The beginners guide to cycling to work
Posted - March 30, 2016
So you've made the decision to start cycling to work, whether it's for the health benefits, the cost savings or the environmental aspect you've just made a great decision. But where do you start?
Here's a few of the questions we get regularly asked by people who are new to the world of cycling:
How much should I spend on a bike?
Unless otherwise agreed the scheme caps the available spend at £1,000 per person but this gives you access to bicycles to suit any need! The type of bike is dependant on your commute journey (we'll come to this later), road, mountain and hybrid bikes all have their own benefits and we carry a range to suit any budget.
Does it matter what size bike I get?
Yes! This is hugely important! the wrong size frame can cause discomfort while riding. Our website has a handy guide to show you what size frame you need based on your height and inside leg measurement, we sometimes find that even people who are regular riders use a bicycle that is not correct based on their body dimensions and when they switch to correctly sized equipment it vastly improves their comfort and enjoyment of their ride.
There are so many accessories, what do I actually need?
Again this is down to your usage but we always recommend the basics, front and back lights, a helmet and a bike lock. We often get asked if people need to buy specific cycling clothing but again this is optional. A calm cycling pace wont make you sweat any more than when walking so there isn't always a need for that top of the line cycling jersey!
How do I find out my best route?
One of the biggest advantages of cycling is that you're not confined to the major roads for the quickest routes. Sustrans and Google Maps can provide low traffic routes and dedicated cycle paths as well as the shortest route. People who take up cycling often find their own routes to work that avoid all the congestion points and sometimes make their commute quicker than by car.