Bike: Rove LTD
Commute: one way 12km d+100m
Route: quickest bike path asphalt route in the morning/ extended route gravel rides every noon if there is time
Rides per week: 2-3 depending on the weather
Motivation: beat my boss in the commuter challange/ love riding bikes too much
Location: Upper Bavaria (Germany)
Bike: Honky Tonk or Jake the Snake
Commute: one way 11km d+150m
Route: quietest path or route in the morning/ extended road or gravel rides every noon if there is time
Rides per week: 3-4 depending on the weather and the planning
Motivation: Like to see the sunrise / love riding bikes too much
Location: Fribourg (Switzerland)
- Preprare your kit / everything the night before
- Have a little frame or bar bag with a repair kit and to put stuff like gloves, buff, keys, phone, and lock when riding.
- Have good riding glasses that you can use in the morning when it’s dark and also at noon when the sun is out
- Double-check the weather to avoid a rainy surprise or too cold fingers
- Store some breakfast at work so you don’t have to carry it (you will be hungrier after riding)
- Lock your bike lock at the bike garage at work so you don’t have to carry it each time
- Take a spare t-shirt with you and leave a pair of casual shoes at work
- Put some bigger tires on the road bike and fenders
- Install a bag rack to carry stuff which is really cool in summer when you don’t want to have anything on your back.
- Always have a “buff” as it takes no space and allows to be comfortable with temperature variations
- Always wear a helmet
- Use good lighting so you can be seen
- Start a commuter challenge with your colleagues for extra motivation
- What better way to start the day than by riding with the sunrise and feeling the first rays?
- Try different routes, even if you know your way around you can always find some shortcuts or new unknown paths
- Avoid roads with cars or lots of traffic, and try to get a whole bike path or even some gravel stretches to yourself because no one is awake.
- Don’t be in a hurry in the morning. Take a little more time to ride at a comfortable pace and enjoy the moment #itsnotarace
- If the distance is too long, it may be possible to combine the bike with the train or other public transport
- You have always something to tell/ a small talk topic with other bike interested colleagues and you’ll earn respect from your colleagues
- On the way back from work it is possible to extend the journey to make a small tour
- stepping onto the bike after work is a way bigger stress relief than sitting in the car in the traffic jam
- right after you leave the doorstep of the office you immediately do what you love the most
And so on… don’t wait to long and have fun!