Basic bullet-point tips for new commuter?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by GrahamG, 14 Jan 2008.

  1. GrahamG

    GrahamG Veteran

    My other half will be commuting to work soon instead of walking (it's a 2mile/40min walk). She asked me to just come up with bullet point tips with visual references as cyclecraft is just too much info for her to take in (short attention span!).

    I've got the following thus far:

    - Stay 1m from curb (roughly where car tyres have run).
    - Do the 'lifesaver' over the shoulder look frequently.
    - get in the middle of the lane if very narrow street or pedestrian refuge/parked cars leave no room for cars to overtake safely.
    - Act like you are a car through junctions/turns (primary position), especially left turns, where overtaking is unsafe.

    Anyone got anything else to add?
  2. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Join cyclechat?

    Oh and sort out that attention span and read Cyclecraft!!

    Will you be riding with her on some dry runs?
  3. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    Don't 'undertake' wagons at junctions!!
  4. surfgurl

    surfgurl New Member

    Get enough high vis stuff and lights so you look like a Christmas Tree.
  5. col

    col Veteran

    Always expect vehicles to pull out at junctions,or laybys,and never take for granted that they have seen you.
  6. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Check behind for other cyclists before doing a snot blast.
    Cover one nostril whilst doing a snot blast.
    Cock head upwards and to the side to execute a snot blast.
    Wait until the maximum amount of snot has accumulated before executing a snot blast. This ensures maximum satisfaction.
    Try and wipe inevitable slug trails off shoulders / chest before entering office.

    Think that's it.
  7. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    Decide which way round, but, 1 glove wipes sweat, 1 glove wipes snot……
  8. OP

    GrahamG Veteran

    I'll be doing some dry runs with her so it shouldn't be too bad - she just wanted a few key pointers. Some very good ones there, especially regarding nostril clearance.
  9. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Veteran

    Avoid the basic tip bullets and go for the tungsten tips for better car piercing abilities.
  10. hillrep

    hillrep Über Member

    Car doors open unexpectedly - stay at least a full door width away from parked cars.
  11. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Buy one of those portable lasers you get for presentations and shine it peoples eyes for fun.
  12. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    try to ride at a decent pace, keep a strong and consistent line, check your shoulder and signal and make manoeuvres early, especially pulling out to pass parked cars

    plan junctions early and get into the right lane/position nice and early

    get into the right gear before pulling away from standing/slow start

    2 miles? use a skate board
  13. biking_fox

    biking_fox Veteran

    pavements are not for cycling on.
    Red lights are for stopping at.

    Don't worry about speed or getting there 5s faster - enjoy the ride.

    bring waterproofs, spare tires, pump, tyre levers with you on every ride
  14. roshi chris

    roshi chris New Member

    Do not be intimidated by drivers!!!!!

  15. biking_fox

    biking_fox Veteran

    Sorry - I meant inner tubes.
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