Bicycle commutes look much different during daytime! About a year ago, my whole bicycle commuting world was turned upside down. I started a new job that was 5 miles away instead of 2.5 miles. The roads looked different. The scenery looked different. Heck, everything looked different.

Even the bicycle that I was commuting on was different. I had just received a brand new Tern Link D8 from NYCEWheels. (I sure do miss that bike shop)

Most of my commutes were during the day, but there was a few nights out of the week that I had to commute during the night. Every Monday and Friday, I had to do my bicycle commute during the night time.

At the time I wasn’t so sure how the Tern folding bike would work out because I wasn’t familiar with the brand.

In the past, Tern had some problems with frames snapping, and after reading banter on the internet, I was worried that my Tern Link D8 might do the same.

Bicycle commutes look much different during the daytime

Bicycle commutes can seem very intimidating at first, especially when you aren’t familiar with the route. Maybe your aren’t familiar with the streets, and don’t know where to go. Maybe you don’t know how safe the neighborhood is, or how safe it is to ride your bicycle. It’s possible there aren’t any bicycle lanes or smooth sidewalks to ride on.

Now add some night time riding to the mix and things only become much more complex.

Seeing that I no longer have to ride this bicycle route, especially at night, I wanted to bring you along to see what I use to deal with.

Bicycle commutes can be rough when you have the cross a huge bridge covered with debris and glass. Every night in the dark, I had to walk across the Veterans Memorial Bridge. On this trip I was delivering a laptop bag containing push-up handles to Dads house.
Bicycle commutes can be rough when you have to cross a huge bridge covered with debris and glass. Every night in the dark, I had to walk across the Veterans Memorial Bridge. On this trip I was delivering a laptop bag containing push-up handles to Dads house.
At night, cars whiz past with lights flashing. This along with the lamp posts help eliminate the bridge. But it’s still important to attach bright lights to your bicycle during night commutes.
At night, cars whiz past with lights flashing. This along with the lamp posts help illuminate the bridge. But it’s still important to attach bright lights to your bicycle during night commutes.
This sure is one noisy, busy bridge. It can be very intimidating for beginner bicycle commuters. Whenever starting a new bicycle commute, check it out before actually riding it. Do it on a day you don’t have to go anywhere, and not in a rush.
This sure is one noisy, busy bridge. It can be very intimidating for beginner bicycle commuters. Whenever starting a new bicycle commute, check it out before actually riding it. Do it on a day you don’t have to go anywhere, and not in a rush.
Once across the bridge I stopped at the spot where my Tern Link D8’s chain once fell off late at night on my way home. I had to put my gear in high and spin my cranks to get the chain back on. Afterwards, I had to use hand sanitizer and facial tissue to clean my hands. It wasn’t the ideal way to clean my hands but it worked. This was another important lesson that I learned. Always test a new bike out on a short trip beforehand just in case something isn’t working right or adjusted properly. This is even more important when it comes to new bicycles. Have a professional bicycle mechanic look it over first, such as Bike Zone.
Once across the bridge, I stopped at the spot where my Tern Link D8’s chain once fell off, late at night on my way home. I had to put my gear in high and spin my cranks to get the chain back on. Afterwards, I had to use hand sanitizer and facial tissue to clean my hands. It wasn’t the ideal way to clean my hands but it worked. This was another important lesson that I learned. Always test a new bike out on a short trip beforehand just in case something isn’t working right or adjusted properly. This is even more important when it comes to brand new bicycles. Have a professional bicycle mechanic look it over first, such as Bike Zone.
Theres even a nice little path the goes towards the Seneca Park Zoo. @senecaparkzoo
Theres even a nice little path the goes towards the Seneca Park Zoo. @senecaparkzoo
Of course I wasn’t going to the zoo. Instead, I had to cross the ramp that leads to the expressway that goes across the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Of course I wasn’t going to the zoo. Instead, I had to cross the ramp that leads to the expressway that goes across the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Then the sidewalk that leads to the main street.
Then the sidewalk that leads to the main street.
Look at how jagged and beat up that old sidewalk is.
Look at how jagged and beat up that old sidewalk is. Good thing I use Schwalbe Big Apple balloon tires that are virtually indestructible. TAKE THAT GLASS AND DEBRIS! @schwalbetires
Time to push the crossing button while the Tern Link D8 waits patiently. @ternbicycles
Time to push the crossing button while the Tern Link D8 waits patiently. @ternbicycles
Only to cross the intersection on the Main Street, in order to finish my 5 minute bicycle ride home.
Only to cross the intersection on the Main Street, in order to finish my 5 minute bicycle ride home.

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