7 Hacks To Make Commuting By Bike Work For You | Cycle Commuting Made Easy

7 Hacks To Make Commuting By Bike Work For You | Cycle Commuting Made Easy

Cycling to work doesn’t have to be difficult – it can be a great way to ride your bike and get some exercise in around your every day life. Here at GCN we’ve been cycle commuting for a long time, and have compiled our best hacks to make it work for you as well, so you can avoid annoying your co-workers with smelly clothing again.

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50 Comments

  1. boy poor giver tv on August 13, 2022 at 1:09 am

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  2. bushbeard_ the_great_and_terrible_hermit on August 13, 2022 at 1:10 am

    If you’re a guy like me with shorter arms (congrats on your bench press btw) get a women’s bike. They’re slightly shorter seat to handles and its a little more comfortable for me. Only downside is the gay ass colors haha



  3. shmoq on August 13, 2022 at 1:13 am

    An Ollie-garch 😅



  4. Sean Florian on August 13, 2022 at 1:14 am

    You get to start and end your day with a bike ride. What could be better



  5. Danny Rawlinson on August 13, 2022 at 1:15 am

    Why are all gone video based at people that work in a office. I work on building site and don’t have shower facilities or can charge my lights as I get there @gcn



  6. NOVEMBER5B on August 13, 2022 at 1:15 am

    You need panniers and a backpack
    Back pack for food
    Eat and drink after a long ride



  7. Bernd Barthel on August 13, 2022 at 1:16 am

    To avoid annoying rucksacks on my back I prefer bikes containing a bicycle rack- I hope the translation is correct or almost understandable…and if your bike is equipped with permanent fixed lamps and a dynamo,you just have to check their function…



  8. Nomad Bicycle Tours on August 13, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Only time I use the car is to get bike to start location of tours or going to bike shop ,



  9. Digital Nightvision on August 13, 2022 at 1:17 am

    btw you can ride a bike without these 1980s gay clothes



  10. 7esseanime on August 13, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Really? Shower at work, or hope no one is working, that was the tip? Kinda hoping for actual products to use, ways to keep cycling clothes not smelling damp on rainy commute days. I wanna watch these videos for realistic tips, but might have to watch these, an google tips.

    I want to commute to work in rainy fall weather. An don’t want to jeopardize my health, gear, an status at work.



  11. zivkovicable on August 13, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Here’s a tip. Move closer to work, cycle slowly, get a pannier, mud & chain guards, wear what you like. Get another bike for training & racing.



  12. H arun on August 13, 2022 at 1:18 am

    It is a light pack when you’re allowed wearing just a t, undies and a socks in your office.



  13. Jeff Behn on August 13, 2022 at 1:19 am

    I keep a supply of "handi wipes" in my desk at work. Quick trip to the restroom and they work really well for freshening up. You can also just use a washcloth for a quick wipedown. I don’t have shower facilities available at work and this is a great alternate solution.



  14. CSharp on August 13, 2022 at 1:19 am

    I honestly wouldn’t trust the showers in any workplace that wasn’t a gym. I’d always be asking myself, "Why does this place even HAVE showers?" And then I’d start looking for hidden cameras.



  15. Storm Vowels on August 13, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Hey I’m a bicycle commuter getting back into it after years of car driving. I have used multiple bikes in the past, I really liked your video and would like to give you some ideas as well as learn more from you. Drop me a message and it will be worth it, I have too much to say In one message lol.



  16. fox on August 13, 2022 at 1:21 am

    and you look like a man



  17. nami on August 13, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Another trick is to use tram / train on ugly parts and then leave them with the bike once cycling is nice again. Obviously this depends on whether you are allowed to take your bike and if you are being charged extra for it



  18. jtk1ify on August 13, 2022 at 1:22 am

    "in the office" i wish! getting to sit down after commuting to work by bike is a luxury,
    showers NONE, changing facilities .DESPERATE, cycling friendly management NON EXISTENT
    Dawes ardaznails touring 600c wheelset, perfect mule bike for commuting in northern uk climate
    "the higher they build their barriers the stronger i become"



