Bicycle commuting can be intimidating for new riders. Because of concerns about safety, weather, proper equipment and arriving at your destination sweaty, most people stick to their same old travel methods.
They are missing out! Bike commuting is not only a great method of transportation, it’s a great way to explore the area you live, get exercise and fresh air, and reduce your environmental impact. With the proper preparation and the right equipment, bike commuting is easy and fun. Let’s dive into some of the important considerations.
Choosing the right cycle is an important part of having a good commuting experience. While any bike could work for commuting, ideally you want an efficient cycle that has fender attachment points to keep mud off, rack mount points to carry pannier saddle bags, good handling for city streets, and comfortable geometry.
Most commuters prefer either a road bike with drop handlebars -- which is the most efficient and fastest option -- or a specially made commuter bike with medium-size tires and a flat handlebar. Many riders also use mountain bikes, but these will be less efficient and are not ideal for longer distances.