Some people cycle to work because they want to get fit, some because they want to live in a more sustainable way, others because they’re trying to save money on petrol or public transport. Or it could be a combination of any of the above. While any functional bicycle will get you to and from work, what you need to think about is getting one that will make those journeys a pleasure rather than a chore. If you enjoy your cycling commute, it’s more likely to become a daily habit.
Cycle to Work Scheme
Before you start looking for a bike to use to cycle to work, talk to your employer about the Cyclescheme. By paying for a bicycle through your tax code, you’ll not only spread the payment with interest-free credit, you could also save 25% or more on the price of a brand new bike, helmet and accessories. The scheme includes e-bikes and adapted bikes and tricycles… basically whatever brand you want. How much you can borrow will depend on your employer, so make sure you ask yours about how much they’re prepared to lend on the Cyclescheme.
If your workplace is just a bit too far or at the top of a hill, if you often have heavy bags to carry, or if you simply don’t want to turn up at the office sweaty and in need of a shower, you need an electric bike. An e-bike isn’t the same as a motorbike, because you still have to pedal, but you’ll get assistance from the electric motor whenever things get a bit tough, making cycling uphill a doddle. And if you leave the house a bit late, you can speed up without breaking a sweat.
Carry that load
In fact, there are many types of cargo e-bikes that are built to help you carry heavy loads. With the bike’s adapted seats, you can drop the kids off at nursery on your way to work (and pick them up on your way home) or simply use the cargo space to do a big shop on the way home. If your business offers local deliveries, they offer a cheap, speedy and effective way of getting through the traffic that tends to clog up our Hertfordshire towns.
Take the train and the bike
A Brompton bike, so beloved of Tour de France commentators David Millar and Ned Boulting, is the perfect commuter bike. After folding it, you can carry it onto the train, and then unfold it for the final part of your journey at the other end. You don’t even need to worry about chaining it to a fence or finding a bike rack - it’s small enough to fold up again and keep safely in the office (which also means you don’t get a wet saddle if it starts raining!).
An alternative path
One of the advantages of cycling to work is that you don’t have to stick to the roads. If you’re commuting between, for example, Hertford and Ware, there’s the beautiful path along the River Lea. Think of how relaxed you’ll be arriving at work after a commute having seen very little traffic, but lots of flora and fauna. A hybrid, gravel or touring bike is robust enough to cope with both tarmac and dirt paths, getting you to work on time, energised and in a great mood. Chat to us about your route so we can discuss the best bike for your commute.
Advantages of cycling to work
Cycling to work is about more than just getting fit, saving money and saving the environment. In busy towns and cities, there are days when it'll actually be quicker than going by car because you can cycle past the stationary traffic (you’ll feel so smug!), as well as take shortcuts unavailable to cars and other traffic, and get past roadworks without the need to be diverted. Since the pandemic, local councils have been formulating plans to make Hertfordshire’s roads more cycle friendly as they aim to make cycling much more popular and encourage more of us to saddle up.