For most cyclists, the dark winter months aren’t our favourite. However, commuting by bike through the winter doesn’t need to be difficult with a little know-how and the right kit.
Winter commutes can feel incredibly rewarding. Seeing the sunrise by bike is a luxury a select few enjoy and there’s nothing better than arriving home to a nice warm drink, safe in the knowledge you’re staying fit and saving time whilst the rest of the world takes the train. That, and you’ll avoid the lurgies floating around on public transport (and the traffic congestion caused by all those people who just don’t know how to drive in the rain).
So – ready to sign yourself up for the winter commute? Then we’ve got the perfect guide to get you going…
Close your eyes and get out that door (then open them)
The hardest part about riding in poor weather is getting out of the door – but once you’re actually out on the road, it’s never as bad as it looked.
Make the process easier for yourself by ensuring that your bike is ready to go before you head off to bed – lights charged, tyres pumped, computer and saddlebag attached. Lay your kit out so it’s ready, and all you have to do is put it all on and head out.
When you arrive at work you’ll feel so much more awake, and hopefully, a lot less stressed, having been in the fresh air rather than sat in traffic or jammed onto public transport getting exposed to everyone’s winter sniffles. Having a nice treat – your favourite coffee or a lovely refuelling snack – ready in your desk drawer is always a nice motivator, too.