There you are, at the bus stop, once again waiting for transport to work. Spend 10 minutes, and maybe the idea of taking a stocking doesn’t seem so bad. Spend 20 minutes and a Uber seems a good choice not to be late for work. At this time, it’s been three people riding on your front. It seems that they will arrive at work and you don’t. 30 minutes and here comes the bus lotadaço.
If the thought “I should go to bike to work…” has it ever crossed your mind more than once, this post certainly is for you!
Let’s meet in the lists below a lot of tips to go cycling to work. Are not 5 or 10 tips. There are over 40 (!) tips for you to improve your quality of life, success at work and know exactly what time you will arrive at work without having to depend on that bus that usually slows.
Before Using For The First Time
Use Google Maps or another online service to check for possible routes of your home to work and vice versa. Currently Google Maps offers the altitude of the route when you select the bicycle as a means of locomotion, according to polyhobbies.com. So it is easy to Dodge climbs very steep;
Instead of sleeping late on Sunday, enjoy this day calmer for the chosen paths;
If you’re not used to riding on the street, avoid paths by avenues and streets with heavy traffic.Less crowded streets, and many times they are shortcuts, are prettier;
Even though the path size increase, give preference for bike lanes. They are the safest place to ride;
While riding on Sunday, take a look at the sidewalks, as they will be your refuge and your likely path on slopes;
Remember to consider short paths that have rockets instead of long paths and plans.
Or: remember to consider the altimetry of the path. Maybe can be advantage for a walk to go through less hills.
Use helmet. Always. No excuses. And buy a new one after the expiration of the validity of what you’re using now;
The use of glasses, both of Sun as those of EPI, help protect your eyes against dirt, rain and cold wind, which in winter that makes your eyes tear up and disturb the vision;
For extra protection, wear gloves that help to protect your hands in case of falls, or to run more comfortably in cobblestones;
If you are pedaling, make sure the bar right leg not screw in Crown. Usual solutions for this problem are: cycling of Bermuda, bending the knee pants, or put your socks over the bar. Some even use rubber bands (trigger) to hold the pants!
An interesting addition to your bike, is a rear-view mirror. They can be stuck on the handlebars or even in your helmet. They help you keep a straight trajectory to avoid you turn your head and trunk back to check the movement of cars;
Install lights on your bike, especially when riding at night. White light in front and Red behind. If they are blinking, even better because they call more attention and that’s the point of using them;
To call the attention of drivers, put reflective stickers on helmets and vests with reflective tracks view. Clothes with bright colors or phosphors also help.
With frequent use, your bike will suffer wear, such as tyres can be bald and losing grip, brake shoe (the “rubber” of the brake) you can wear your braking and worse. The floor then in streets with Cobbles some screws may become loose and leave some elements of your bike (handlebars, pedals, etc.). So remember not to neglect the maintenance of your skinny! Any problem on a bike can result in a fall with possibility of injury.
Do not ride on the street against the grain! Pedestrians and drivers will not be looking at the wrong side of the road in a conversion and if an accident occurs, the injured will be much worse;
Careful to guide the bike glued to parked cars. Doors can open at any time and you be “invited” into the car;
Walk always on the right track, but not so much. The pedal very close to the curb, you won’t have room to Dodge obstacles and automobiles and buses may push you against the sidewalk;
Education is a two-way street. Respect to be respected and to demonstrate that you are an excellent cyclist following all these tips
Respect the traffic sign. As well as cars, stop at the traffic lights and wait for the right moment to continue pedaling;
In free outputs or corners where many cars seen on the right, be careful. Once in a while, a car that is in the second track turns fast, because remember that last time or because they wouldn’t let him change lanes before. When it calculates whether to give time, the driver just parses the cars that are coming, assuming that the bike is too slow and there will be time to move on to your front. So, when you see that a lot of people turn somewhere to the right, signal with the hand that you’re going to move on and make sure visually that no car will turn anyway.
Pedestrians are unpredictable, more than cars. They change lanes without signal, change of direction, and, seeing a cyclist riding fast, stop walking, even if they are in the middle of the street and on the way the bicycle hit them (pedestrian preference anyway)
Look at the floor! On the right side of the street usually appear things that can get you down, such as mal-colocadas manhole covers, hydrants, Wolf, branches that fell from the last hurricane, or even some junk (e.g. bottles or bags full of who knows what)
Mark your path to the drivers
To ride on the sidewalk, observe the pedestrian. Get off the bike if necessary.
If you’re on a ramp and tired, Valley riding in zig-zag, since via permit. More tips on how to face climbs see http://vadebike.org/2005/08/pedalando-nas-subidas/
Before every ride, test the brakes, gears, make sure that the tires are not withered and look for loose parts.
No Shower At Work, How Do I Do?
Pedal slowly to prevent the sweat early in the path;
Enjoy the mild slopes to aerate and not to pedal faster;
Do stops after long stretches in which you rode without stopping. Before climbs or too complicated, get off the bike and go pushing her;
Note the times of traffic lights before reaching them not to stay long;
Cool-wearing light clothes and that allow good air circulation;
Instead of carrying a backpack on her back, the area will be sweaty quickly due to lack of ventilation, install and use a Bellman to take clothes/towels to be used to get to your destination;
Take a shower at home before you go riding;
Take ice water to cool the body from the inside out;
Upon arriving at work, make the full Exchange. This includes the exchange of underwear;
If possible, consider leaving a little early in the morning;
To define the route consider the places where there’s more shade (tall buildings or trees).
Master Level Tips
Put yourself in the place of drivers and pedestrians. Think before you act, so that everyone can benefit from your pedaling;
You’re not doing other exercises besides pedaling to work? Then it can turn your workout! Their way back home, and a shower, can be faster and without many stops when you already feel confident cycling on the street. The rhythm of the ride can be a lot stronger than usual;
You can use the weekend, and the open space of a park to learn more about your bike and exercise better control over her. Learn to fly, try screech, like going through holes or large obstacles, and what else you want to venture out!
Part of pedaling, groups that happen at night or during the weekend;
Occupy the space of a car on the track, as motorcyclists should do too. This forces the drivers to exceed you as a real car, rather than push you against the curb;