Bike Commuting

Tips for the seasons: 

Summer

No one wants to arrive to work a sweaty mess. While biking to work in the summer could cause you to become the “office smelly person,” it doesn’t have to be your fate! Here are a few tips to keep you cool on the ride, and even cooler once you roll for the 8 a.m. meeting. 

  1. Wear sweat-wicking clothes 
  2. Use a rear rack and pannier bag instead of riding with a backpack 
  3. Budget extra time for a quick clean-up 
Rainy season

No one wants to show up to the office soaked and chilled. Looking ahead to the weather can only save you some of the time (it is Colorado after all). Get caught in a rain storm? Here’s a few tips to help you stay prepared. 

  1. Always carry a waterproof jacket 
  2. Invest in a waterproof pannier or backpack 
  3. Carry a change of clothes, just in case 
  4. Store an extra trash bag to cover your seat with
Winter

Riding in the winter make scare you. “It’s cold out there!” But, what you might not realize is riding in the winter is pretty awesome. No scraping windshields. No waiting for your car to heat up. Just you, your bike and the crisp, open air. Once you get your routine down, you’ll wonder why you ever chose car over bike. Here are a few tips to get you started, and keep you going. 

  1. Wear moisture-wicking clothes (cotton is not suited to keep your body temperature warm) 
  2. Waterproof pants can keep insulation in and provide an extra layer of warmth
  3. Splurge on wool socks and glove liners to wear under thicker gloves (think ski gloves or special cold weather cycling gloves)
  4. Layers are especially important in the winter
  5. Fenders are very helpful in the winter to keep slushy road spray off your bike 

Commuting Resources

Having the right bike, the right clothes and a route that feels safe and scenic makes commuting enjoyable. Basic maintenance is important. See the resources below for help planning your ride.

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