Leaving the car at home and rolling to work on pedal-power is something we can all try. In my experience its only 10-15 minutes additional travel time and there are so many other benefits, not the least of which is savings on gas and the fitness you gain. It’s win-win all the way. So for those of us that can occasionally choose to travel on two wheels, here’s a few tips and reminders.
-Always wear your helmet!
-Make sure your bicycle is in good condition. Pay close attention particularly to the state of your tires and brakes.
-invest in a few commute-friendly accesories like a good set of LED blinkers/headlights for when you’re caught out on the road after the sun goes down. And every bike commuter needs a high-quality bicycle lock.
-If a shower is not an available option at your destination, carry some baby-wipes along with your change of clothes to freshen up for the day ahead.
Lastly always plan a safe route to and from your destination. Go through it in your head, visualize the trouble spots and keep alert while you ride. While bike riders are entitled to use the same roads as motor-vehicles, it pays to ride defensively.
Practice makes perfect, folks. So the more you get out there, the easier and more pleasurable it becomes. Enjoy the ride!