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Winter Hacks For Cycling To Work | Essential Cold Weather Tips & Gear For Cycle Commuting


(electric noises) (piano music) – The number of people
commuting to work by bike is increasingly on the rise. The benefits behind
riding rather than driving are endless, the most obvious
being the cost saving, the health and the environmental factors. However, cycling to work
does raise some questions and some potential issues
like, what do you wear? How do you carry everything? What happens if it rains? And what about the traffic? And these are exactly the
same questions that I had when I first started
commuting to work by bike too. So today, I’ve teamed up with our friends and channel partners Assos and I’m going to be bringing
you my top commuting tips, to work by bike, to
hopefully improve the start and end to your working day. (Instrumental music) One of the most commonly
asked questions with regards to commuting to work by bike, is how you carry everything
to and from work. Now, it does take a
little bit of planning, but what I’d suggest you do
is actually try and leave as much at work as you possibly can. Not like I quite often end up doing, and that is actually taking
in a big, heavy backpack which, trust me, really
isn’t that pleasant. So what you want to try and do
is actually take a few changes of clothes in at the beginning of the week and leave them there. Now our colleague Si Richardson at GCN actually has a great idea here. He gets public transport in on a Monday. Takes all his clothes with
him, leaves them there and then he can commute to work, by bike for the rest of the week. So, our advice is, try to pack light and really just take the
bare minimum with you. (upbeat music) But now what do we actually
wear for our commute? Well, I always suggest
trying to layer in a way that we can easily change it,
depending on the temperature. For instance, my morning
commute is often far cooler than my evening commute. So we want to be prepared for
those changes in temperature. Now depending on the time of the year, I often suggest that arm
warmers and knee warmers are a great option because
they do keep the chill off, but then can be easily removed
if things do get warmer. Now I always quite like
to wear a base layer and then, depending on
the time of the year, especially now when we’re going
into the autumn and winter, I like to layer up a little bit more, so a few extra layers. Things like a long-sleeve, a
gilet, a raincoat like this, if it is particularly
cold or it is raining. And then not forgetting obviously,
things like your gloves, your over shoes and a
hat under the helmet, All of which can be removed
quite nice and easily. We layer down if things do get warm, particularly as we’re
coming back in the evening. (upbeat music) Now something you might want
to consider with your commutes is whether you use it
to get some training in. Now I quite like to just
ride into work nice and easy, because I need a bit of time to wake up. And then I use my evening commute to get a bit of a session in and it’s just a really good use of time. But you can obviously do it
which ever way around you like. But this does bring us
back to that layering that we were just discussing, because you’re going to be warmer one way, than you are the other. And also consider the fact
that you may get a bit sweaty and no one likes putting
sweaty, wet gear back on again. So, we want to to wear
some quick-drying fabrics, that are going to dry out nice
and quickly throughout the day so if you are putting them
back on again in the evening. But also maybe consider
wearing a base layer like I was discussing before, cause’ the purpose and
idea behind a base layer is that it’s the first layer. It absorbs the sweat and
wicks it away from the skin. So hopefully keeping the
rest of your kit fairly dry and sweat-free, and conveniently, base layers tend to dry nice and quickly. So, you can hang it up throughout the day and put it back on again in the evening, and it’ll be nice and dry. (instrumental music) Now no guesses what I’m
about to tell you about now, but my next tip is to make
sure that you can be seen and given that you’re
probably going to be commuting during rush hour, the busiest
time of day on the roads. You want to give other
road users the best chance of seeing you so, wearing bright colors as I’m doing right now, is obviously one very good option there. But also, having some reflective patches on your clothing does a very good job of increasing that visibility. Another thing to do is have
some lights on your bike, in fact, in some parts of the world, that is a legal requirement. You should have a white on the front and a red on the rear,
after dusk and before dawn. But I go as far as saying, just
keep them on, at all times, particularly the red rear just to really increase your visibility. (instrumental music) Now this is all well and good, but the main reason behind
this commute to and from work, is to arrive at work. Now you want to be arriving
at work in a fit state, ready to do your job well, rather than spending the
first hour sat on a radiator, trying to warm yourself up. Now obviously you can’t
avoid extreme weathers or massive down pours,
but you can dress suitably for them and something like this, a rain cape can save you if
there is that big down pour. It has certainly saved myself. It’s going to keep your chest
dry and your core nice and warm. Now another thing to consider is actually getting a bag cover,
like I’ve got on right now. I’ve been using this
loads for my own commutes. That’s going to make sure it
keeps the inners of your bag nice and dry, particularly
if you are traveling in with some of your clothes as well. And also keep the bag in good condition. You may also want to
start equipping your bike with some mud guards. I haven’t got any, on any right now, but we are starting to enter
the rainy time of season here in the UK, so I
will be popping some on. That’s going to not
only protect your bike, but also yourself. And make the whole ride a
little bit more pleasant. Now with regards to footwear. This isn’t actually something
I’ve had to consider before. But some of my sissy friends have told me they actually commute
in mountain bike shoes, cleats and pedals. Simply because part of their
commute actually requires them to walk or grab a train. And we all know what walking in road shoes and pedals feels like. It’s rather awkward. So it’s a really good option, should your commute have some walking or grabbing a train in there. Final tip though, is for
your work colleagues sake. To grab a shower once you’re in to work or at the very least have
some baby wipes to hand and dry shampoo and a lot of deodorant. Now we’d love to hear from you guys about your commute in to work. Perhaps even send some photos
in using our photo uploader. See whose got the best
commute to work, maybe. Um, if you’ve enjoyed today’s
video make sure you hit that thumbs up button. If you’d like to see more
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commuter training tips video, some sessions that you can
do on your commute into work, you see that by clicking down here. If you’d like to see how to train when you’re limited for
time, you can see that video, by clicking just down here.

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