I will assume that you ended up here because you are just like me: quite a lazy person, who’s aware of the health benefits of cycling and wonders if there are any cycling hacks he should know before growing the balls to commute daily by bike. I’m sorry if you feel offended, but you really need balls to take up something healthy. I mean it! No one takes up working out because they like to be sweaty and stinky or eats only salad because it makes you laugh. You take up healthy habits because you realise you actually need it.
Also, I don’t own a bike. Don’t judge! I use the bike sharing system in my town because it easier for me. But if you’re thinking about investing in a bike, that’s amazing!
When I first started commuting by bike, I had no idea how bikes work. The only thing I knew was how much it sucked when the bike’s chain broke. I lost count how many time I called my Dad to come and fix my bike when I was a kid. That’s probably why I still don’t know how to fix it.
Enough talking, bring the cycling hacks on!
1. Learn the basics
Things like lube constantly the chain, learn how to fix a broken chain and so on are basic need for bikers. I am not an expert because, as I said, I use the bike sharing system and they take care of the maintenance. But if you plan buying a bike, make sure you know how to take care of it properly.
2. Safety first
I know that it might sound stupid, but please make sure that you are safe while cycling in the jungle.
- wear a helmet & a vest;
- make sure the breaks work;
- make sure the bike has lights and reflectors;
- know & use hand signals.
3. Wear glasses
This is not a fashion advice. You have no idea how many times I left my sunglasses at home and regret it. Because of the air friction, chances are that dust and insects will find your eyes a very comfortable area to sit on. I have to stop a lot of times to wipe my tears because of insects or dust.
4. Wear a hat
A hat will keep your fabulous hair in place, away from your face and will protect it from sun or rain.
5. Water bottle
Cycling will rise your heart rate, including your desire of drinking water. Always keep a refillable water bottle with you.
6. Stay hydrated
Again, that air friction… The air friction will dry your skin faster. So if you know that your skin is sensitive or dry, make sure to moisturize properly. Also use sunscreen! You don’t want a sunglasses shaped tanned face.
I really encourage you to take up cycling. Is not just healthy, is therapeutic as well, I felt it on my own skin. I really hope that this small hacks made you think about commuting by bike if not daily, at least from time to time.