Commuting to Work - Contender Bicycles

CONTENDER'S TOP TIPS FOR COMMUTING BY BIKE

We've hit the reset button more time than anyone would want. We've worked through several iterations of the 'new normal.' Fortunately, cycling is the one constant that hasn't changed. If you're returning to the office or classroom, commuting by bike can be the best way to find consistency amidst pandemic anxiety and what could be a tumultuous transition.

Cycling is a great way to transition to a new routine, be it going to school or the office. While other people are stuck in their cars for long drop off lines or traffic at the drive-in coffee shop, you can spend your time outdoors alone or with your child. Starting the day with fresh air and physical activity is beneficial for your health in the long and short term, but it adds a fun piece to your day-to-day.

If you want to include biking in your new routine, here are some top tips to make it easier than ever.

Commuting to Work - Orbea Optima stationary

THE BIKES

Bike commuting can be done on just about any bike. But if you’re serious about making bike-to-work day a more frequent happening, you may be in the market for a bike designed for the task.

Depending on how far, how often, and where you ride to work, the bike you need will vary from one person to the next. Electric pedal assist bikes are a commuter’s dream in getting quickly to your destination without all the sweat.


COMMUTE IN COMFORT


Comfort bikes like the Orbea Optima and SCOTT Active are great options. Sportier people may like the Orbea Vibe or Cannondale Tesoro Neo. If you’re in the market for a bike that can double as a weekday commuter and weekend adventure mobile, check out the Jamis Sequel, perfect for urban cruising and commuting.


WHEN CARGO CAPACITY IS CALLING


Of course, some of us need to lug a bunch of stuff to work. With that in mind, cargo bikes such as the Yuba Boda Boda or Spicy Curry offer cargo space, pedal assist, and tremendous versatility.

Check out our collection of Urban Bikes.



Rapha Roll Top Backpack

THE BAGS

Pedaling to work with both hands on the handlebars can make hauling a laptop, sales report, or change of clothes tricky. That’s why we offer a range of weatherproof bags to use while you reinvent your daily commute.

WHAT'S IN THE BAG?


What bag you choose is obviously dependent upon what you're carrying. A change of clothes might only necessitate a small backpack. But what if you're carrying books and more? Finding ways to keep your load on the bike - like with a pannier-style bag - will save your back from aches and sweatiness when you invariably spend too much time at the coffee shop.

PACK YOUR BAGS, WE'RE RIDING!


Regardless, we have what you're looking for, from panniers to backpacks and bags of all sizes.

Rapha, Blackburn, and others offer backpacks, saddle bags, frame bags, and cargo bags designed to keep your valuables safe while you ride, no matter the weather.


THE GEAR

Riding to work in any type of office professional clothing isn’t easy. With a bit of planning and some storage space at the office, you can ride like a champ and dress like a CEO.


STAY COMFORTABLE


Water-resistant jackets take the chill, and street grime, out of the picture. The right set of cycling shoes is an absolute must and keeping your hands and fingers comfortable with a pair of gloves makes it all come together. And the right lights bring peace of mind and visibility day or night.


CRADLE YOUR NOGGIN


And while your lightweight road helmet might be a solid pick for getting around, the right helmet can make your life just a bit easier.


THE EXTRAS

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention some of the accessories you’ll find useful. Lights to help you see the road and help motorists see you are a must.


PROTECT YOUR ASSET!


A quality bike lock will keep your bike safe between clock punches. Tool kits, lights, you name it.

ENSURE YOUR BIKE IS IN TOP SHAPE


All that riding you're doing puts wear and tear on your bike. Ensure your bike is in top condition by committing to regular maintenance. Lubricate your chain and all metal-on-metal points. Check your tire pressure regularly to avoid flats and keep you riding smoothly.

Not sure where to start? Contact us and we can get you rolling back to work, school, and where ever else you want to go. Contact us by email, phone, or in store any time.