1. Find a reliable bike

The most obvious first step is to find a bike that you can commute with. You might be tempted to dig through your shed and bring out your rusty, old 6-speed but this probably isn’t a great idea!

You need a bike that will hold up to day-to-day punishment in all weathers. Remember, if you’re commuting every day, your bike could do thousands of miles a year. It needs to be roadworthy through all of this, with the minimum amount of maintenance.

Popular commuting bikes include folding bikes and road bikes with wide tyres. Wider tyres make for a more comfortable ride and will make it much easier to cycle in wet weather. It’s important that you have mudguards too, if you want to avoid getting your clothes dirty on a horrible day!

The most important thing is that you find a bike that is comfortable, practical, and is easy to maintain. Here’s our collection of folding bikes if you want to get a head start on planning!

 

  1. Get a bike lock or find a secure storage space

Leaving your bike in an unsecured area all day is a recipe for disaster. If you have to, though, consider investing in a good-quality bike lock. It will give you peace of mind and ensure your bike is still waiting for you at the end of the day! Here’s a list of all of our bike locks. We also have loads in stock at our stores, if you want to take a look before you buy.

An even better solution, though, is to keep your bike somewhere secure. If you can bring it into your office, workspace, or a storage area, you won’t have to worry at all! A bike lock is always good to have, though, as you never know when you’ll need to leave your bike somewhere, even if it’s only for a short period of time.

 

  1. Make sure your lights are working – be visible!

When you’re commuting, you’ll probably be spending a lot of time on the road alongside cars, vans, and other vehicles. This means that it’s imperative that you are as visible as possible!

As well as high-visibility clothing, your bike should be equipped with reflectors and lights. A red light on the rear of your bike is a must, as well as a white light on the front.

Before you start commuting in the morning and evening, make sure that these lights work before you set off. You might think you’d only need them when it’s dark (you do, it’s a legal requirement) but they make you far more visible during the day as well! After all, it’s always better to err on the side of caution.

Don’t have any lights? We stock over 100 different sets of lights, so you’ll be spoilt for choice!

 

  1. Prepare the night before

When that alarm goes off in the morning, it can be tempting to hit snooze, have an extra 10 minutes of sleep, and drive to work instead. The easiest way to avoid this is to prepare all of your gear the night before!

Get your cycling clothes out ready, make sure your bike is ready to go, pack your bag, and even pre-prepare your breakfast. The more you do the night before, the easier it’ll be to just jump on your bike and go! It also makes you feel less guilty when you hit that snooze button. ????

 

  1. Take some cleaning supplies

If your place of work has showers then this point may not apply to you. If you’re not one of these lucky few then it’s worth taking some cleaning supplies with you every day. Wet wipes, dry shampoo, an extra pair of shoes, and a change of underwear could make all the difference after a long commute!

Don’t be that cyclist who gets mocked for wearing cycling shoes all day because you forgot to pack your work shoes!