How to commute by bicycle

Bike to Work
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Happy Bike to Work Month

For us, being able to bike to work positively impacts quality of life. It’s that time of the day where you can collect your thoughts, reflect on your day or simply don’t think about anything at all.

And it’s really just that easy to start. All you need is a bicycle!

You’re not commuting by bike yet but always think it would be cool to ride your bike to work or home after a busy day? Maybe it’s crossed your mind that cycling not only helps the environment and saves money (and often time); but it could help you stay in shape and burn a few extra calories.

Don’t make a big deal out of cycling gear and clothes

Simply wear what’s comfortable. Depending on the distance of your commute, you can bike in your office clothes. You sweat easily? Then care for your co-workers and pack an extra shirt, pack deodorant wipes and make sure you have some extra time to fix up when arriving at work.

Take a look over to bike cities like Copenhagen. The bike lanes look like fashion runways. Stylish people on beautiful bicycles riding into work.

Pick a sunny day to start and give it try. If you start really enjoying the commute you’ll see that the bicycle will quickly become your preferred form of transportation. And then you can start thinking about different weather scenarios for instance and how to prepare for them.

There are tons of helpful accessories and (stylish) cycling gear to make your bike life even easier and more fun. But we suggest to start with a few basic investments.

A good looking bicycle helmet

  1. A stylish bicycle helmet. Yup, we know. Wearing a helmet is holding back a lot of people from city cycling. But it’s 2017 and there are a protective yet good looking helmet options.

Our top 3 bicycle helmet options

  • The Hövding: The Hövding is the world’s first “invisible” airbag bicycle helmet. The airbag is designed like a hood and made in an ultra-strong nylon fabric that won’t rip when scraped against the ground. Hövding protects nearly all of the head, and the inflated airbag covers a much larger area than a traditional cycle helmet. It sells for about 300 Euros and comes in different sizes and colors. Read more on how the Hövding works here.
  • Radkappe: The helmet that keeps your head safe and protects you from helmet hair.
  • Thousand Helmet: Protects your head in an elegant way. The Gold Edition definitely adds some extra glow to your cycle style outfit.

There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing

It’s smart to invest in a rain poncho and a rain skirt. There are good looking options that are foldable to the size of an envelope. For example the rain skirt by Carooo. That way you can always keep your rain gear in your bag, so in case it starts pouring rain you have rain wear handy.

Everything else is optional and simply fashion. But just like with every fashion must-have and style item, it’s fun and beautiful to have. And why not looking good while riding your bicycle?