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British Cycling: prepare for Cycle to Work Day

British Cycling: prepare for Cycle to Work Day

Whether riding to work, to the shops or out with the kids there are some bits of kit that you shouldn’t leave home without. This month's British Cycling advice looks at top tips to prepare yourself for Cycle to Work Day.

Whether you are a seasoned commuter or are preparing for Cycle to Work Day on September 12, British Cycling has a host of great tips and advice to help you out. From how-to guides on what to eat and drink, to the optimum kit and commuting skills you’ll need to be prepared for your daily commute.

Here's a few pointers to help get you started:

Waterproofs - for those surprisingly rare days when you get caught in a downpour. Look for breathable fabrics so you don't get that 'boil in the bag' effect. Find out more on waterproofs.

Essential toolkit contents - pump, inner-tube, tyre levers, folding Allen key set.

Bag - rucksack, courier bag, shoulder bag, panniers - whatever suits your style, bike or budget. Find out what will suit you best.

Lights - if you commute in the dark you'll need a set of lights. Good news is that quality lights are cheap, lightweight, unobtrusive and readily available. Find out which set is best for you

Helmet - although not a legal requirement, we recommend wearing a good quality, well-fitted helmet to afford some protection in the event of a fall. More advice on helmets

Get more tips and advice from British Cycling on their commuting homepage


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