  19. Tyrone hurst on August 13, 2022 at 1:23 am

    580th comment



  20. William Davis on August 13, 2022 at 1:26 am

    No need to shower. I’m a welder in a roller coasters shop, so I stink not long after getting there anyway. Plus side, everyone else stinks, too



  21. Lars on August 13, 2022 at 1:26 am

    I’m thinking about commuting next school year (Fall 2021), and I wasn’t sure if it would be better to use a gravel bike, like the one that I plan to buy this summer, or an old fixer-upper. I wouldn’t want to wear out components of a $1, 000 bike quickly, but I also would like to have quality mechanics and reliability. Where I live, the commute would be around four to five miles (each way) and on very well-paved roads. The weather is wet and frigid in the winter and wet in the spring., but the summer and autumn are dry and warm.



  22. Beau H on August 13, 2022 at 1:27 am

    I currently work at a hospital. Here is a tip for folks who commute but do not have a shower available. Aloe Vesta soap is a great option. It is no rinse and hypoallergenic. It smells pretty good as well. All that is needed is a washcloth and a sink of water. I use it when ever I get called in to work at the last minute.



  23. Willy Wonka on August 13, 2022 at 1:30 am

    Commuted by bike for the first time this morning. No showers here…which is what prevented me from riding for years. Turned out to be no problem at all. I think I’ll be doing this more often.



  24. undrawingend on August 13, 2022 at 1:30 am

    I’m starting to cycle to work and unfortunately I have to take equipment home with me – laptop and headphones, is there a bag that’s big enough for taking my clothes in and work equipment?



  25. AeroSquid on August 13, 2022 at 1:35 am

    I read that as "computer hacks" ngl



  26. Amir Masoud Niazi on August 13, 2022 at 1:39 am

    What do you think about this Idea?
    Using a Trek Domane sl4 (carbon body – 2,300$) for commuting in denmark (good place for riding bikes daily) ? Is it better to go for the Alu body or stay with low range carbon edition?



  27. Rag Wort on August 13, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Old-school touring bikes make brilliant commuters. Bomb proof wheels, available reasonably cheaply and will carry all the luggage you could need for a month at work, never mind a day. The downside is they’re quite slow…



  28. Mikko Pulkkinen on August 13, 2022 at 1:40 am

    My hack was to start my ride to work as late as possible so I have to race every morning to be on time.



  29. Arbalest on August 13, 2022 at 1:40 am

    dont commute in biking shorts.



  30. Kewonerdk on August 13, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Commuting on a bike with lycra or any cycling clothes, will make everybody shake their head, and think you look like middle age man in his mid age crisis.
    You ride in the clothes you wear, if raining but on your rain clothes.
    Where I’m from women are commuting on bikes while wearing high heels and a dress.

    Hahaha this is ridiculous! I’m 35, I’m been riding bikes every day since I was 3, I’m riding mtb, road, fixed gear and cargo bikes and never owned a piece of clothing that was made for biking.

    Greetings from a danish guy who lives in Copenhagen, the city of bikes.



  31. Rick’s Garage on August 13, 2022 at 1:43 am

    Great video. Oliver is the best presenter in my opinion and by far my favourite. Great dry sense of humour, very entertaining and a pleasure to watch. The backbone of the channel for me. I commute 20 miles per day (10 miles each way) through all four seasons in any weather. Sometimes as early as 3am in the morning for an early shift to as late as 1am going home after a late shift. As hard as it is sometimes, I absolutely love it once I drag myself out of the front door. My commuter bike is a 2015 Giant Defy and I use twin panniers. Totally agree with Oli on using a cheaper bike for commuting as they do take so much hammer! Keep up the good work GCN crew. Thanks for the videos 🤙🏼🤙🏼



  32. Ben Wharton on August 13, 2022 at 1:44 am

    This is really typical of the British attitude towards ‘cycle commuting’, yet Dutch, Danish and many others on the continent would laugh at this interpretation. ‘Commuting’ doesn’t have to mean 20k on a road bike in Lycra followed by a shower – for many it means 5k across the city in normal clothes. Would be better to acknowledge this, and perhaps include some tips for this style of commuting eg. buying a maintenance-free Dutch style bike with hub gears and drum brakes.



