a suited cyclist spotted at the Bike to Work Week rally. © Jordan Fischer via Flickr

A suited cyclist spotted at the Bike to Work Week rally. © Jordan Fischer via Flickr

It’s National Bike to Work Week, so for those of you with commutes that can be bike-able, now’s the chance to get into that good habit.

Cyclocross leaves you uniquely prepared for anything a commute can throw at you, especially if you strap some fenders or panniers onto your ’cross bike. Just think: curbs, gravel road section, potholes, road work… It’s all just good barrier and bunny-hop practice that will help you in the fall! Plus, sprinting out of stop signs and stop lights is what Katie Compton does to practice her sprinting—if it works for her, maybe it will benefit you too.

As a cyclocrosser, you most likely already have the gear—bike, clothing, helmet—but you may not have a light, which is a must for any commuter who works late nights or really early mornings. Check out our piece on finding the perfect bike light here, and our reviews as well. Bonus: It’ll make night practices a lot more fun as well!

Let us know in the comments: do you commute via bike to work, and if so, what’s your best tip for the commuting newbies?