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Cycling Hacks You Have to Know Before Starting to Commute by Bike

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.

Related: 5 Reasons to Choose Cycling for Your Daily Commute

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.

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  • Courtney Patterson

    I work about an hour from my office so realistically, this isn’t in the cards for me BUT I have so many friends who have either started bike commuting or are thinking about it so I will make sure to share this with them. Great advice!

    • Great, thank you for sharing, Courtney!

  • Great tips! I never thought to wear glasses, but not that you mention it, it seems super smart and helpful!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

    • I never thought about it either, until insects started to get into my eyes.

      • haha yeah that would definitely lead me to think about it haha

  • I’ve always wanted to get into cycling but never have! This makes me excited to try it.

  • Reeni Geiser

    Thank you for these great tips! I will have to remember these when I try cycling!

  • Candy Kage

    Wonderful tips and something to remember anytime you start off on a bike ride.

  • Love these tips! My boyfriend loves to cycle during warmer weather. I’m the type of person who loved indoor cycling classes, but I want to join my boyfriend outdoors! Lovely post!

    • Thank you, Kiara! I also like to bike during warmer seasons. It’s simply more comfortable (and safe sometimes). Also I find it very peaceful.

  • I LOVE riding bikes but you are so right- it is so important to know the rules of the road and to be safe!

  • This are just the tips i needed, i love riding bike, i feel happy and full of life xoxo


  • I unfortunately work an hour away from my house so cycling isn’t possible for me. But these are great tips!

  • These are all great tips! I used to bike to work like 15 years ago, lol! It was fun, I miss that. But now I live too far from work to do it.
    That’s cool that you have a bike sharing system in your town. I think there’s one in my town too, but it’s just downtown. And I do have my own bike, although it’s quite old (and heavy), but still works well.

  • Alexis Schroeder

    I have a hard time cycling on the streets in Austin. The city isn’t bike-friendly at all!

  • Kate

    I’m still intimidated by biking in the city, but this is a great post! Maybe I’ll man up this summer!

  • Stephanay Jnote

    Oh an follow the rules of the road. It is crazy when drivers go through a light that is for them and just come close to killing a biker because they didn’t care that they didn’t have the right of way.

  • Lynn

    I worked with a man who biked to work everyday, even in snow storms. This would have been helpful for him.

    • Wow, during snow storm?! Really? I don’t bike during winter because of the cold, ice and snow.