I found this great page that has a list of 13 things to consider and a list of things to think about with your fellow workmates – the article is by By Gale Bernhardt For Active.com – http://www.active.com/cycling/articles/bike-to-work-tips-for-your-first-commute
In short here are the 13 things to consider
- Begin with an achievable distance.
- Start with an achievable frequency.
- Wear a helmet.
- Wear clothing that can easily be seen by motorists.
- Don’t make a big deal out of special clothes and gear.
- Consider cycling shorts.
- Do a dry run on the weekend.
- Find routes with minimal traffic.
- Learn how to change a flat.
- Carry a cell phone and call for help if you have significant mechanical trouble.
- Take your clothes to work the day before you commute.
- Strategize your clean up time before work.
- Watch for parked car doors swinging open.
- One pant cuff rolled (hint: the right one)
- Racks or panniers to carry commuting essentials
- Bike commuting for any portion of your trip to work, even if it’s riding to a public transportation hub
- Recruiting a friend to ride with you
- Bike commuting in less-than-perfect weather conditions
- inside-out bike shorts hanging on your cubicle wall
- Riding on sidewalks
- Listening to music while you should be listening for potential hazards around you
- Weaving in and out of stopped or slowly moving traffic
- Darting across medians and riding against traffic
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I tend to jump into life changing moments with vim and vigor, only be to be disappointed in myself when I loose my way.
This time however I need this change to stick, so I am researching to find as much information around making this transformation as I can. This is so I can plan and set realistic expectations, and love the change.
While I have been looking at this for some 6 months now, I have found it rather hard to find information on what to expect if commuting on a bike or even an e-bike. It seems only hardcore street cyclist in their lycra seem to post.
On a resent trip to Amsterdam and some of the main Nordic countries, I saw first hand that commuting on a bike is the norm, and no special “lycra gear” is required. After spending 6 weeks gorking in the windows of every bike shop I could find on my holiday I have decided to take the next step and make this apart of my weekly commute.
So I have been home 4 weeks now, and research research research seems to be where I am at. To be honest I have found it hard to get a good understanding on the following key points:
- What type of e-bike would be best?
- How do you even learn about the best motors, bike shapes, and size?
- Do I need to get a degree in engineering to understand any of this??
- Cycling paths vs riding on the road
- what does my city council supply and what is coming?
- How am I going to keep committed in this winter weather??
- What accessories for a bike are need to haves vs that looks pretty!
- Helmet – don’t get me started on helmets, seems like there is loads of choices if you want to be some road aerodynamic commuter, but I want something that is conformable, water proof, and most importantly – Safe
- My list could go on and on and on!!!
To help bring some order into my decision making, and to help others thinking of doing the same, I decided to create this website….so welcome to my chaos!