Spring is here

So earlier in the year I finally got my e-bike, and a long with a new job I was already to commute to work, but the winter really set in, I so feel like that’s an excuse, but I just couldn’t find the will to get out there.

Now spring is here and I’m looking for inspiration to get out there, and to also tackle the trip to work. There is one big hurdle I just can seem to get my head around, the 2km (1.2mi) 8 percent hill I need to get up on the way home. It’s the biggest head stopper,  I’m interested in others feedback on this??

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Things to think about before your first commute

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

  1. Begin with an achievable distance.
  2. Start with an achievable frequency.
  3. Wear a helmet.
  4. Wear clothing that can easily be seen by motorists.
  5. Don’t make a big deal out of special clothes and gear.
  6. Consider cycling shorts.
  7. Do a dry run on the weekend.
  8. Find routes with minimal traffic.
  9. Learn how to change a flat.
  10. Carry a cell phone and call for help if you have significant mechanical trouble.
  11. Take your clothes to work the day before you commute.
  12. Strategize your clean up time before work.
  13. Watch for parked car doors swinging open.

What’s Cool

  • 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

What’s Not

  • 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