Bicycle Commuter Essentials

Tips to help you become a commuter

  • A good bike: A rigid steel or aluminum bike will be durable and makes climbing hills easier.
  • Cargo: A bike rack with a pannier is a good alternative to a backpack or satchel for hauling stuff on your bike.
  • Safety lights: A good set of flashers will help you be seen in traffic and a bright headlight will be useful if you commute at night or early in the morning.
  • Change of clothes: You will need to be prepared for inclement weather, and it is a good idea to have extra clothes to change into when you arrive at work so you don't stink up the office.
  • Know your route: Plan your trip to avoid heavy traffic. Be familiar with and abide by the rules of the road when you are riding.
  • Be prepared for a flat: Thorn-resistant tires will help you avoid a dreaded flat tire, but even with good tires you should carry a kit with a spare tube, tire levers, a multi-tool, and a CO2 inflator or a pump to get you out of trouble.
  • Carry a lock: Don't get your bike jacked while out and about! Always lock it up when you leave it somewhere even if only for a moment.
  • Stay hydrated: Bring a water bottle or hydration system. Biking is hard work!
  • WEAR YOUR HELMET: What would your mother think if she saw you riding without a brain bucket?