How many reasons do you need to ride a bike to work? Gas prices are on the rise. The amount of physical activity you get each day is negligible. Sitting at a desk all day makes you tired. The list goes on and on. If you live within 15 miles of work, commuting via bike may be a good lifestyle option for you. Here’s what you need to know.
- Try It Ahead of Time: There’s nothing worse than showing up to work drenched in sweat without a change of clothes. Assuming you don’t work on Saturday, make a round trip on the bike to your work over the weekend. Pretend like it is a normal workday. Answer yourself a few questions. How exhausting was the ride? Will you be ready to go straight to work after the ride? Will you need time to cool down? You can always ride your bike one-way if you have a coworker you can get a ride from.
- Stay Safe: You don’t need lots of expensive gear to commute. You should wear a helmet. If your city doesn’t have any bike lanes or narrow roads that aren’t biker friendly, you might want to ditch the whole operation. Wear bright colored clothes, especially if you will be riding before sunrise, or after sunset. Follow the flow of traffic and obey other traffic laws.
- Be Prepared: Make sure you have a spare tire and know how to change a flat. Bring water with you. Enjoy your healthy, money-saving, lifestyle.