I’ve decided that I’d like to start commuting into work by bike, it’ll only be about 15/20 minutes door to door, gets me outside more and in the long run will save me money.
The only problem is I literally have no knowledge of bikes, the last bike I owned was a BMX that pretty much just sat in my mum and dads garage when I was 15…
So I thought opening a thread where people can share tips about commuting to work by bike could be useful/ fun.
For me, my employer does the Government Cycle Scheme and so I’ll probably use that to get my bike, nothing too expensive but want it to be able to handle the Manchester weather I think a Hybrid will probably be the best for me, but open to suggestions!
I hadn’t thought of Decathlon! I’m not sure if my work’s scheme only applies for Evans Cycles (I need to have a bit more of a look next week) but I found a Cannondale Flat Bar Hybrid for £420 that looked decent.
Don’t want anything majorly fancy right now as it’ll just be to get to work and back.
I had a Cannondale hybrid, it was a workhorse and did me very well for years.
Get an Abus D lock, and consider a pannier so you don’t arrive all sweaty from a rucksack on your back. Lights, helmet etc, of course, but also get a pair of cheap cycling gloves to keep your hands warm, especially as autumn kicks in. Finally, invest in a reflective jacket that’s longer at the back, as this keeps the base of your spine covered and will prevent back injuries.
I use a road bike, in Edinburgh and as I am built like and artic lorry (6ft3 & 21st) I am also classed as a high sided vehicle and wasn’t allowed over the old fourth road bridge during windy weather
I did the cycle to work scheme and got a mountain bike, and seeing other people whizz passed you on road bikes is demoralising especially in winter time, tried to keep up with a few but always failed.
After the bike was “mine” I felt the route I was taking was to easy even using the hardest gear going up hills, so I decided to up grade the rear cog to a racing cog and the front cog was about 4 teeth off a racing cog too, had the bike for about 5 years, decided to upgrade to a road bike as signed up to do Lands End to John O’Groats for charity.
Got a Giant Compact did originally have 3 cogs on front but kept slipping so put a whole new gear system on for about the same price of the bike
The cycle infrastructure in Manchester is decidedly “spotty” at best, depending on which part of the city you’re commuting from/to. I would definitely recommend you borrow a bike and trial this for a week to make sure you’re happy with the route!