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5 Problems People Who Commute by Bike Will Understand

Cycling to work, school, university or just for fun is one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s an inexpensive way to get around, and staying fit is just one of the many benefits a bike offers.

But that’s not to say it doesn’t have its flaws. If you commute on a bike, you may just recognise some of these everyday problems…

The weather

In the car, the bus, or the tube, a bit of rain is, at best, a minor inconvenience. To most, it involves a quick dash from your car to the lovely, warm, dry office. On a bike, it’s a different story.

It’s never predictable, and you’re almost never properly attired. It can ruin your day before you’ve even had a chance to sit at your desk. And worse, it can lead to some terrible, unfair assumptions which are totally NOT true.

And when it does rain, it’s a little… obvious.

Your wardrobe

It’s all very well when you first start cycling: bags are packed at the beginning of the week, and you know exactly what shirt you’ll be wearing on Thursday. And then life gets in the way, and you find yourself with one clean t-shirt on a Sunday evening, or having used your last pair of clean trousers after a particularly-stormy ride in.

Either way, your office starts to look like a horrific combination of the London Fashion Show and Tour de France.

You come up with novel ways to store your clothes, or dry them out. Like taking up an entire meeting room.

And you just become used to walking round your office without shoes on.

Personal hygiene

Cycling can be… sweaty. With the best will in the world, it’s not often you get off your bike smelling of roses. Sometimes all it takes is a sunny day, an extra five minutes spent in bed, or some unnecessary sprinting, and you’ll turn up to work drenched.

Luckily, there is a solution. Wet Wipes. We’re such big fans, we dedicated one of our A-Z of Cycling to them.  And others are too.


Cycling to work isn’t about beating every other cyclist on the road. Maybe you can challenge yourself, and beat your own personal best.

A new personal best on national bike to work day…

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But it should never be a competition.

‘Bike’ lanes

Bike lanes stopped being a source of frustration for cyclists years ago. Now they are only for our amusement.

They’re not really for bikes anyway. They’re just somewhere convenient to cars to park.

And on the off chance a cyclist actually gets to use one, pedestrians decide they want in on the fun too.

What cycling commuter problems do you have to add?

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Cycle SOS
Cycle SOS only deal with cycle accident claims. We understand cyclists, and believe that cyclists have the right to be safe on the roads. Cycle SOS The Cyclists National Helpline is made up of a highly trained team of specialist personal injury cycling lawyers that have recovered millions of pounds for people making bicycle accident claims.