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They say you never forget how to ride a bike -- but here are some cycling tips you may not have learned the first time around.
You Will Need
- Front and rear lights
- Safety vest
- Air pump
- Patch kit or extra tube
- Backpack or basket
- Clothes to ride in
- Knowledge of traffic laws
- Storage space
- Washcloth or baby wipes
- Cologne or perfume
- Poncho or rain suit (optional)
- Public transit (optional)
Get the right bike
Get a road bicycle that fits you properly. When seated you should be able to comfortably reach the handlebars, and your knee should have a 30 degree bend when the pedal is at its lowest position.
Get the gear
Get a helmet and other safety equipment including front and rear lights, and a reflective safety vest for riding at night.
Stock a backpack for the commute with necessities like a bike lock, air pump, and a patch kit or extra tube. Make sure to save room for your work clothes. For any additional cargo, put a basket on your bike.
Wear proper attire
Wear the right attire for the ride. This isn't the Tour de France, so spandex and cleats aren't necessary. Wear comfortable clothes that breathe and won't restrict movement. Depending on the weather, you may only need to change shirts.
Learn to ride in traffic
Get comfortable with riding on the road by reading up on traffic laws. Then, start riding streets that aren't very busy, slowly working your way up to heavier traffic if you need to navigate crowded roads on your route.
Practice riding to work
Plan a route and practice riding to work on a weekend. Time yourself; then add 10 minutes, so you don't feel rushed when you first try the route on a weekday.
Store your bike at work
Find a place to store your bike when you get to work. Keep it in a storage closet, or if you have your own roomy office, store it there. If you can't keep the bike inside, lock it up outside and take the front wheel with you to prevent theft.
Freshen up after your ride with a toiletry kit you leave at work. Wipe down with a washcloth or disposable wipes, apply deodorant, change into your work clothes, and spray on a little cologne or perfume. Now you're ready to work after an invigorating start to your day!