Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chicago suburbs
Re: Cycling to work
You can get mirrors for your handlebars and helmet - probably a wise investment. And if you can find a horn to attach to the handlebars, that could come in handy. I ride to work when the weather's nice, and there have been a few times when I would have liked to be able to honk at someone in a car.
Cycling to work is very rewarding, since you get a workout and you save money on transportation. As you ride, assume that the people in the cars are not going to yield to you when they are supposed to, or even bother to look for you. If a driver is waiting to make a turn and doesn't need to look your way for traffic, he/she is not going to, and is very likely to turn and hit you. I was bumped once in that very scenario, and I've learned to look out for it. You'll also notice that some drivers are so paranoid about bikers that they will stop in the middle of traffic and wave you across the road. This is nice, but dangerous - impatient drivers may go around the stopped car, or cars going the other direction aren't going to realize you're there and stop.
Good luck, and I hope it works out for you! Be brave and plan for the worst, and you'll be just fine!
~Diana, happy mom to Fern and Fergie