There are a couple of fitness related magazines that I pick up for free in some of the stores I frequent. One of these magazines is Competitor, a SoCal magazine which is geared towards triathletes. In the July issue, there was an article on bicycle commuting gear which I thought was interesting.
I dealt with a long commute for years so I know how frustrating it can be. However, for those who would like to start commuting on their bicycle (which is a great idea) there are specific pieces of gear that can make your commute safer as well as more comfortable.
Below are some essentials that the article highlighted and a few that I think would be helpful as well in no particular order:
1. Helmet – This should go without saying. Safety first and protecting your head is of the utmost importance.
2. Good lightweight jacket – Particularly one that is waterproof and is made from breathable fabric. One with a removable hood or a hood that can be folded into the jacket is a good choice.
3. Pump, tubes, & tools – You never know when you may get a flat so these are essential for repairing tires.
4. Bike rack – Good for hauling your briefcase or other bags.
5. Bicycle light – I recommend investing in a high quality light. I’ve tried the cheap ones and they are too dim for riding at night.
6. Cateye – A bicycle computer for tracking miles.
7. Clip-on bike fenders – Helps to keep water from splashing on you during those wet commutes.
8. Pedal shoes – Makes riding easier and probably more comfortable as well. They are designed with stiffer soles to provide more efficient energy transfer. [source: bike shoes]
Do you commute on your bike? What else would you add to the list?