If you’re thinking about joining the millions of cyclists on the road and biking to work there are many factors you need to consider. Riding a bike is a great way to get exercise, will save you tons of money on gas, and is better for the environment but you do have to take some precautions (like watching out for road rage). Click here to see a good way to aid in controlling road rage.
Following are of some of the most common hassles that cyclists deal with. I’ll help you figure out ways to overcome these barriers so you can get your bike out on the road; no more excuses!
The destination is too far. “I’m unfit.” To get fit, you have to start somewhere. Try starting with smaller trips. In the beginning you could take shorter rides on the weekends or after work to build up stamina. You could participate in a park and ride, where you ride your bike part way to work and ride the bus the rest of the way.
Worried about getting sweaty and arriving at work feeling gross? Riding your bike does not have to be as strenuous as a workout at the gym. Leave your house with ample time to get to work, and you can enjoy a leisurely bike ride in. Of course, the hotter months can still prove to be an issue. Stash your stuff in a basket or in panniers on a rack, as carrying a backpack can cause you to sweat. You can also bike to work in a set of workout clothes and change once you arrive, or keep a stick of deodorant in your desk.
What about the dress code? You might be worried about wrinkling your clothes. As mentioned above, you can take a change of clothes with you and change. This might sound like a big hassle and a great excuse to not ride your bike; but think of it as exercise that you’re working right into your already busy schedule.
Other concerns might be theft or running errands after work. If you have a good lock, your bike will be safe in the bike rack. A basket on the front of your bicycle is a good solution to carry items for smaller errands.
What about angry, impatient drivers? Are you concerned with cycling on the road with cars? By giving drivers ample room and staying well within your bike lane you can avoid most conflicts.
If you’re following the laws, there’s nothing they can do but honk and yell at you. There have been incidences where a gun was pulled. If the firearm was stored correctly or kept in a small safe in the car, it would have prevented the altercation. Just ignore the road rage, don’t instigate an angry driver. Keep riding at your own pace, stay in your own lane, and be aware of the traffic around you. By ignoring them, the incident will pass quickly; they are in a much faster vehicle and will soon be gone.