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Beginner Tips


Are you new to bike commuting? Have a look through our Commuting 101 articles. Tons of info for the beginner to commute by bike safely and quickly.

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All the Articles

Commuting 101: How to stay fresh and clean at work

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

If you work in an office place where showing up to work sweaty and smelly isn’t exactly encouraged, this can be a major deterrent to commuting by bike. Especially with the summer months upon us, getting cleaned up once you’ve arrived at the work place is important and necessary. If you actually have showers and [...]

Commuting 101: Using Lower Gears

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Recent changes to my routes have meant more hilly terrain during my rides. During this time I’ve used gear combinations which I have never used before. I should say that I never dared use before. For some reason, over the last few decades I’ve come to think of using higher gears as the manly choice. [...]

Commuting 101: Dealing with Road Rash

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

I had a rainy commute a few mornings ago. It was the light rain that’s heavier than mist but not quite a shower. Temperatures were pleasantly in the high 50′s. I’m usually careful of slick spots when it’s raining. Particularly, metal surfaces (manhole covers, steel plates and railroad crossings) and painted road stripes are quite [...]

Grade your bike locking skills

Monday, April 28th, 2008

New York bike mechanic Hal Ruzal goes out with Bike Church founder Kerri Martin to evaluate how New Yorkers lock their bikes in this video at Streetfilms. Bikes with secure front and rear wheels and saddles using quality locks get an A, while those secured with “Craptownite locks” from the hardware store get a D. [...]

The Slacker’s Guide to Bike Commuting

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

This article isn’t for the detail-oriented bike commuters. It’s also not for the hardcore, race-to-work riders either. This one is for those of us that don’t like to plan ahead. Bike maintenance isn’t our thing. We consider rain showers wash-day for our bikes. And we certainly aren’t using our daily commute as training for a [...]

Video: Bicycle Anatomy 101

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

This is an amazing little video put together by Carlton Reid of Quickrelease.tv. It walks you through all of the parts of your bicycle and lets you know what they are really called (as opposed to “that lever thingy”). Let us know what you learned… Bicycle Anatomy for Beginners from carltonreid on Vimeo.