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How to Make your Bike Commute More Enjoyable

DATE: 01/08/2023
More and more people are turning to a bike for their daily commute. Whether you're doing it to save money, get more exercise or you just enjoy the wind rushing through your hair to invigorate your senses, cycling is becoming more commonplace than ever. There are many ways to cycle more, but the most obvious for many is to make it a part of your regular commute. However, if you've become accustomed to the train or car for your commute, it can be a bit daunting to suddenly shift to a bike. While you might not be able to read your book or catch up on TV shows like you can on the train, we promise that commuting on a bike can be an enjoyable and energising part of your day. Riding your bike to work offers many benefits for your health, the environment and your overall well-being. If you're looking to make your bike commute the best it can be, we've got you covered. Here, we'll explore some tips and ideas to enhance your bike commuting experience.
Finding the right bike

It all starts with having the right pair of wheels underneath you. Having a bike that sized appropriately to your body and height is a crucial step in ensuring the comfort and safety of your ride. You can usually find sizing guides on the product pages of the Progear bike you're looking at, with recommendations for frame and wheel size based on your height. You can also check out our blog posts on wheel sizes, and sizing a kids bike.

Also take time to find which type of bike is the right fit for you, and which features you think you'll need. This can be based on more technical aspects such as the suspension type, or just which colour you prefer. Road and commuter bikes are built to create a smooth and efficient ride out on the road, enabling you to cover longer distances comfortably. On the other hand, if you plan on taking your bike out on rougher trails every now and then, consider a hybrid bike, which combines the comfort of a road bike with the sturdiness and manoeuvrability of a mountain bike. A mountain bike won't be as efficient for commuting, but can be useful for shorter distances, or if you're looking to take your bike to more rougher trails.

Trail Mountain Bike
Dress for Success

Choosing appropriate attire is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable bike commute. Opt for a breathable and moisture-wicking clothing to keep you cool and dry, especially during summer. Investing in cycling-specific apparel, such as padded shorts and breathable shirts, can significantly enhance your comfort during your ride.

If you're regularly riding on the road alongside cars, it's a good idea to enhance your visibility by wearing brightly coloured clothing or a hi-vis vest. Consider incorporating reflective elements into your outfit as well.

Something that is often overlooked in your biking attire is footwear. Choosing a pair of shoes that are comfortable and firm will provide more efficient pedalling power and allow you to travel longer distances without discomfort. Shoes with stiff soles, closed toes and a good grip will provide the best support for your ride. Also try to avoid shoes with long, dangling shoelaces that could get caught in the bike's drivetrain.

Additionally, don't forget to find a helmet that is fitted, and has been adjusted accordingly.

Make use of front and rear racks
Electric Commuter Bike

Carrying your belongings securely and conveniently is essential during your bike commute. Front and rear racks provide ample space to carry essentials such as laptop bag, change of clothes or groceries. Utilising these racks allow you to distribute the weight evenly and prevents strain on your body while riding. It also helps to avoid the dreaded sweat patch on your back that often occurs when you wear a backpack.

Find a good route

Planning your commute route can significantly impact your overall experience. It's worth taking the time to seek out bike-friendly paths, dedicated bike lanes or quieter roads with less traffic. Also be on the lookout for physical barrier separations for bike paths if riding on the road, as these will increase your safety while riding. Online mapping tools and mobile apps specifically designed for cyclists can help you discover the most efficient and enjoyable routes. Experiment with different paths to find the one that suits your preferences and offers a pleasant ride.

Consider e-bikes

E-bikes have exploded in popularity in recent years, due to their growing accessibility and massive benefits. E-bikes provide motor-powered assist can kicks in when you start pedalling, seamlessly reducing effort while riding. They're especially handy when tackling uphill climbs or longer distances.

Electric Road Bike
Ride to work day

Ride to Work Day is a global event that encourages individuals to embrace cycling as a mode of transportation. It provides a great opportunity to get active, show support for sustainable transportation, and connect with other cyclists in your community. Participating in Ride to Work Day can add a sense of excitement and camaraderie to your bike commute. Check if your city or workplace organizes any related events, such as group rides or breakfast gatherings. Joining these activities can make your bike commute more enjoyable and rewarding.

Mountain Bike Park

Riding your bike to work can be a pleasurable and rewarding experience. By following these tips, you can make your commute more comfortable, efficient and fun. Remember, the benefits extend beyond personal satisfaction, as biking to work positively impacts your health, reduces traffic congestion, helps the environment and saves you money. No matter where you're riding, Progear Bikes offers a wide range of suitable bikes and accessories to support your bike commuting needs. Start incorporating cycling into your daily routine and experience the joy of an active and sustainable commute.

If you need any assistance in choosing the right bike for you, don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly team, either by phone or email, and we'll be happy to help you out.