I have been bike commuting for the past 6 years, in South Arizona.
Take your office clothes in your backpack. A quick rinse in the skin at work does wonders if your sweaty. It's really not that bad.
Definitely figure out your route. But also don't be afraid of it and remember you will find better faster routes as you go. It might be hard work in the beginning, but eventually it will be as easy as driving a car.
As for the falling: I've only fallen off my bike once. It was my fault I was goofing off and not paying attention, I then over corrected and panicked.
Gloves: I wore gloves for a while, but found they were more nuisance then help.
Clothes, watch the length of your pants and shoe laces. I've had several cases of my laces going too long and wrapping around the peddle. The best thing to do is back-peddle until you unwind the laces. And if you have baggy pants they will get caught in the gears.
Oh! and watch the heat. Az 110 in the summer. Heat sickness comes on quick, I'm not joking. I have been out on a nice, easy Sunday bike ride, happily peddling and the next second I'm dizzy and about to be sick. Carry water, but better carry Gatorade, and if you need to, get out of the heat ASAP.
But beyond that, biking is a lot of fun.
- 4/23/2015 1:31:32 PM