Despite the fact that the Netherlands is a real cycling country, there are still countless cars that are standing in the kilometer-long traffic jams. Tired of standing in a long traffic jam when you go to work?
If you decide to go to work by bike – instead of by car – you will save quite a bit of time. Not only time, but also money is saved: refueling is no longer necessary and your health improves. A gym subscription has become redundant if you go to work by bike.
In this article you can read 4 tips if you use the bicycle for commuting.
Good preparation is half the battle
Are you going to work by bike for the first time? Plan some time to go to work. Especially if there is no shower in the office, it is very useful to go to work well in time. This prevents you from arriving at work sweaty and you can recover from your first bike ride to work.
The right clothing for dredge weather
The disadvantage of cycling is that you cannot turn on the heating and that you cannot sit dry when it rains or snows. So make sure you have the right clothes. For example, purchase the XLC Rainsuit from Indigo on or the Basil Rainsuit Hoga. This excellent waterproof rain suit is unisex and therefore suitable for both men and women.
Actually the most important tip for when you get on your bike: ensure that you move safely from A to B. Make sure that your lighting works in winter, for example. Do you want to be sure that you never go out on the road without light? Always take a spare lamp with you in your bag.
Do you cycle to work with a speed pedelec? A speed pedelec can reach speeds of up to 45 kilometers per hour. This fast e-bike is therefore seen as a moped. Wearing a helmet is therefore mandatory. Make sure you wear an approved helmet or you risk a fine. And of course you risk serious damage to your head in the event of a serious fall. The Abus Pedelec 2.0 is an approved helmet including USB LED taillight. This way you can always be seen clearly, even in the dark!
Tired of cycling to work in the rain? Do you also want to sleep in longer and get into the car? It is understandable that sometimes you lose your motivation to go to work by bike every day. You may find it helpful to calculate how much money you will save if you cycle to work every day instead of by car.
For example, do you have an electric bicycle that you use to go to work? Charging your e-bike costs less than 20 cents per charge and often lasts a large number of kilometers, depending on the capacity of your battery. The costs of a normal bicycle without pedal assistance are even zero, apart from the costs of purchase and maintenance. For example, set aside the money you save every month and do something fun with it, or save for something you’ve wanted to have for a long time!