Winter Isn’t Over Yet – Bike Commuting Tips

Jane JohnstonNews

If you are itching to get on your bike during these last few winter weeks, Community Cycles has some helpful tips. It’s definitely time to get out there as a bike commuter. If you haven’t commuted by bike before, we encourage you to give it a try. It’s getting lighter out and the bike lanes and paths are clear.

Like the Boy Scouts always say, the best thing is to be prepared! You want to have your days and route planned BEFORE you go. This will enable you to know how long your ride is, what weather to expect and what facilities will be available along the way.

This brings us to the next tip- layer your clothing. As any Coloradoan knows, the weather here can go through all four seasons in one day! If you are going to be gone all day you may need clothes for afternoon heat and everything in between. Use a backpack, basket or panniers so you can store your outer layers conveniently. You want to keep your core warm by tucking everything in, wearing moisture wicking fabrics. Make sure your outer garments are waterproof if the weather calls for it.

Accessories are just as important as the clothing you wear. You may want goggles, gloves, beanies, handwarmers etc. Carry your usual kit with things like a pump, light, lock, and a patch kit, and always wear a helmet. Even when it’s cold, be sure to bring a water bottle and stay hydrated.

Commuting by bicycle is one of the best ways you can clear your head before and after work, and get a little sunshine and exercise in your day. With a little planning and preparation, it’s an easy decision no matter the weather or time of year. Get outside and give it a try!