Commuting by bike - soup to nuts
August 23, 2012 6:33 PM Subscribe
Biking to work. Don't even own a bicycle. I have a month to prepare. Please impart your wisdom on this newbie.
posted by notcomputersavvy06 to work & money (27 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I am an in shape woman in my 40s but with a not-so-great back. I will be starting a job that requires me to be in the office early every M-F and I won't have time to workout. My solution - bike to work. It will be a 10-mile commute each way. I plan on taking my bike most days except when the snow won't allow for it. I'm in Arlington, VA and will be riding about 2 miles on the Capital Crescent trail but the rest will be the mean streets of DC (I'll be heading to L'Enfant Plaza area). I know nothing - less than nothing really - about (1) biking, (2) biking to work, or (3) biking to work in an urban environment. Those of you who have been there/done that, can you provide some advice or lessons learned as to what I should be doing to prepare myself for this commute over the next 4 weeks. For example, specific equipment to buy - e.g., commuter bike for folks with a bad back, lights for riding in the dark on some slightly bumpy paths, special backpacks? Do you go into the office on the weekend with all of your "work" clothes for the week? I'm not sure if I'll have easy access to a shower and I need to be rather gussied up for this job. Riding in the dark? Bike locks? Preparing myself to ride in traffic especially if just the idea makes me jumpy? I'm up for the challenge but I'd like to be as ready as possible. Thanks for the help.