Cycling to work is an environmentally friendly and healthy way to travel. For commuters trying this method for the first time, they may face some challenges and confusion. Here are some tips to help you get through your first bike ride to work.
Cycling to work or school for the first time can be nerve-wracking. People may worry about getting to their destination on time, whether there is a safe place to park their bike, and whether there are shower facilities available.
Lock your bike
To protect your e-bike, including the wheels, it is recommended that you use a high-quality lock. Look for areas where bikes can be parked specifically. Of course, if your e-bike is foldable, you can easily store it or even put it under your desk!
It is recommended that you use the double locking method of U-shaped lock and cable when parking your electric bicycle outdoors. First use a U-lock to lock the bike frame to a solid object, such as a bike rack or pole, then run a cable through each wheel and U-lock to prevent wheel theft. This will protect your e-bike from theft more effectively.
For added safety, it is recommended that you remove the battery when locking your e-bike outside. The battery is the most important part of an e-bike, and doing this also allows you to charge it at your desk during the workday.
Your first bike commute can be hectic because there are so many things to consider. Fully charge your e-bike battery the night before so you have one less thing to think about on the morning of your ride.
A full charge ensures you get maximum range and speed from your commuter e-bike, and you can also power built-in accessories like a headlight.
Depending on the length of your commute, it's a good strategy to keep a backup charger in the office so you can charge during the workday.(Read about electric bike charging:5 tips for Take Care of Electric Bicycle Battery)
Prepare a change of clothes and lunch in advance
Configure a rack and some bags or a rack-top bag so you can carry clothing, a briefcase, laptop and/or lunch on your e-bike. You can also drive and bring all your gear to the office the day before. This makes your bike and bodywork lighter and easier on your bike to work day.
Next time you’re driving, take the opportunity to take all your dirty laundry and food containers home in one go. Depending on your needs, add accessories that let you drag your gear onto your bike.
Commuting on an e-bike may involve riding in the early morning or evening hours, so be sure to have front and rear lights ready.
Some e-bike models include lights that are powered by the main battery. If your bike doesn't have these lights built into it, you can still add some accessory lights. Modern lamps are small, lightweight, and economical; many come with batteries that you can charge via USB at your desk during the workday.
Every SAMEBIKE electric bike comes with a bright headlight and reflective strips. They allow you to see, and be seen, when riding in dim or dark conditions.
Find a shower or shower alternative
Electric bikes can help you minimize your effort while still getting full power from the motor. On your commute, you can choose to rely entirely on motor power, but if you want to get faster, increasing your cadence is necessary. Typically, pedals will get you up to a sweaty workout.
“Where do I go to shower?” becomes one of the most common concerns among new bike commuters. Savvy workplaces may provide changing rooms and showers for bike commuters, but if not, don't despair. Use body wipes for a quick refresh upon arrival.
Find a great route
Every town has "secret" routes that may be better suited than streets packed with cars. The difference between electric bicycles and cars is that electric bicycles can easily traverse various paths and trails and have their own dedicated bicycle lanes.
It makes sense to plan your route ahead of time to maximize these opportunities. We love these websites and mobile apps that can help you find the best places to ride:
Google Maps (click on the "Bike" icon)
Strava's 'Heat Map' feature lets you see at a glance the most bike-traveled routes near you
Of course, if you are still worried about choosing an electric commuter bike, SAMEBIKE RS-A01 will be a good choice. RS-A01 is equipped with a 750W motor, supports 45KM/H Max Speed and 55+55KM Range, and is equipped with a rear rack and basket, which can meet your riding needs for speed, space and safety.
Cycling to work for the first time can be a bit daunting, but with the right preparation and mindset, it can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. By following these tips, you can make your first bike commute a smooth and successful one. Remember to stay safe, be mindful of your surroundings, and enjoy the ride!