Commute with BikeHighway

 I commute, therefore I am!

Outfit Your Bike

1. Make sure your bike has a white reflector on front, and a red reflector on back.
It is also helpful to have flashing pedal lightsand reflectors or reflective tape on your wheels.

2. If you ride at night, install a white headlight, and a red taillight on your bike.
Although you get what you pay for, a cheap light is better than none, but isn’t your safety worth top dollar?

3. Get a pump, patch kit, and tire levers to fix a flat.
Make sure you know how to do this before you need to!

4. Consider installing a rack and buying panniers to carry your clothes, laptop, books and other items.
Moving the load off of your back and onto a bike rack makes riding more comfortable and more stable as the center of gravity is lowered.
Make sure the panniers you are buying are made specifically for commuting and are easy to mount and remove from your bike, as you will need to do this often.
Rain covers or rain-proof panniers are a must in most areas.

5. Consider installing fenders on your bike.
They nearly eliminate the spray your wheels make on wet roads, keeping you drier, cleaner, and more comfortable.
Full fenders are more effective than partial ones as they cover more of the wheel.

6. Consider a mirror (glasses, helmet or bike mounted) to help you see traffic.
Cyclists often have a tendency to swerve when they look behind them!

 Outfit Yourself

7. Always wear a helmet.
Make sure the helmet fits you well and that the straps are snug enough to keep the helmet on you in a crash (with the helmet on and straps buckled, try to push the helmet off from the front and the sides.
If the helmet moves significantly, the straps are not tight enough.
Although it may be frustrating to get the straps adjusted correctly, or the helmet may be a little uncomfortable when you first put it on, it’s worth it.
Remember: A new helmet is cheaper than a new skull.

 8. Consider getting cycling gloves.
They can reduce road vibration, give you a better grip, and will help protect your hands in a crash.

9. Wear comfortable clothing.
Cycling shorts are very comfortable (they reduce friction, especially in the crotch) and may provide some cushioning.

10. Get raingear for rainy days, or at least, wear something like polypropylene fleece that stays warm when wet and dries out quickly. Cotton is a no-no.

Other Tips

11. Plan your route before you ride it, and leave a little early the first few times until you get used to how long the ride takes you.
Cyclists are responsible to follow all traffic laws that motorists are, including stopping for lights and signs, and using turning lanes.
You will be safest if you follow your state and local ordinances.

12. If your commute is sizable, get a water bottle and drink from it frequently to avoid dehydration.

13. On rainy days, dry off your bike and your chain to avoid corrosion.

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