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Ten Tips for Bike Commuting

Ten Tips for Bike Commuting

It's that wonderful time of the year when the sun shines, temperatures rise, and people trade their cars for bicycles. More cyclists on the road means less traffic, reduced carbon emissions, healthier communities, and a boost for local bike shops. If you're new to cycling, don't worry—here are some tips to ensure your ride is fun, practical, and safe:

  1. Dress appropriately: Choose bike-friendly clothing, avoiding loose pants that can get caught in the chain. Opt for breathable materials and, if it tends to rain, carry a lightweight rain jacket and an extra shirt for sweatier rides.

  2. Freshen up: If you're biking to work without access to a shower, bring sport wipes or use paper towels for a quick freshen-up before starting your day.

  3. Fenders for rainy climates: If you live in a rainy area like the Pacific Northwest, consider adding fenders to your bike to prevent mud splatters. Look for options that attach to your fork, steerer tube, or seatpost.

  4. Plan your route: Explore different routes using Google Maps' bike route feature or seek advice from local cycling clubs. Experiment with less-traveled roads for a more enjoyable experience.

  5. Ensure visibility: As daylight increases, it's still essential to have lights and reflective gear. Use front and rear blinking lights on your bike, assume drivers can't see you, and ride defensively.

  6. Carry basic tools: Be prepared for mechanical issues by carrying a spare tube, pump or CO2 canister, tire levers, and a multi-tool. Familiarize yourself with using these tools.

  7. Consider clipless pedals: If you're covering longer distances, consider switching to clipless pedals for improved power transfer and efficiency. They may take some getting used to but offer benefits.

  8. Waterproof backpack: Invest in a waterproof backpack or panniers for commuting. Brands like Camelback are a great choice.

  9. Get creative with cargo: Use milk crates or buckets as inexpensive panniers for additional storage. Drill holes in buckets to allow rainwater to drain out.

  10. Enjoy the workout: Embrace the exercise benefits of cycling. It's a fun way to stay fit and lose weight. Commuting by bike can replace the need for a gym membership.

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Let's celebrate Bike Everywhere Month with safe and enjoyable cycling!

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