A Few Tips Before You Use Your E-Bike For a Work Commute
The number of people who use a bike to commute to work has increased 62% since 2000. One popular option for bike commuting is the use of electric bikes – known as e-bikes.
In fact, the number of e-bikes sold in the U.S. has grown 96% in the past year alone.
There are many good reasons to choose an e-bike to commute to work. But before you begin your first work commute with your e-bike, you’ll want some tips for making sure it goes smoothly.
We’re here to tell you how to prepare for your first bike commute.
Getting Ready for Your Work Commute
Before you hop on your e-bike and head to work you should do these things.
Plan Your Route
Selecting the best route for your bike commute is important. The route you take isn’t always the same as the one you’d use if you were driving a car.
Check to see if there are bike trails available which allow you to avoid traffic and even take in some scenery along the way. Be sure to check local regulations to find out if there are any restrictions to using an e-bike on a trail.
It’s also a good opportunity to see if there are any bike lanes along the way which you can take advantage of. The key is to find the safest route with the least amount of traffic.
Leave Extra Time
You’ll want to make sure you get to work on time and leaving a little earlier than you need to can help. You never know when an unexpected situation might occur so building in a few extra minutes is a good idea.
You don’t want to rush and take unnecessary risks because you’re late and trying to cut time off your commute. The goal is to get there safely and feeling relaxed.
Not sure how much time you need? Try the commute on a weekend to get a feel for how long the ride takes.
Have the Right Clothing for Commuting
If you’re traveling only a short distance, commuting in your work clothes is an option. More likely you’ll want to have some specific clothing for your e-bike commute.
What you’ll need will depend on the weather. It could mean using rain gear, cold weather gear, or biking shorts and sunglasses. You might even need a water bottle to keep you hydrated on the commute.
This also means you’ll need to bring in work clothes to change into once you get there.
The most important aspect of your work commute is staying safe. This means wearing appropriate safety gear like a quality bike helmet, brightly colored clothes, and eye protection.
It also means equipping your bike with proper safety gear such as bike lights and a mirror.
Of course, you’ll want to make sure your bike is in proper working order before you head out the door.
Hit the Road
Once you’ve taken these steps to prepare for the commute on your e-bike you’ll be ready to head out and enjoy your new work commute.
There are many reasons why commuting using an e-bike is a great idea. As you get used to your new commute you’ll no doubt find your own reasons.
What are you waiting for? Let’s get started planning your e-bike commute today!