Reluctant commuter Liam cycles 11 miles into work in Buckinghamshire and can't over-stress the importance of preparing his work clothes the night before.
Name: Liam Barnard
Workplace: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Tell us about your commuting rig: Just a plain old Carrera road bike.
What’s your commute like? Mainly flat, but a couple of small hills in the first 5 miles
How many days a week do you commute by bike? Two
What do you enjoy the most about bike commuting? Just generally cycling.
What’s your least favourite thing about commuting by bike? When I actually have to ride the bike, I prefer to go out when I like, not when I’m forced to.
What are your main reasons to commute by bike? Mainly to be fit, however I’d love to one day compete.
Have you got any funny or interesting bike commuting stories or experiences to share? I was once forced into taking my bike to work, and at work there are not any showers, just a small toilet. I woke up and looked outside to a barely cloudy sky and thought that in the small 11 mile journey, waterproofs could be left at home.
So I packed the usual essentials, work clothes and other clothing and set off without waterproofs. Now about six miles through the journey there was a huge downpour of rain. Luckily, I thought to myself I have packed a towel so I can still be dry.
Anyway, I arrived at work 10 minutes early so I could go and get dried and changed so I done the usual, jumped into the toilet, had a quick wash and dry. So, all enthusiastic after my brilliant cycle in (I secretly love rain riding) I went to get dressed… But to my sheer horror, I had not packed any pants, I sat in the work toilet thinking to myself “What can I do”.
I was sat around for about ten minutes before I plucked up the courage to put my jeans on (making sure the flies are definitely done up) and scampered over to Tesco which luckily opposite my work is a big store and brought myself some pants and then continued like normal after my small blip.
What’s your killer commuting tip? Bring pants? Be happy and be confident, a positive attitude helps to make the ride more fun!
Are you a British Cycling Member? If so how does your British Cycling membership support your bike commuting? Yes, I’m a member. It supports my commuting by giving me the confidence that if I have a break down I can always get help. The tips in the insight zone are quite handy too.
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