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Tag Archives: Commuting

  • 16 Reasons You Should Bike to Work

    Our favorite part of National Bike Month is Bike to Work Week. This year it's May 11 - 15, with the 15th being National Bike to Work Day. To help you prepare and get motivated to join in, we've thrown together a list of the benefits of biking to work.

     
     

    1. Everyone looks at you walking into the office with your bike and wishes they were as good as you.
    Entering office with bike
    It's a great way to make your co-workers feel like they could be a little bit better. A little bit like you.
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  • 8 Things I Learned with a Bike as My Sole Method of Transportation

    Urban bicycle commuter

    After graduating high school and moving out of my parents' house, I found myself without a car, a job, or any money. Finally securing a part-time job, I saved up and bought a bike for $300. This old Giant road bike became my primary form of transportation for the next five years, carrying me from home to school to work and back home every day. Recently, I purchased my first car, causing me to think back on all the things I learned from biking nearly every day for those five years.

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  • What to Wear: Commuter clothing for cyclists

    Bikewagon - BWCC

    If you want to commute to work, you face a few challenges: potholes, traffic, flat tires and angry drivers, just to name a few. But one of the most common issues faced by commuters is the problem of sweaty and mud-splattered clothing -- a big problem if you work in an office or other formal environment.

    Fortunately, there is a lot that can be done to improve the clothing situation for riders. It all starts with having the right stuff -- the clothing that can be used for riding and allows you to keep your clean change of clothes safely stowed in a backpack or pannier bag.

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  • How to turn an old bike into a commuter

    Bikewagon Community College

    Many of us have old bikes lying around in the garage, gathering dust and not getting too much use. Well, now is a great time to clean off that old bike and start using it again.

    This guide will walk you through the process of taking your old bike, cleaning out the old junky components, and getting it prepared for use as a commuter bike -- perfect for getting groceries, riding to and from work, and leisurely afternoon rides on the weekends.

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  • What do I do if...? Commuter Edition

    Bikewagon - BWCC

    This is a new series of scenario-based tutorials that will address some of the common situations faced by cyclists in different situations. This article will focus on cyclists who commute through urban areas to get to work, run errands, or travel around, and some of the common issues that arise. So let's get into it!

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  • Bike Light Basics


    Bikewagon - BWCC

    Jump to it!     Bike taillights/rear safety lights | Front safety lights | Bike headlights | Emergency lights


    Whether you are an early-morning commuter, a nighttime mountain biker, an all-weather racer or just a casual rider, proper lighting on your bicycle is very important for safety. Unfortunately, many cyclists are hurt every year because they were riding without proper lights.

    Many of these accidents could be prevented by using inexpensive, widely available bike lights, and that’s why we recommend that every rider keep a set of bike lights with them on every ride -- you never know when you are going to get caught out after dark.

    This article will go over the most common styles of lights available today, the pluses and minuses of each variety, and the factors that cyclists should consider when making their choices.

    Bike taillights / rear safety lights


    Bike taillight

    The first and most basic style of light on the market is the rear safety light. Like the brake lights on a car, these rear lights are always red in color, and are most often used in a bright flashing mode to attract the attention of drivers approaching your bike from behind.

    Different bike taillights have different mounting options. Some are designed to clip onto the back of a rear rack, while others clamp onto your seat tube. Some riders choose to mount their rear lights on their backpack or even the rear side of their helmet, or to use several rear lights on different locations. Many riders take their lights with them when they lock their bike up in public, while others don’t worry about the (generally low) possibility of losing these cheap lights.

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  • Bike Commuting 101


    Bikewagon - BWCC

    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.

    The Bike

    Commuter bike

    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.

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