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Cycle Commuting

If you are tired of the daily battle with traffic congestion, which, according to a recent study; raises your blood pressure, lowers your frustration tolerance and fosters negative moods, then it might be time to try another way - Commute by Bike!

By kitting your bike and yourself out properly you could arrive at work healthier, wealthier and less stressed out.

  • Over 4 million people already use their bicycles on a weekly basis and more than 1 million are daily cycle-commuters...
  • Substitute one car journey a week with a bike trip and then start adding...
  • Keep your car for bad weather...
  • Making your cycle commuting enjoyable needs a bit of thought, especially when you live in a city. Prepare your bike and yourself well and you can avoid the jams, get some exercise, save on petrol or busfares, not poison the planet, etc, etc, etc...

    Planning your Route...
    Try to find alternative routes for your ride to work - avoid busy roads and roundabouts etc if possible. Suburban streets and parks are the ideal territory for your ride to work.
    Have a look at your A to Z and plan a route...

    Be wary around HGV trucks - their field-of-view is extremely limited and they may be distracted by trying to find their way to an unfamiliar location. NEVER assume that they have seen you - especially if 'undertaking' using a cycle-lane!

    The Bike
    Fit a bike-rack and some panniers, there's nowt worse than a sweaty back from carrying a rucksack...
    Well there is, but we won't go into that.

    Fit mudguards too, so that if the road is wet you don't get sprayed with the characteristic "skunk stripe".

    If possible buy a cheap second hand bike for commuting or shopping - The less attractive the better!.
    Hub gears are almost maintenance free and generally unfashionable among the thieving members of our community.

    Plaster the bike with reflective bits. Use masking tape and insulating tape as cable ties - it looks very scruffy very quickly...
    A really flash mountain bike parked in the same place every day is asking for trouble!

    Get some decent lights! Modern LED's are brilliant (pardon the pun) and the batteries last for ages.
    You could get your local cycle shop to fit a dynamo lighting set.
    Because it's bolted on it's difficult to pinch and from as little as 20 will be much cheaper and reliable than battery lights in the long run, supplement it with some LED's...

    DON'T OVERDRESS!
    There is no need to get all hot and bothered; multi-layer mountain jackets are not for cycling in, a lightweight jacket should do on all but the coldest of days...

    Get Yourself a Cheap Bike with the Cycle to Work Scheme

    What To Wear...Cycle Clothing

    How To Carry Your Stuff... Cycling Bags

    A Buyers Guide to... Bicycle Locks


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