As autumn approaches and the leaves begin to fall, keep your miles from falling with these five easy tips for making your bicycle commute easier as temperatures drop.
Invest in good rain gear
Not only will a good jacket keep you dry during your fall commute, it’ll help keep you warm as well as temperatures drop. Also, remember that rain falling from above is only half the battle – puddles and splashes will just as easily soak your clothes, so consider rain gear that includes a cape. Gloves will go a long way towards maintaining your sanity once the wind picks up, too.
Consider adding fenders to your bike
Some people love fenders, some people hate them. No matter what your stance is on what they do to the appearance of a bike, fenders are a good way to stay dry without breaking the bank. Puddles will no longer give you nightmares!
Fall weather often means more earthy colors and muted tones. But on your commute, you’ll want to maintain the opposite – bright colors to keep you visible in traffic. Fall means the days are getting shorter, too – so make sure your lights are in good condition and bright enough.
Protect your stuff
Now’s the time to ask yourself, “Is my bag holding up okay?” The last thing you want is a soaked computer or book when you get to your destination. If your bag has holes in it and looks like it’s going to fall apart, do yourself, and your stuff a favor – replace it before it’s too late.
Stick with it
Yes, it might get colder. Yes, it might get windier. Probably both at the same time. By mid-Autumn, you might be packing away the bike and promising yourself that you’ll start up again once the weather gets warmer. The best way to avoid that is to tough it out. Force yourself to get on your bike, even in the colder, rainy mornings. Consider rewarding yourself at your destination with a warm beverage – maybe a pumpkin spice latte?
What are your best tips for fall bicycle commuting? Share them in the comments below.