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Basically, we all want it. Actually, it would be better for us too. And we know for sure that we would feel better if we weren’t stuck in that traffic jam for once. And with the emergence of good, fast – sometimes even very fast – e-bikes, it has come within reach for many people: appily riding to your work on a bike! Here are a few tips from us on how to leave your car behind.
In practice, it will take an experienced cyclist about forty to sixty minutes to cover that distance. When you’re using a fast e-bike, you can obviously reduce this time even further or increase the distance a bit.
First of all, it’s made for active use and more comfortable to wear when exercising. It also feels better to change into fresh clothing that suits your work environment once you have arrived. Bike-specific rain gear (for those few times that it actually does rain) is also a good idea. You change clothes as soon as you have arrived at your work place.
We know that for many cyclists it’s not customary to wear a helmet. But if you’re commuting to work, you’ll spend more time in traffic on your bike and it’s safer to wear a helmet. For fast e-bikes, wearing a helmet is now even mandatory.
Do you need to dress more formally at work? Then you can always leave some clothes in the office on those occasions when you’re coming by car, so that you don’t have to bring them with you on your bike. Shoes take up a lot of space in your bicycle bag, so it’s easier to always have a pair at work. Then you don’t have to carry them with you every time.
Cycling to work is just more convenient without a backpack. Once you’re into your cycling routine, invest in a good pannier (or two) to take your stuff with you. They will last for decades and keep your things neat and dry.
By now there are so many fast e-bikes on the market and all brands are fighting for the consumer’s favour. Arrange to try out several test bikes in one session so that you can discover which one suits your needs best. A range that matches the distance of your daily commute, a place to charge it and whether you like how the bike feels are all important criteria. Our experience: a cyclist who is in good shape will quite easily do 25 kilometres per hour. Do you really want to make a big difference by riding an e-bike? Then it’s best to choose a fast model.
The more often you ride, the more fun it will get. It’s efficient too: 2x 45 minutes on your bike will save you a visit to the gym in the evening.