This is a draft article that I will update as I become a more experienced urban cyclist.
I recently purchased a second-hand bike from one of my colleagues. By doing so, I intend to commute with it as often as possible and thus reduce metro-induced stress. It's also a good opportunity to save time: exercice while commuting, how great of a combination is that?!
Anyway, the last time I owned a bike was in 2016 when I was living in South Korea. And riding a bike in Paris is a whole lot different from riding one in University campus. Now let's go through the required gear for a pleasant and safe commute:
- A helmet, of course
- A bell, for safety
- Lighting, front and rear
- A U-lock. Any other kind of lock is shit. The best ones on the market are built by Kryptonite. I got the New-U - Evolution Standard (model 2130) and a KryptoFlex 410 Double Loop Cable to lock both wheels.
- A fender/mudguard, for rainy days
- Waterproof pants, for the same reason
- Gloves, they might come in handy in case of fall
- Anti-pollution mask
- Suitable clothes to reduce perspiration
A very important thing to do is to get one's bike engraved as soon as possible. In case of theft, it increases the likelihood of finding it back. In Paris, BICYCODE takes care of it.
That's it for now.
Useful links for Parisian cyclists
- Fédération française des usagers de la bicyclette
- Filmer ses déplacements à vélo – quelles raisons, quel matériel ?
- Vélo en ville : ces infractions méconnues qui peuvent vous coûter cher
- EuroVelo routes