In this celebration of the bike commuter we give you some tips and tricks to perfect the art of the cycle commute

At GripGrab we are riders of all types, and we know that commuting means different things to different people.

Across two decades of developing cycling essentials and riding to work through the Scandinavian seasons, we know a thing or two about the challenges of commuting by bike: rainy days, cold mornings, being vulnerable in busy traffic, to name a few. Over time, we developed solutions to these challenges and worked them into our wide range of cycling essentials for all conditions, terrains and riding styles.

We want more riders to experience the benefits of cycle commuting and we have made it our mission to create solutions to the problems experienced when cycling to work; so riders can live out their cycling potential.

Jump right into our curated selection of commuter essentials or read on for tips and advice on modern day bike commuting.

Benefits of bike commuting


Commuting by bike is a great way to add a workout to your everyday life with all the health benefits it brings. It can be a low or high effort activity and most people see it as "free" me-time in an otherwise hectic day. For the cycling enthusiast, commuting is a great way to get those extra kilometres in – even in the off season. They plan a route to fit in various intensity intervals and even improve on weak spots and their general fitness level


Morning traffic is a hassle, it's slow to get around town by car or public transport and parking is usually a nightmare in an urban environment. More and more city centres are working to remove motorised traffic. The bike is always available and a quick and nimble way to beat traffic in busy streets. Parking your bike is rarely an issue and many people have access to dedicated areas in their workplace to keep bikes safe and dry


Door-to-door, bicycle commuting can often be quicker than other options, such as private motor vehicles or public transport. As well as being quicker, cycling to work or school has the added benefit of combining exercise into your daily routine and gives you the option of stopping en route to visit the supermarket, or simply enjoy being outside


Across Europe and the world, everything is getting more expensive. Fuel for vehicles can be a huge expense and public transport ticket prices rise with inflation, all while the general cost of living goes up and up. Contrast all that with the self-powered and almost-free option of commuting by bike and the benefits become too big to ignore


When commuting by bike you get to lift your gaze and experience your surroundings. There are no wrong turns on a bike and many people choose a detour on the way home to extend their ride and explore the world. If you own a cargo bike it wil soon be the whole family's favourite means of transportation for excusions as well as the everyday commute to school


After the initial manufacturer of the bike itself, cycling is essentially a zero-emission activity. It is the perfect choice for anyone wanting to cut down on their carbon emissions, allowing them and their neighbourhood to breathe a bit better


Eight solutions to the most common challenges

Whether your next bike commute is by choice or necessity, urban or countryside, high performance or laid back, here is the a list of the most common challenges and tips for overcoming them on your journey to perfecting the art of the cycle commute

PERFECTING the commute #1

Incorporating a cycling cap and a pair of baggy shorts into your cycling commute attire can offer numerous benefits. The cycling cap provides sun protection for your head and eyes, shielding you from harmful UV rays and reducing glare, while also wicking away sweat to keep you cool and comfortable. Meanwhile, baggy shorts offer increased freedom of movement and ventilation, enhancing comfort during longer rides and allowing for a more relaxed commuting experience.

PERFECTING the commute #2

Hi-vis kit is especially relevant for the urban commuter, but also for those riding on the dark country roads where cyclists are less expected by car drivers. High visibility shoe covers can help to make you stand out and be visible in the traffic.

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PERFECTING the commute #3

When you're cycling to work, it's crucial to remain comfortable and avoid excessive sweating, which can lead to feeling chilled. Layering with insulating and breathable clothing according to the weather conditions is key to ensuring a comfortable ride. The role of a base layer is to allow your skin to breathe, facilitating sweat evaporation. Since mornings can be chilly, additional outer layers such as an insulating shirt or a windproof jacket will help keep you warm and can be removed during your commute if you start to overheat.

PERFECTING the commute #4

Staying motivated as a cycling commuter can be enhanced by incorporating scenic route selections and occasional detours into your daily rides. Exploring new paths and enjoying beautiful surroundings not only adds excitement to your commute but also rejuvenates your spirit, making each journey a refreshing and motivating experience. You can of course also identify the fastest route to work and use speed and efficiency as a motivation.

PERFECTING the commute #5

With a bit of time to spare, you might choose to ride the long way home. That route could see surface changes and more challenging terrain, so you need the kit for all surfaces and conditions. A change of route and surface can mean a need for grip on gravel roads for example. Silicone grippers on the palm of our gloves supports multiple riding styles.

PERFECTING the commute #6

You want to feel fresh when you arrive, and no one wants to climb back into damp smelly clothes for the return ride home. Applying the layering principle, with a baselayer next to your skin, is the sensible solution to stay comfortable during your commute rides. By using baselayers with Polygiene® technology you avoid fabrics that build up bad odour over time, and you keep your kit fresh and ready for the return commute.

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PERFECTING the commute #7

Dressing up for commuting means different things for different riders. A committed performance rider, using the commute as a training sessions will appear differently from a more casual commuter – but their priorities are alike: selecting gear that fits their riding style. Features and functionality combine in the form of our timeless designs to match all riding styles.

Our products are designed to function with your preferred look, whether that is tight Lycra or a more casual style. Our waterproof knitted products are great examples of our approach of combining subtle elegance with superb functionality. 

PERFECTING the commute #8

Wearing short finger gloves while cycling offers several benefits for commuters. They provide protection and grip for your hands while still allowing for breathability and dexterity, enhancing comfort and control during your ride. Additionally, they offer protection against scrapes and abrasions in case of a fall, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable cycling experience.