  33. LaLa Smith on August 13, 2022 at 1:45 am

    When I ride to work I wear the clothes I’m working in to work lol it’s covered in sweat but…… lol



  34. Pedro Claro on August 13, 2022 at 1:45 am

    "Take a shower Unless you like the idea of having an office all to yourself."
    Say less



  35. Rod del Rosario on August 13, 2022 at 1:48 am

    Smell like cookies ! I love it !



  36. Diogenes on August 13, 2022 at 1:48 am

    6:07 she popped an _Ollie_



  37. Shadow 3091 on August 13, 2022 at 1:50 am

    What if your country has almost no infrastructure for cycling on roads?



  38. Alisa on August 13, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Amazing t



  39. Clac Clackerson on August 13, 2022 at 1:51 am

    This clown wears one pair of socks and one pair of jocks all week, does he?



  40. QuiJa Driss on August 13, 2022 at 1:51 am

    So I commuted most of this last year by bike. I always had several days of clothes stashed in different drawers in my desk. On days I missed someone would cover my spot. For some reason they never noticed the collection of clothes stashed, just the several pair of underwear, which always led to awkward questions about why I needed so many extra pairs of unders in my drawer.



  41. flon faurillo on August 13, 2022 at 1:53 am

    My step 1: find a job

    …that’s not too far to cycle to. 😁



  42. Watches & Whiskey on August 13, 2022 at 1:53 am

    Where u commuting to looking like that the Tour de France



  43. Loud on August 13, 2022 at 1:54 am

    I have commuted to everything from college and work. carbon conscious and cheaper in the long run than the train



  44. Merendel on August 13, 2022 at 1:55 am

    I only disagree with lug all your work cloths in on monday. Unless you only need 1 pair of shirt/pants for the whole week your lugging 5 sets in monday and 5 out on friday. So you get 3 days of going light weight and 2 lugging a heavy bag. I’d rather just have a single lightweight bag on the rack every day. Then agian I work an industrial job, heavy jeans and Tshirt is the uniform and they are always heavily soild by the end of the day. That also means commute shower is optional, everybody’s sweating all day, start clean and change cloths after commute and basic deoderent is enough to keep the smell down. Makes more sense for an office setting though.

    Lights kind of depends on how long yours lasts. My main headlight lasts about 5 hours on a charge, enough for the full week both ways. Taillight lasts about 5 one way trips and normaly only need it in the mornings. Have smaller spare lights on front/back in case one of the primarys runs out but I normaly can get away with chargeing on the weekend. I do charge at work if I get a low battery on the way in though. Also have a rechargable red light imbeded in my helmet that can go a couple weeks between charges that I always use for visability.

    My main suggestion is invest in cycling cloths apropreate for the weather conditions in in your area. Solidarity with the Lycra brigade is not always the best choice for winter commutes. I’d show up with hypothermia if I wore that stuff in some of our winter storms with rain only slightly above freezing.

    Second suggestion is invest in fenders. I dont care if they are uncool with the cycling snobs. IF your area has wet roads regularly they are all but manditory. its a commuter bike not a high end light weight aero racer.



  45. Bryan Edition TV on August 13, 2022 at 1:56 am

    I commute 2h per day fir 40km



  46. FourR on August 13, 2022 at 1:57 am


  47. EX0stasis on August 13, 2022 at 1:58 am

    Komoot doesn’t work well for the Seattle, WA area. No matter what settings I give it. It always recommends the most direct route using car streets, when there’s a perfectly acceptable, minor detour to take the Burk-Gilman Trail.

    I found the BikeMaps app to work much better for my area.



  48. Twan Van Valkengoed on August 13, 2022 at 1:59 am

    sorry but in the Netherlands it is normal to go everywhere by bike. but we do it on different bikes than you. and just in your normal clothes.
    and nobody sweats when we cycle because we just leave on time so we don’t have to rush.
    watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqQSwQLDIK8

    so my advice is.
    take a bike with mudboards that you sit upright on and have gears. and use your racing bike for the weekends.



  49. Kelly Mckenzie on August 13, 2022 at 2:01 am

    I also wear my skin suit and ride my hyper bike to work.



  50. Brian Chibbaro on August 13, 2022 at 2:01 am

    : )