There’s never been a better time to cycle to work, however, cycling in the city is a different beast and if you haven’t been in the saddle for a while.
Yexin, founder of NIXEYCLES – a boutique cycling company, has come up with some beginner’s tips to city commuting, covering everything you need to know before you hop on the bike.
- Safety is the most important factor when riding in the city and once you get your bike, the next purchase should be a good helmet. Also consider that Australian motorists are still getting used to the influx of cyclists on the road so do them a favour by making sure you’re highly visible with bright clothing and flashing lights.
- A lot goes into choosing the right bicycle for your preferences. Whether you decide to go with a fixed-gear, single speed or multi-gear set up is determined by your daily commute. Fixed gear and single speed bikes are great fun to ride but may not be appropriate if you live or work in a hilly area where a full range of gears can make inclines and keeping up with traffic far easier.
- Make sure the bike you choose is comfortable and has a riding position that doesn’t put too much strain on the back. You don’t have to opt for the bare-bones seat and hunched over riding position you see on racing bikes. A lot of great commuting bikes offer cushioned seats and upright riding positions without compromising on pedalling power.
- Always have a trusty lock with you so you can keep your bike secure if you need to duck into a shop or leave your bike outside the office. If your bike will be left in public for long periods of time, it’s best to consider D-locks as they are stronger and incredibly tough to break open. If you’ll be keeping your bike inside most of the time, save for the odd coffee shop run, then a coil lock will serve you just fine. If you have quick-release wheels, you should opt to go with a lock that can fit around your wheels as well as locking the bike to a pole, either a large D-lock or strong coil lock.
- It’s always a good idea to plan your trip and be familiar with your route if you’re zipping between traffic in the city. This will keep you focused on the obstacles and changing conditions around you so you can react swiftly. A good app to consider is the Ride City app, it details all the bike lanes in your city so you can stay out of traffic (and harm’s way) as much as possible.
To check out NIXEYCLES’ full range of commuter bikes and accessories including pumps, locks, lights and more, visit www.nixeycles.com.au