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8 Simple Tips to Prepare you for Commuting on your Bike

New to commuting by bike? Read up on these 8 handy tips.

We may be a little biased when we say cycling is probably the best mode of transport to get you to work, but it’s true. Once you’ve got your bike, lock and helmet, you can forget all about parking, bus tickets, oyster cards, noisy commuters and delayed departures.

And if you’ve ever experienced a smelly, stuffy London tube, you’ve probably decided to look at one of the only positives of the London tube strikes – ditching the manic buses and jumping straight onto the saddle is pretty liberating.

We’re welcoming novice cyclists into the commuting world with open arms. But we do understand it can be pretty daunting if you haven’t been out there for a while. And whether you’re effected by the tube strikes or not, live in London, or no where near, here are 7 simple tips to help you on your way.


Make sure you check your bike before beginning your commute. Are the tyres pumped? Does the bell ring? And is the seat in a comfortable position?

You’re in for a rather bumpy ride if not.

Check out these useful articles if you’re feeling a bit rusty:

Beginners: ABC pre-ride checklist

Safety advice for beginner cyclists

 


Not all women can get away with an outfit like this on a bike, props to her!

However, this women is not wearing what we or any cyclist would deem to be practical for a cycling commute, trust us when we say we’ve seen people actually pedal around like this!

If you’re unsure of what to wear for your commute, here are some more practical solutions…

8 of the Best Alternative Commuter Jackets

Five of the Best Rucksacks for Cycle Commuting

First Impressions: Tracey Neuls Reflector Urban Cycling Commuter Shoes

 


With temperatures due to drop over the next few days make sure you dress for the weather. Have a read of our Seven top tips for wet weather riding for an insight on how to prepare for sudden unwanted showers.

 


Try and keep 50cm from the kerb. Staying too close is dangerous.

This means you can avoid obstacles and reduce the likelihood of clipping the gutter. It will also ensure that drivers are more aware of your presence.

Crashes can unfortunately happen, but the CTC Crash App is a Valuable Tool for Cycle Commuters.

 


Look directly at drivers, particularly at junctions and side roads, so that they are aware of and acknowledge you. 

Check out the New EU Law Means Mandatory Safety Features on New Lorries for a bit more of an insight on what’s being done to improve safety for cyclists.

We can’t all pedal around stark naked like this guy, to get noticed…

 


Don’t cycle next to the inside of large vehicles. They won’t be able to see you. If you must go past then overtake them on the outside.

Read up on some tips on how to stay extra safe on your bike here.

 

Summer may be on the horizon but misty mornings and riding at dusk can still very be dangerous.

Visibility on the road is key to any cyclist. Grab yourself a good commuter light for your journey in our commuter lights buying guide.

And just to make sure you’re shining nice and bright on the roads our 9 alternative bicycle safety visibility devices might be worth a read.

 


Don’t ride near the ‘door zone’ otherwise things could suddenly get a bit too close for comfort.

And if you’re completely won over after your first cycling commute here are 7 Tips for Becoming a Commited Cycle Commuter.

Thank to Halfords for their assistance with our commuter tips!

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