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Do you commute regularly to work or school? If your destination is not too far from your Arlington, VA apartment, we recommend making a switch to a more economical and eco-friendly mode of transportation! In this week’s edition of the Dolley Madison Towers Blog, we’ve got a few tips on how you can successfully make a switch to commuting via bicycle.

Things to Consider

If you are interested in making the switch to biking to work, do your research before you actually make the change. Focus on these three things: Invest in a bicycle that will be able to handle the commute, leave at an appropriate time to ensure that you’re arriving at work on time, and understand that cycling is a strenuous activity that requires strength and endurance. Be sure to know the rules of the road as they pertain to bicycles. Also, make sure you have the appropriate safety and protective gear.

Getting the Right Bike

An important part of biking is to make sure that you’ve got a bike that can handle the type of cycling you want to do, whether it’s commuting, riding trails, or a nice ride in the park. If you’re looking buy a bicycle, you can check out your local bike shop for some deals. These shops are a great resource if you’re looking to ride for the first time or if you want to check that your current bike is in good working order.

Gear Up

Once you buy the bicycle of your dreams, the next thing you need to do is make sure that you’re safe while out on the trail. Helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads are all viable options for keeping yourself safe. It’s also wise to invest in equipment like a bicycle pump, a spare tube for your tires, and a multi-tool set. Being prepared and having the right gear will save you not only time but also money along the way. Also, if you run into any trouble along the way, you’ll be prepared to face it head-on.