It's behind you! Merlin stock a range of practical and easy to install on-bike mirrors for the commuter or tourer who encounters plenty of traffic. Also useful for checking your appearance when you ride to an important appointment, or enter the cafe...
I am starting to ride to work, besides the bike, what else do I need?
Essentials for trouble free commute include; helmet, gloves, sturdy footwear (or cycling shoes / pedals) lights and a good lock. Optional accessories such as; paniers / rack, mudguards and bell can all make the journey much easier. If you have bike parking / shower / change facilities at work, it makes the daily bike commute much easier. Leaving a bag of work clothing & deodorant stuffed under your desk is a good idea, rather than carrying them daily.
Which roads should I avoid on my urban commute?
While you are legally allowed to ride on most roads, some are better than others in terms of safety. This is very dependent on where you live. As a general rule, many riders would try to avoid busy main roads where there is high traffic volume, lots of junctions and no provision in terms of cycling infrastructure. Quieter roads or off-road shared use paths or bike lanes are generally better in terms of safety.
How do I lock up my new bike?
If you cannot lock up you bike somewhere inside your destination, it is really important to find somewhere, ideally visible from where you are. If you have to lock your bike outside in public, try to find somewhere which has people passing by to deter thieves and make sure your bike lock is up to the job. Lock your bike to something which is immovable, put the lock through the wheels and frame, if your lock isn’t big enough to get through both wheels and the frame, consider getting an extra lock for your front wheel. Hide the key opening away from passers-by and try to make your bike less steal-able to the potential thief, stickers and tape over expensive bike brand names can help.