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RC's Tips For Maximum Bike Commute Enjoyment

RC's Tips For Maximum Bike Commute Enjoyment

RC's Tips For Maximum Bike Commute Enjoyment

Whether you’re looking to maximise your time on two-wheels, or freshly converted to the simple pleasure that travelling by bicycle brings, these tips and tricks should streamline your commute and make it that much more enjoyable day-to-day!


Take A New Direction

If you’ve just started commuting by bike, the natural instinct is to simply ride the same route you drove in your car. Whilst there’s nothing inherently wrong with this, you could make your commute significantly shorter and more enjoyable by checking out some alternatives!

There are many third-party services that will open your eyes to a whole new world of back roads and cycle paths, each offering different features to help you along your way: Komoot, Strava, Ride with GPS, the list goes on. Not only will these help you shorten your commute, but by exploring all of your options you can make fresh routes and keep things interesting, rather than riding the same road back and forth every day. If you fancy hitting some rough stuff on the way home or swinging down a new cycle path in the morning, you can do it!



Expect The Unexpected

When you've prepared for the worst, just about any obstacle can be overcome and even those bad days end up crowned with a sense of achievement. Carrying some emergency essentials will smooth out the bumps in the road: spare tubes, a puncture repair kit, mini pump, CO2 canisters, tyre levers and a small set of Allen keys will generally be enough to get you out of a sticky situation.

Let’s face it, sometimes you’re going to get wet on your commute – it’s the unfortunate reality of living in the UK, and it’s not going to change any time soon. Be prepared by tucking away a solid set of waterproofs in your bag, even on those days where the clouds aren’t looming – you never know when the rain will strike! Keeping the rest of your luggage dry is important too, you won’t be getting much work done if your laptop has been waterlogged. It’s worth checking that your pannier or backpack is waterproof or has a waterproof compartment. The winter commute isn’t always easy, but with the right equipment, you’ll be just fine.

Bonus tip: keep a carrier bag at hand to throw over your saddle to keep it dry if you’re leaving your bike outside the office – there’s not much worse than starting your ride home with a soggy bottom.



Stash Some Spare Togs

It’s worth taking some spare clothes with you, perhaps just a t-shirt and underwear in your backpack or pannier and leave the bulky stuff in the office for when you get there. We can all be forgetful once in a while, so also leave a spare t-shirt and underwear with your other bits in the office, just in case! 

Once you get to work, you can get changed into your clean clobber and feel fresh for the working day ahead. Plus, if you’ve encountered some rain on your journey there’s nothing more liberating than getting changed into nice dry clothes when you arrive at your destination. Keeping some spare clothes and shoes in the office is a great way of staying organised, saves carrying too much weight on your back and means you don’t have to sit around in your cycling kit all-day – trips to the coffee machine are significantly more treacherous in cleats!



Make It Social

It can be easy to neglect your social life during the week when your days are dedicated to working – take your commute as a chance to squeeze in some leisure time. If you’re new to riding to work, ask around the office and try to find a riding partner that is a bit more experienced to help you along the way. Maybe leave a little earlier and meet with your colleague at a café en route for some brekky, and take a little detour around your favourite royal park – you’ll be surprised at how much you can fit in an extra half an hour!

Dedicating yourself to a meeting time with a colleague every day will also give you some extra motivation to get up and go – something we all need from time to time!



Ride With Confidence

Riding amongst traffic can seem daunting at first, but the only way to improve is to keep doing it, so don’t give up! Perhaps easier said than done, but stay confident and don’t fear the traffic – hold your position and ensure your actions are in your best interest. It’s not worth shoving yourself up against the curb, as although it might seem like the right thing to do to stay out of the way, in reality, it may encourage drivers to make unnecessary or unsafe overtakes that will only make you feel even less comfortable on the road. 



Try An E-Bike

Electric bikes are taking the commuter world by storm – they make you faster, take you further and are downright fun to ride. In an age of pedal-assist technology, e-bikes still provide the same health benefits as riding a standard pushbike but take the sting out of punishing inclines and let you load up with luggage without worrying about the weight. 

From E-Cargo bikes to E-MTBs, there’s something for everyone whatever route you take to work. The functionality of electric bikes is undeniable and they could even replace your car. Seriously.



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