So you’re thinking about commuting to work by bike this summer? Congratulations, your life is about to get a zillion times more fun. But where to begin? The insular world of cycling can seema little, uh, confusing to those unfamiliar with it—it’s hard to know what you really need to get started riding.
Cycling, it turns out, can be a lot like high school. There are cliques. There are highly-codified rules about how to act, and about what to wear, and how to wear it. There is a whole unspoken language attached to your bike, your gear, your clothing. Like any subculture, it is opaque and confusing to beginners—and you shouldn’t let it drive you away (so to speak, har har).