You may already use your bike to get to and from work, but if you’re more of a weekend rider, or prefer to tear it up on an MTB, there are a few tweaks you can make to start commuting.
Most hybrids are already equipped for the journey, but you’ll need to think about adding a few accessories to get your road or mountain bike ready for your daily commute.
Let’s start with the roadies…
You’re most likely to find eyelets to fit mudguards to on your road bike, but not all of them have enough space beneath to account for road grit. (You want to look for a gap of around 15mm above the tyre before fitting a guard). If it doesn’t, look to get some dedicated road bike mudguards like these, and you’ll be good to go.
Another thing to think about is how to get your bits and bobs to the office! There are loads of luggage options to choose from when it comes to transporting your personal belongings, from small saddle bags for essentials to rucksacks for tech and business equipment. If the frame has eyelets by the rear dropouts, you can easily fit a pannier rack to your bike, or use P-clips to secure it if the upper set of eyelets is missing.
For those bigger items that you don’t want to carry on your person, a handlebar bag gives you the extra room to store your things without having to take the weight.
Finally, tougher tyres are a priority for commuting! Fit the widest that will fit safely in the frame and under the mudguards.
For the MTB-ers…
Specific mountain bike mudguards are a better option rather than trying to fit a front one to a suspension fork which can be tricky. These attach at the rear to the seat-post or seat stays, and at the front to the fork crown or down tube.
As with road bikes, you’ll want to have somewhere to store your things when going to and fro between work and home. Carrying luggage on full-suspension MTB’s works best if the load is not attached down by the wheels. Saddlebags are a great option, or a handlebar bag. Then you can remove them quickly and easily for when you want to get back to those off-road trails.
Last but not least, it’s best to switch up your tyres, as your MTB tyres aren’t great for tarmac and you might find they drag or slow you down. Try Schwalbe over on our site for a good range of options!
Did you know it’s Cycle To Work day next week? Join the thousands of people that have pledged to switch up their commute!