Beginner’s guide to riding a bike to work
Whether you're a regular rider or haven't been on two wheels since you were a kid, now is as good a time as ever to rediscover the joy of riding a bike.
Riding to work is not only a convenient and cost-effective mode of transport, it’s also a low-impact activity, making it ideal for people of all fitness levels. But if it’s been a while since you last dusted off the old two-wheeler, riding a bike is as easy as, er, riding a bike.
Biketober, a fun, free, and friendly biking challenge presented by Love to Ride and RACV, is the ideal excuse to get back on your bike on the way to work. The Biketober program is free for workplaces in the City of Melbourne and available at a 50% discount for businesses located in other local government areas. Plus, by registering for Biketober, all participants will receive their first year of RACV Bike Assist for free.
So, if you’re planning to make cycling a regular part of your daily commute, here are our top tips for beginners.
Choose the right bike for you
Getting the right bike to suit you makes all the difference when it comes to enjoying a ride. If you’re planning to commute to work or are spending most of your time on the road or a bike path, either a hybrid or a road bike is going to be your best bet, with skinny tyres and a light frame getting you around quickly.
When buying your bike, it’s important to make sure you get the right size. Head to your local bike shop to make sure you get a bike that fits you and your needs. And, if you don't want to commit to outlaying the cost for a new bike, buy one second-hand or even try restoring one you might have gathering dust in the shed