5 Tips on How to Ride to Work Stress-Free
Want to cycle to work but feel like it’s all just too much effort? We reveal our tips to help make your commute less stressful.
We get some experienced cyclists to offer their tips for when you come to those mental red lights (wet weather, not having the right gear and so on), so you can have a low-stress commute.
1. Start slowly
2. Map your ride
If you live far from work why not drive to a halfway mark and park your car before riding the last leg?
3. Dress code
“Investing in a couple of good-quality items can make every ride more enjoyable: gloves for cold mornings and a brightly coloured spray jacket for light rain,” says Peter Bourke from peak body Bicycle Industries Australia.
Experienced cyclists often have an arsenal of gear to help protect them from the elements when riding. “I ride with a backpack that has a waterproof cover built into the bag just in case it gets wet,” says international cycling champion, Jason English.
Think safety, too, when choosing cycling gear: bright colours, and neon or reflective strips will make you more visible to drivers.
Bright colours, and neon or reflective strips will make you more visible to drivers.
4. Crinkle-free clothing plan
“Try rolling instead of folding; pack your clothes in a solid container in your bag so they don’t get crushed and pick clothing materials that are wrinkle-resistant,” Bourke suggests.
It might be worth driving or catching the train one day a week with your week’s supply of ironed outfits to keep at the office, ready for changing into before work.
5. Don't sweat it!
If the thought of sweat puts you off riding, consider slowing the pace a notch or two. It’s still going to do a lot more for your health than sitting in a car each way.
After reading these expert tips you should be on your way to making the commute to work an enjoyable experience, and one that gets you fit in the process!