June 06, 2017

Here are our top 6 tips for a smooth transition to transitioning to a biking lifestyle. 

Check The Weather: It's always a good idea to know what you're getting into. Especially in areas where the weather is ever changing. If you've been in the office all day you might not know what's going outside, if it's started to rain then that's something you'll want to know. Or perhaps it has warmed up quite a bit since you've last been outside. Checking the weather before you set off riding can save you some sweat. 

Have the Proper Gear: If your ebike doesn't already come with flat resistant tires and fenders than that's a good place to start. (Side note: all Blix models come with both!) You might not realize the headache you are avoiding by having those two simple things. Get those, some racks for your panniers ( to carry groceries, necessities, etc.) and you'll be set to go. 

Know Your Route: Familiarize yourself with your route: If you've never ridden to work by ebike then it's a good idea to do a practice run. There might be a route that's quicker and more accessible by ebike that you didn't know about before! Give yourself some time, keep track of things like distance, hills, and length of time so you feel fully prepared when you set out on the first day. 

Know Your Backup Plan: Its bound to happen: you wake up and its pouring rain, or dumping snow, or you feel a cold coming on and you're achy. It's OK to get around another way! Once you've become accustomed to a biking lifestyle don't stress and put pressure on yourself to ebike 100% of the time.

Consider Going Electric: When driving a car or using public transportation you don't consider how many miles you travel during a day just by going to work and stopping at the grocery store afterward. This might cause more fatigue than is reasonable for everyday riding. However, this is something that electric ebikes make completely feasible.

Wear the Right Stuff:  Get clothes that are good for biking AND work but get clothes that you like. make it work for your style. If you have to wear more formal clothes to work, bring a change of clothes. If you can wear something more casual then you have more options. Consider the brands mentioned in this Bicycling Mag article! 

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