These tips are provided by Matt Long, a long time expert bicycle mechanic and commuter and Sales Manager at the Denver Bicycle Cafe Bike Shop.
“I want to ride my bike more but I just don’t have time!”
Well, I’ve got good news for you! You can start bicycle commuting! Commuting by bike can be easy to work into your routine, and requires no special equipment except a bicycle, helmet, ankle strap, and lock. If you plan on riding after dark, Colorado state law and Denver city law requires you to have a white front light and a rear red reflector.
Bicycle Commuting Step-by-Step
If you plan on commuting to work, the first thing to do is find the route you want to take. Google Maps has an overlay feature that will show you bike routes, bike lanes, and off-street bike paths. Google Maps will also give you point-to-point directions tailored for travel by bike, as well as a time estimate. Once you’ve got your route figured out, you can try driving it in your car (for on-street routes) to see what road conditions are like. Some “recommended” bike routes and paths feature pavement of dubious quality that would be better navigated with fatter tires and a more robust frame, while others are perfectly smooth and would be a joy to ride with a light, fast bike.