Back in the fall, I put together a series that explored D.C.-area cyclists’ views and experiences about riding in the city.
#BikeDC Speaks featured 8 local cyclists– six women and two men. Some contributors began commuting regularly within the last year or two while others have commuted for several years. Thanks again to all the people who made this series come to life!
I initially featured each post by contributor. I am now presenting the series to highlight some of the questions and ideas shared.
This time I’m also asking you, dear readers and fellow riders, what are your answers to these questions?
OK, first question:
What is one of the best pieces of advice anyone has given you about bicycling?
The best clothes to wear and the best bike to ride are those that you enjoy using. It’s not about how you look or how much money you spend.
One of best things I’ve been told is how to shift gears for climbing up hills. Spinning versus mashing. I’m still getting a feel for what works.
Just ride, just get on your bike, don’t overthink it.
Stay completely out of “the door zone” even if you have to take the lane. It doesn’t seem that dangerous, but it is – think about where you’ll land when you bounce off that door. You can’t imagine how quickly a car door opens until you see it happen.
Everyone is out to kill you, but don’t take it personally. Just kidding! Cycling is a very safe activity and we all have the same goal: to get from point A to point B as quickly and safely as possible, whether on foot, bike, or car (or those awful rollerblades and segways).
Take the lane.
I dont know if it’s advice, but one great saying about cycling that I read on Twitter lately – @lkono, I believe gets credit- was something like “Only when you’re a cyclist do you actually wish that your commute lasted longer!”
And what about you? What’s the best piece of advice anyone gave you about bicycling?