The start of 2020 saw the beginning of CIC-LO and as we are nearly entering our second month I thought I would share with you the new year resolution I started 3 years ago which is now a huge part of my life… Cycling to work.
Whether you are new to city life or grew up in a city, you’ll undoubtedly know that commuting by bike is becoming more popular – and at CIC-LO, we’re fully behind this and I want to encourage more of you to get on your bike.
So, if you haven’t managed to keep any of your new year's resolutions, or you want to add a late one to your list that you will actually keep… Why not give cycling a try? I promise you; you’ll be amazed by how much you enjoy it.
People who don’t cycle may have heard horror stories, especially cycling in Central London, and decided that it isn’t for them. From my experience, it isn’t as bad as you hear and it shouldn’t be a reason to decide cycling to work is a no go. The best thing to do is to get out there and give it a try.
That doesn’t mean I’m saying there are no risks with commuting on a bike - of course there is. There is a lot more that needs to be done to improve cycling in cities in the UK, especially in London, so make sure you wear head protection. Our cycling infrastructure compared to other European cities is lacking. And whilst it is improving, there is still a lot more investment needed to build proper cycle lanes to make cycling safer.
How can we speed up this process? That’s easy, by more people making the switch from the crowded, uncomfortable and sweaty public transport to the freedom of getting on a bike and cycling.
So, while the Mayor of London works on that in 2020, our mission is to make cycling more accessible by providing our customers with clothing that provides maximum comfort whilst cycling as well as allowing them to own the smart-casual look at work and look great during their evening plans.
Cycling brings an element of fun and excitement to my day that I love. Whenever I have to get the tube during rush hour I absolutely hate it. I get to my destination feeling pretty stressed saying the same 8 words every time - “All that and my day hasn’t even started.”
I started cycling as part of my commute back in 2017. Since then my quality of life has improved massively which is why I wanted to put a list together of all the benefits I’ve had from cycling which will hopefully encourage a few of you to give it a go.
1. Lifts my mood
Pretty self-explanatory this one. I’ve always enjoyed cycling, so when I cycle as part of my commute, I feel happier compared to commuting on the tube. But it’s not just me, there’s lots of articles on this - check out one here.
2. Keeps my body fit
Again, I don’t need to dive into this one. We all know that exercise is good for us, so incorporating it into our daily routine is the perfect way to keep fit. My cycle into central London is 30 minutes each way so I’m already doing 3-5 hours of exercise per week without even trying.
3. Reduces stress
This is a big one for me. If I’ve had a stressful day, (and believe me starting a brand from scratch means there are many stressful days), then cycling for 30 minutes clears my head and makes me feel a lot better. Living in a city means we all have stress in our lives, but in my experience, cycling as part of my commute has helped me manage it.
4. Boosts productivity
This is probably one of the main reasons for swapping the tube for a bike for me. I just work harder and I’m able to concentrate for longer periods of time when I cycle in. So, I’ll link back to my earlier statement… Give it a try. You’ll be amazed with the results.
5. Improves confidence
Finally, this one is quite specific to me, but hopefully some of you that cycle to work will know what I’m talking about as well. It’s a combination of all the benefits of cycling rolled into one: I feel happier compared to commuting on the tube, I feel less stressed at the end of a working day, I feel healthier so my eating habits improve, I feel more productive. There are so many benefits, and ultimately all of these have led to an improved self-confidence.
Hopefully some of you reading this will feel like giving cycling a try. I feel that there is a lot out there for the sport cycling community but not a huge amount for city cyclists which is why I want to build a community for like-minded people to meet.
We’ll be organising CIC-LO’s first monthly bike ride in London soon so, if you’re new to city cycling (or a commuting regular) and you’re interested in finding out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding the date, time, location, plan for the day and how you can join.
Also, make sure you check out www.cic-lo.com and take a look at our first product, THE LONDON. These trousers have been specifically designed to get you from A to B and onwards.