Bike Commuting - Where to Start

Sitting in traffic sucks. A bike ride to work or school is a great way to unwind, burn some calories and beat the traffic. A checklist helps make it easy. Below is a solid list to consider when starting to commute by bike.

  • Bike tune-ups - Just like your car, bikes ride better with a little TLC from your local bike shop
  • Bike locks - You get what you pay for in locks, so pay more 
  • Safety Gear - Helmet, gloves, glasses
  • Cycling Apparel - Proper jacket, layers, shoes, rain gear 
  • Gadgets - Front and rear lights, bell
  • Work Garments - Remember the little things like socks, underwear, belt, accessories
  • Toiletries - Clean up when you get there, commuting can be a dirty job
  • Plan your route - Try to avoid congested areas, find the best bike routes on Google maps (If you ride in traffic, understand the traffic flow and the rules of the road)

Commuter Series for Beginners

Getting on the bike for your first work commute can be intimidating. Its always good to hear a few tips from someone who has been at it for awhile. We asked a long time friend of Two Wheel Gear and veteran bike commuter, Dave Norris to give everyone a run through the basics of cycling to the office. 

1. What to wear on your bike commute


2. Fenders can save you a lot of grief 

3. The basic tools to take on your commute

Cycling Advocacy & Sustainability Groups We Support

We are a proud supporters of local, provincial, and national cycling initiatives and advocacy groups in Canada and the United States. Explore the following cycling groups for a wealth of knowledge in bike initiatives paving the way in North America.

Commuting Blogs,Tips & Awesome Things to Read

Here are some of our favourite resources for gear reviews, new ways to carry things, bike commuting chatter and general resources for fixing your bike.

Route Planning and Mapping Resources 

Every bike commute starts with a plan on how to get there. This is one of the most basic but essential steps in starting to commute by bike. Finding a good route and tracking your progress is one of the most enjoyable parts of the journey. There is loads of new technology out there on how to best map and record your ride. From the super basic and free applications to more advanced ways to document your travels. Below are some of our favourites.