Fed up of sitting in traffic day in, day out while everyone on their bikes whizzes by you? We think it’s about time you dusted off yours and made it your main mode of transport.
Finally, we have come full circle and reached an age when commuting by bicycle is the in thing. The advantages are tenfold, it’s better for the environment, easier on your wallet, quicker than going by bus in many cities, good for your fitness and mental health, plus it may help you shed a few pounds. There is no better feeling in the world than when the clock chimes 5 pm and you get to mount your bike and race the wind home. If you are ready to take the plunge, here are a few of the essentials you’ll need to make it a comfortable commute.
The number one priority for cycling in the city is a helmet. Do not even try and argue with us here. This piece of equipment could save your life. Wear one.
Unfortunately, the Irish weather means a rainjacket is an essential piece of kit. We advice opting for something light, breathable and splashproof.
3. Bike Lock
Unfortunately, nowadays you can’t just leave your bike out on the path unprotected while you stroll on into work. You’ll need a decent lock and it’s something worth spending money on.
In order to carry all your belongings, you’ll need a rack and panniers, a basket or simply a backpack. If going with the latter, it’s important to choose the right one. You’ll want something that’s breathable, comfortable, waterproof and possibly one that has a laptop sleeve.
Lights should be a priority when committing to commuting by bike. You’ll need a red rear light and a white front light to make sure you are visible at all times. Make sure your batteries are charged or that you carry a spare set Also, the more reflectors you have on you, the better.
It’s important to define what kind of cyclist you are going to be, choosing the right pants will help do that for you. There’s actually a lot more choice out there than you might first think. There are waterproof pants, padded cycling shorts, leggings, cycling jeans, etc.
7. Repair kit
You never know when you are going to get a puncture, need a saddle adjusting or have a chain malfunction. In our experience, it usually happens when you are late for a meeting, or when it’s lashing rain. Carrying a small repair kit can mean the difference between taking a few minutes to fix the problem and been stranded in the city centre for an hour while you wait for someone to come rescue you.
- Tyre Levers
- Small pump
- Patch kit or spare tube
8. A bathroom kit
This is needed in order to avoid becoming the smelly person in the office. Make sure to rock into work with a good few minutes to spare to clean yourself up.
- Wet wipes
- Spare knickers and socks
- Spare change of clothes
If you are lucky enough to have a shower in work:
- Quick-dry towel
Best of luck with it! Let us know how you get on.
Like this? You should check these out:
- EuroVelo Wexford: Exploring the Road Less Travelled by Bike
- Meet Salomon Ultra Runner and Nat Geo Adventurer of the Year Mira Rai
- How to: Get Fitter and Stronger in Just 15 Minutes