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    Cycling to work... What do I need?

    I have made the decision that I will start cycling to work as I'm gaining weight and fed up of it!

    It is a 6 mile trip from home to work (Pretty scenic route, crossing 2 rivers en route)

    I ask you fellow Edugeekers, what do I need to make sure I have for the journey? I know there was a thread a while ago about cycling but I can'ne find it and I remember it was HUGE.

    TIA!

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    Here is the thread.. Cycling to Work

    So..

    - Helmet
    - Lights (aldi £3-5)
    - Decent cycling jacket (aldi £15)
    - Waterproof gilet
    - Cycling tights good for the winter keep you nice and snug
    - all shorts/trousers should be padded if possible
    - Waterproof trousers or overtrousers amazon
    - Bag cover I use this one Tatonka Rucksack Rain Cover from Amazon
    - Gloves fingerless, gloves winter neoprene
    - Booties (BBB Overshoes Neoprene good for cold weather.. but just got some BBB waterproof ones for the rain)
    - WD40 and Oil
    - Saddle bag with puncture repair kit, allen keys, tyre levers, spare inner tube, knife, cable ties
    - Mini pump that you can cable tie to your frame
    - mudguards (i dont bother personally I just accept I am going to get soaked in spray)
    - If you have a MTB you might want to change your tyres to more 'roadie' ones like the schwalbe city jets will add about 3 mph to your speed and they are OK on canal paths

    Enjoy it man I love riding...I do about 100 miles a week on the road bike

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    You will need a thermos flask of hot sweet tea. Kendal Mint Cake. Some extra waterproof layers and a change of socks. Best to pack a snow shovel if it's cold, Sun tan lotion if it's hot. Extra battery or charger for phone. Signal flares, a compass and a penknife of course.

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    A bike.

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    I agree with that list but if you are going to be riding in the dark in places where there is no lighting (Country roads, cycle tracks etc) you want to spend a bit more than £3-4 on cycle lights. I've got a couple of these and by heck they're bright!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disaster View Post
    Signal flares, a compass and a penknife of course.
    Sounds like some Bear Grylls business!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackCPickup View Post
    A bike.
    I'm pretty sure I have that one sorted, cheers!

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    A Bike?......

    I cycle in shorts and tshirt in all weathers except wet then I have a light weight waterproof.

    Find out what is best for you in clothes wise as ive tried all sorts and get too hot if i layer up.

    Also at the other end you may want a wash kit and antiperspirant so if dirty/wet can get cleaned up etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackCPickup View Post
    A bike.
    beat me to it!

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    I always have a change of clothes in my Office so that's covered. I'll definitely get some decent lights and repair kit for the bike though.

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    I find riding with a pannier more comfortable that a rucksack.

    Good to have being seen lights and a very bright front light.

    Don't forget to Strava your rides!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlw123 View Post
    I find riding with a pannier more comfortable that a rucksack.
    The idea is that I wont have to carry anything such as laptop etc other than phone, keys etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griff View Post
    Here is the thread.. Cycling to Work

    So..

    - Helmet
    - Lights (aldi £3-5)
    - Decent cycling jacket (aldi £15)
    - Waterproof gilet
    - Cycling tights good for the winter keep you nice and snug
    - all shorts/trousers should be padded if possible
    - Waterproof trousers or overtrousers amazon
    - Bag cover I use this one Tatonka Rucksack Rain Cover from Amazon
    - Gloves fingerless, gloves winter neoprene
    - Booties (BBB Overshoes Neoprene good for cold weather.. but just got some BBB waterproof ones for the rain)
    - WD40 and Oil
    - Saddle bag with puncture repair kit, allen keys, tyre levers, spare inner tube, knife, cable ties
    - Mini pump that you can cable tie to your frame
    - mudguards (i dont bother personally I just accept I am going to get soaked in spray)
    - If you have a MTB you might want to change your tyres to more 'roadie' ones like the schwalbe city jets will add about 3 mph to your speed and they are OK on canal paths

    Enjoy it man I love riding...I do about 100 miles a week on the road bike
    He's biking 6 miles not a century!

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    A 12 mile round trip is very do-able. Don't over complicate it to start with or spend loads of dosh until you know that you like it and will keep it up. You may decide only to do a couple of days a week on the bike which will still be beneficial to you.

    A rucksack will do you at first and leave a change of clothes and a towel and wash bits at work just in case the weather catches you out one day. You don't need to carry water for such a short journey but i do recommend a spare tube, pump and multi-tool. All that should fit in a reasonable sized saddle bag.

    Go here for great cycling advice: CycleChat Cycling Forum - Road Bikes, Cycle Rides, Commuting

    Good luck with it, Ive lost nearly two stone since i got on my bike.

    Oh one more thing, A HELMET and HI VIS is a must, it wont protect you from all idiots on the road but it helps.
    Last edited by Cablers_JonPaul; 4th June 2014 at 11:26 AM.

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    At it's most basic (and possibly miserable) Bike, Lights, Helmet, Lock, Rucksack, Change of clothes.

    Small improvement: Good waterproofs (I use Endura)

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    I'd just go with some high vis stuff wicking t-shirt/long sleeved top, shorts and a very light waterproof jacket. I hate cycling with a rucksack so I fit a rack and strap a bag onto that - you don't really need expensive panniers. I keep a change of clothes at work and luckily am able to shower and change here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommej View Post
    He's biking 6 miles not a century!
    haha sorry got over excited..

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