Bike Commuting 101

Eugene is a fantastic place to bike to school and work.

There are miles of designated bike routes and bike lanes, and the weather never gets too hot or cold. Not to mention the feeling of well-being and bliss you will experience.

So what do you need to get started commuting by bike? Arriving By Bike is here to answer your questions and give you expert advice on city and adventure biking. Ask us anything!

A Bike

  1. First, familiarize yourself with your possible commute length and terrain. Will there be hills? How far do you plan to ride?
  2. Second, start test riding bikes to see what will work best for you! Riding bikes is the best way to determine what YOU like.
  3. Ride both a step-thru and diamond frame bikes to determine your preferred frame style.
  4. Ride straight across and drop handlebar bikes to determine your preferred handlebar position.
  5. Ride bikes with multiple gears and ride up a hill to determine what gear range you would like.
  6. Ride both and internal and external gearing.

You can easily update the bike seat, pedals, or grips for a more comfortable ride. Some bikes come with a rear rack for carrying bags and gear, fenders to protect you from the rain, and lights for nighttime visibility. But you can easily add these to your preferred bike too. If you want to carry more gear or kids and passengers, cargo bikes are a fantastic option.


The Oregon bike light law is a front white light and a rear red reflector or light. We recommend both a front and rear light so other road users can see you coming and going. Lights can be attached directly to your bike on the handlebars and seatpost, or you can attach them to your helmet. We recommend rechargeable lights as they are bright, easy to use, and you can avoid battery replacements.


It rains in the Pacific Northwest and fenders are a practical way to stay dry and enjoy biking year round. Fenders are usually sold in a set of front and rear fenders. There are multiple colors you can choose from, and we are available to install them.


A rear rack gives you the option to attach a basket or bag to your bike so you can carry groceries and gear. We recommend bringing your bike into the shop so you can choose a rack that fits your bike well. Once you have a rack on your bike, you can choose from a wide range of baskets and bags to carry your items.

Bike Bag or Basket

Carrying heavy books, computers, and other necessities is far more comfortable when it’s not on your back! Choose from classic canvas, waterproof, colorful and more. Bags and baskets come in all shapes and sizes, so bring the items you want to carry into the store and you can put them in several bags and choose one that you like.


A u-lock is recommended for security when you lock up around town. Cable locks are not recommended. Locking your bike frame and wheels securely keeps your bike safe, sound, and happy.

Rain Gear

Rain gear is helpful to keep you comfortable biking year round. Choose from a range of colors and styles of jackets, pants, shoe covers, helmet covers, and waterproof gloves. Waterproof bike clothing is more stylish than ever, so you will be sure to find a cut and color that fits your style.

Flat-Resistant Tires

Anti puncture tires are a game changer. The protective kevlar like lining in the interior keeps any glass or sharp items from puncturing your tire. We highly recommend flat resistant tires to make your commute worry free.

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