Commuting by bike is a fun, healthy, cost effective, and green way to get around. Many people all over the States, in Europe, Asia, Australia, and even Africa get through their daily chores on bikes! This quick guide hopes to explain the basics of commuting gear, clothing, and tips.

All Conditions

Healthy Cycling Strategy:

Stay to the right of the road as you would in a car (when you need to make a left, claim a lane and make the left safely and predictably).
Always ride with front and rear reflectors, night riding requires lights in front and rear for GA
It’s ok to claim a lane when its unsafe for a cyclist to ride on the shoulder (cyclsts especially need to avoid glass, nails, sharp rocks, loose gravel, etc).

Hot Weather

Clothing:

Where a light airy shirt that will funnel the air in between your body and the clothing.
Bring a change of clothes with you or leave your work clothes in a locker at work, shoes and all.
Bright clothes helps cyclists be seen and motorists to see cyclists.

Gear/ Accessories:

If you don’t have a shower to use at your work, bath wipes and washcloths work as a great replacement; don’t forget the deodorant!
If you’re traveling at night or in the dark, don’t go without a red rear light and white front light- it’s the law (and makes you a lot easier to see for other cars).
For trips on long, rural roads you may want a reflector vest- you may look a bit funny but at least cars and 18 wheelers can see you.
Panniers are great to haul stuff to and fro’, especially if they’re water proof.

Cold Weather

Clothing:

Dress in many layers (and peel them off as you warm up on a ride).
Bright is again our friend, especially with darkness coming earlier.

Gear/ Accessories:

Gloves, face mask, and goggles are a cyclist’s best triage in addition to layered clothing when it comes to the frost time of the year.
Remember, a 60 degree bike ride will feel a bit cooler the fast you go (I feel so bad for those in Minneapolis and elsewhere up north).

Wet Weather

Clothing:

These are the best days to bring your change of clothes with you if you don’t have them at work already.
For hot weather, you should wear a nice lightweight rain proof poncho or jacket.
For cool weather, make sure the rain coat is especially water proof- you wouldn’t want to ride back home in a soggy set of cold pants or sweat shirt.

Gear Accessories:

Panniers make for great wet weather travel companions- they fit groceries, clothes, presents, and dozens of other little trinkets one might want to travel with. We bought a decent pair of water proof ones for about $100 (including left and right rear bags).

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