It can be daunting when you are thinking about commuting to work by bicycle for the first time.
There are also a bunch of rookie mistakes (and we have made almost all of them) that ever cyclist usually makes.
We could do hours and hours of research cribbing together tips from loads of different cycling organisations but we have found when it comes to our fellow cyclists one thing they are not short of is help and advice.
So to encourage you to take up cycle commuting we thought we would share some of their pearls of wisdom below. We gathered most of these from the Two Wheels Better facebook group.
14 bicycle commuting tips for new cyclists
- Ride with the direction of traffic, not against it.
- Be aggressive & take your space but respect other road vehicles & follow applicable laws. As cyclists we are only as good as our weakest member. Riding responsibly not only keeps you safe, but the rest of us safer by proxy.
- The route you use in your car is not necessarily the fastest or safest on your bike. Look at back roads, parks, shared paths, tow paths etc.
- Take your time. It’s not a race. Enjoy. Breathe in, breathe out, repeat.
- Be brave, don’t be shy and always mind that red light !
- Spare socks & undies for the wet days.
- Pay attention and observe…be clear and predictable (in your movements)
- Remember that other cyclists are, with only a few exceptions, friendly and on your side. If you need help, ask.
- When approaching a car watch their front tire and not the driver. The tire won’t lie. You can see when they move and in what direction they plan to go.
- Be prepared for cold weather during winter. Good gear will keep you riding, while poor gear will kill your vibe.
- Assume drivers haven’t seen you and err on the side of caution
- Bring extra clothes with you don’t work in your cycling clothes.
- Leave your headphones in your bag and turn off the phone.
- Ride like everyone is trying to kill you
There is a secret tip that splits cyclists right down the middle, as far as this one goes there are arguments for both sides and whilst most of us here at TWB do it, we support your right to choose.
It’s wear a helmet!
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