I used to drive to work (from Bicester to Oxford), but I really missed my cycle ride I used to have in London. The problem was that it was 17 miles each way so I looked into all different ways of trying to cycle - taking train part of the way and cycling the whole way, or a mixture of both.
Now the train goes all the way into Oxford every day I have permanently moved onto my bike as it’s not too complicated. I drop off my daughter every day on the bike to nursery (see photo below), and then go onto the train station.
It’s still an 8 mile round trip on the bike but it’s just as quick to get to work and I feel a lot better. I actually hate sitting in a metal box for an unnecessary length of time - the anxiety every driver shares of being in traffic I also share!
The things which have helped are using durable clothing, having a great pannier on the bike (so you don’t sweat against a back pack), good shoes, carrying water proofs and having a jacket to hold all cycle gear in. Below is a list of things I got which really helped with this.
I’d strongly suggest anyone moving over to a mixed method of transport, which includes a bike. People always say it rains but honestly I get rained on cycling too and from work maybe 10 times a year (beginning and end of day are often dry).
I’ve also researched electric bikes and am seriously considering cutting out the train!
Some great things for the bike:
- Get a Pannier bag (water proof) - this is the one I’ve got.
- Good pair of gloves! (Igot these - sorry - on amazon)
- Good jacket - again on amazon
- Good shoes - I love these shoes!!! Must share in Better living as well. Vivobarefoot. This pair of shoes has lasted me 4-5 years and keeps my feet dry in rain, and looks good at work - winner!!!
- I’ve got the Wee Ride bike seat for my daughter - really like having her in front (we started when she was 9 months old - now she is nearly 3!