5 Tips for Your Cycling Commute.

1) Plan your route.


They say that failing to plan is planning to fail. So plan your commuting route. You can use apps like Komoot or Google Maps (use the walking feature to ensure your route doesn't include an expressway) as a start and adjust your route to your liking. Things to note include any uphill sections, off-road sections and if you're mainly cycling on the road, check for roads that might experience heavy traffic and many motorised vehicles. Try to avoid heavy traffic and if you can't make sure you do the necessary and prepare yourself.


2) Your bike.


Of course if there are off-road sections along your way, make sure your bike is off-road ready. Some thicker tires, heavier duty bikes perhaps. In Singapore, you can get almost anywhere by road and park connectors, so some wider tires are the only things you might need when changing from roads to park connectors to pathways.


Most of us at the shop commute via road bikes but some also have mountain bikes and foldable bikes that they sometimes take on days where they want to do multi-modal commuting or just ride slowly on pathways.


3) Think about the items you need on your ride


You definitely need lights! Both front and rear. You should already ride with a helmet but if not, you NEED one for commuting. Would you be carrying a lot of items? You probably don't need panniers, but perhaps a front or rear rack? Some frame bags? Some cycling attire, or at least some sports attire (but we strongly recommend cycling attire).


Also, if you're commuting everyday, make sure you have a repair kit in hand at all times. You never know if you're going to experience a puncture at some point. Repair kits save lives!!


4) Things you need to bring (or store)


Aside from the things you need to bring for riding purposes, you also have to think about your post ride essentials. A towel, your working clothes, working shoes (if you're riding clipless), even your post-workout meal or shake!


5) Check your amenities


Which brings us here. Amenities! If your workplace has a shower, perfect! Else you would have to consider that as well. We've heard from some customers who buy gym memberships near their workplaces where they go to to shower before going to work. If you have a locker, better! You can store your work clothes there. If you have some space to dry out your cycling attire, ideal!!