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Ideas for Your Bike Commute

There are tons of benefits to bike commuting: you save money on gas and other car-related payments, you no longer have to deal with road rage from getting stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and you get exercise to boot. However, as experienced bike commuters will attest, riding to work every day can become difficult and frustrating, especially if you’re just starting out. The following tips can help you avoid amateur errors and enhance your commuting experience:

  1. Buy the right bike. Stick with a hybrid, touring, or a road bike if most of your riding will be done on asphalt streets. For multimodal bike commuting (combining transit and bicycling), a folding bike might be a good option.
  2. Get organized. Stow all your gear and accessories in a way that will not only save you time, but also prevent you from leaving behind crucial items. Store larger items in an easily accessible place, such as a wicker basket. As for smaller items (bike-lock key, lights, tire levers, etc.) place them inside a zippered bag and hang that bag from the doorknob so you remember to grab them every time you go out.
  3. Arrive wrinkle-free. Need to bring along nice formal wear for an important meeting or dinner date? Cover them in a dry-cleaning bag, and then roll it up gently before placing it in a cycling basket, bag, or other storage container.
  4. Use technology to your advantage. This is a must if you’re new to riding and live in a major metropolitan area. Apps such as Get There By Bike provide safe bike routes, among other helpful features.
  5. Thoroughly lock up your ride. A U-lock will suffice in most areas, but if you’re in an area with high theft rates, then you should double up on protection by adding a cable lock. Basically, run the U-lock between the rear wheel and seat tube, form a lasso with the cable through the frame and front wheel, and secure the lasso with the U-lock. This will help prevent essential components of your bike from getting stolen.

One last tip: Wilshire Law Firm is the go-to law firm for bicycle accident victims. If you get into an accident caused by a negligent motorist, we can help you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To learn more about the services we provide, call us today at (800) 522-7274. We provide FREE consultations.