist wear…
Consider getting some!
There are plenty of stylish options out there and they’ll really make your ride much more comfortable.
Do a test ride:
Getting to know the route you’ll take to work ahead of the big day, will remove the fear of the unknown and provide confidence.
If you don’t have the option to store your bike in your office or building, you can also test out where you’ll park your bike. Or you could look into ‘end of trip’ bike facilities like those offered by cycle2city in Brisbane. These facilities can make your ride absolutely hassle-free.
Now you’re equipped with a little more knowledge to make your first ride to work a pleasure. For a deeper look at preparing to ride to work, check out our recent blog.