6 Tips For New Bike Commuters
Have you ever been stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on your way to work and have witnessed a cyclist easily commuting to the office? Has it crossed your mind to bike to work? Not only are commuter bikes a great form of exercise, but it also keeps the earth green and lets you keep more green in your wallet.
To help get you rolling, here are six tips for beginner bike commuters:
1. Always Plan Ahead
One of the main reasons folks don’t commute by bike is that they don’t want to get sweaty. Plan ahead and find a gym by your work with shower facilities. You’ll also need to bring toiletries and a towel and a fresh change of clothes. Drop your work clothes at the office the night before so you don’t have to carry the extra weight while pedaling.
2. Find the Right Bike
Before you start your journey as a cycling commuter, you’re going to have to equip yourself with the right street cruiser bike. Luckily, Beach Bikes offers a wide variety of cruiser and commuter bikes, such as the sixthreezero Around the Block and the Firmstrong Bruiser. Ensure that the bike properly fits you. You should be able to touch the ground with your feet while sitting on the bike and comfortably reach the handlebars.
3. Practice Makes Perfect
Once you purchase your new bike, it’s time to get pedaling! If you haven’t ridden a bike in awhile, the best thing to do is practice. Good places to practice are empty parking lots, small residential streets, driveways, parks, and sidewalks.
4. Get the Right Gear
Not only will you need to buy a helmet, you’ll also need to get a durable backpack to carry all of your belongings and sweat wicking, breathable clothes. Moisture wicking clothes with lots of vents will keep you cool while keeping your sweat at bay.
5. Use Routes with Less Traffic
The last thing that you want to do is start biking down roads that are congested with cars, trucks, and other vehicles. Do your homework before you hop on one of your commuter bikes. There are tons of free cycling apps on your phone that help you find recommended biking routes in your town with less traffic. One great one to use is Strava.
6. Have Spare Parts and Tools and Know How to Use Them
Carry a spare tube and a set of biking tools with you in case you get a flat. You don’t want to be stuck walking and leaving your bike in a strange place. Learn how to properly change a flat tire if you cannot patch it. You can learn about fixing your bike in the Bike Advice section of our website.
Biking to work can be fun and easy once you get into the swing of things. Remember, to always be prepared, have the right clothing, protective gear, and tools, and plan your routes safely!
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