Your alarm has started its infernal blare at the usual dreaded time of 6:45 and you’ve ambled out of bed with all the enthusiasm of a sloth after a heavy night on the sauce, grumbled your way through breakfast and put on your suit and tie to prep for work. But like every responsible commuter, you’re not taking the subway or polluting the atmosphere with a 4 x 4. You’re getting ready to cycle your way to work.
But you’ll need more than a simple bicycle for your regular commute. To really ride to work safely and securely, you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared.
To ensure your morning gets off to a steady start, we’ve come up with a few top tips for the commuter who has to jump on their bike in a hurry.
Know your route in advance
Finding a neat shortcut is the highlight of many an uneventful commute to work, but taking a wrong turn in a big city can make you late or see you lost on a busy high street or empty back alley.
Before you head out on your commute, hunt down shortcuts via Google Maps and give them a go on your next journey.
Get the right setup
Riding your bicycle to work won’t always be plain sailing. As you trail across gritty pavements and glass-covered roads, your bike will invariably suffer punctures or deflated tyres along the way.
For the perfect ride, make sure to keep a patch repair kit or a new tube, bicycle pump, mini-tool kit and any other useful tools in a rucksack so that you’re never stranded with a broken bicycle in between your home and your workplace.
Make sure you get serviced
We’ve created the Ideal Servicing Package for anyone who’s riding to and from work every day. The point of the package? To check:
- Frame and forks
- Wheel bearings
- And much more
There are plenty more ways to get yourself set for your daily bike ride to and from work. If you’ve got any top suggestions, let us know in the comments below.