So you have ditched public transport or decided to leave the car at home? Check out how bicycle commuting will improve your body here. Wondering how to look after your daily work bike? Read on…
While frame protection stickers protect the parts of the frame which usually suffer cable rub and chain slap, commuting brings up plenty more opportunities to scratch your bike. Parking and locking your bike needs a little bit of thought. Gaffa / Gorilla tape layered around where lock contacts the frame does two jobs. Firstly it protects your frame. Secondly, it makes your bike look a bit rubbish and should put off potential thieves.
Keeping your bike clean is essential for keep it running well in the long term. Check out our blog on cleaning here. Even if you are pushed for time, a quick wash, rinse and drivetrain degrease / oil can be done in just a few minutes with practice.
Many commuters choose to ride with daytime lights for extra visibility, especially when the weather is gloomy. Lights provide various levels of power output, and come in all shapes and sizes. Check out our blog on lights here.
While giving your bike a quick clean, use this as an opportunity to check it is still safe and working as it should. Check out the British Cycling video on checking your commute bike below.
Bikes get stolen. There is nothing worse than finishing work, looking forward to getting home and then finding that your means of transport has been taken. The key to avoid this occuring is to make it as hard as possible for potential thieves.
1 Invest in a decent quality lock.
2 Swap quick release skewers & seat post bolts for Allen key bolts. If your ride is electric, remove the battery and take it with you (can you sneak a worktime re-charge?).
3 Make sure your lock is attached to something non-movable which it can’t be lifted over or easily cut through. Ideally, purpose built bike parking locking plates. Locking through both the frame and wheels is the best way to deter a bike thief, they will look for an easier option.
4 If possible, lock it where it can be seen by yourself or a work mate. Or at the very least somewhere with a high volume of foot traffic passing by. Lock the bike with the lock mechanism off the ground and facing downward & out of sight.
5 Find out if there is opportunity to park & lock the bike within your workplace premises. As more people take to riding in to work, there might be enough people to justify some work based parking.
6 Consider taking out bike insurance which covers commute parking.
The good news is, you can do a commute on any bike. Depending on where you live and work, there could be lovely bike riding infrastructure or maybe opportunities to get off the tarmac and use canal tow paths, bridleways, greenlanes and parks. Here’s our curent pick of bikes to get you to and from work and have a bit of fun on the weekend…