Frankston Trainline Disruption, bike commuting as an alternative

April 05, 2019

Frankston Trainline Disruption, bike commuting as an alternative

TRAFFIC CHAOS

This winter is packed with commuter nightmares along the Frankston Line during the disruptions in April and May, as well as the Level Crossing Removal Project slated for June and July.  Car traffic will be up, delays will be many.

See the Frankston Level Crossing Removal details here

Riding a bike is a great, healthy alternative and more people do it daily than you would imagine. With the right bike and  basic list of equipment, it can be less expensive than Metro tickets, less expensive than driving, and even faster without the need to find parking or deal with traffic delays. 

THE RIGHT BIKE

The bikes that people commute vary from traditional road bikes with drop handlebars to Ebikes and Hybrids or flatbar road bikes.  Which one you would like or which one suits you best depends on the length of the commute, the route, the speed that you want to travel, and other uses you might have planned for your bike like weekend rides with family or taking your bike camping.  Stop by our shop, test ride any and all of these as this will help you make the right decision.  The bike might be with you for many years to come, so you might need help sorting through all the choices and being confident in your decision.

See the Bike Sale List Here  - look for Quick, CX3 & CX4 plus any of the road bikes

We support and service a large chunk of the local commuters who ride daily into the city and surrounding areas.  From choosing the right bike, to maintaining your bike, to getting the right equipment, to choosing the best routes, we can help with it all.  As someone who did the daily ride from Bentleigh to Port Melbourne for several years, I'm also intimately familiar with the traffic dangers, interaction with other road users, multiple bike choices, and the ever-present wind direction and weather.  All of which make for a fun and healthy lifestyle choice, and safe if done correctly.

SAFE ROUTES

There's no reason it needs to be difficult or unsafe when there are many bike riding paths and bike lanes to & from the city, and in many cases an entire commute can be made without mixing with cars on the streets at all.  Check out Google Maps with the bike route overlay (photo) and you can plan a trip on the green lines to avoid sharing lanes with cars.

OWNING AND MAINTAINING A BIKE

We can help you choose the right bike and equipment to get started, as well as advise you on the best routes, then help you with maintaining your bike.  The regular maintenance of a bike would include pumping your tyres regularly to keep them rolling efficiently, lubing the chain occasionally, and bringing the bike in once or twice per year for some regular upkeep.  It's relatively inexpensive and easy if done to a schedule.  Just ask, we're here to help.




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in News

Flat Pedals - how to get the best from riding without clip-in pedals
Flat Pedals - how to get the best from riding without clip-in pedals

February 27, 2021

Wearing runners or Vans on spiked pedals is a no no.

Continue Reading

2020 Cannondale Evo Supersix Disc Etap - Long term review
2020 Cannondale Evo Supersix Disc Etap - Long term review

December 05, 2019

The 2020 Cannondale Supersix has surprised me on a couple levels; It's fast on the flats and in the wind, and the most confident descender I've owned.

Continue Reading

Tacx Neo 2 Review
Tacx Neo 2 Review

August 28, 2019

Tacx Neo 2 Review - My winter season on the best high-tech Smart trainer on the market.

Continue Reading