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Commuting Essentials

If you're just getting started with using your bike for transportation, you will soon learn that what will really work for you can only be discovered through trial and error. Your preferred gear will be determined not just by the commute itself, but also by the nature of the work you do, attire you're expected to wear, the season, and sometimes even your mood.

Below are some tried-and-true pieces that can serve as the core of your communting arsenal. For more help on assembling useful commuting gear, visit this article on  blog.

Mirrycle Mirrycle Mirror
$20.00
The Mirrycle mounts in minutes with the wrench that is included. The mirror is a 3" round, convex glass mirror with a wide field of view. The mirror is adjustable to any viewing angle. - Fits inside handlebars with 13.75mm – 22.5mm (.54" to .875") inside diameter
Planet Bike Grateful Red Bike Tail Light
$28.50
With a dazzlingly bright 28 LED PB Power Array and three modes, this USB rechargeable light is like a Scarlet Begonia for the back of your bike. For added safety, it has a CPSC certified reflector in the lens to keep you visible when the light is off. Versatile mounting options allow you to attach it to your seat post or rear rack with the included brackets. - PB 28 LED power array and CPSC certified reflector provides steady, Courtesy & Superflash modes - FL1 Tested - Run times: 5 hrs (steady – 20 lm), 9 hrs (Courtesy – 6-18 lm) and up to 30 hrs (Superflash - 20 lm) - Provide 160-degrees of visibility - Highly visible, even in daylight - Dust and water resistance rated to IP65 standard - 700 mAh lithium polymer battery charges in 2.5 hours with micro USB cable (included) - Includes rear rack and seat post mounts plus clip mount for multiple mounting options - 65 grams
Planet Bike Eco Rack
$35.00
Planet Bike's Eco Rack is made of oversize tubular 6061-aluminum for maximum strength and stability. It's designed to provide complete heel clearance when you install packs. And, the pre-installed rack hardware makes it a cinch to mount the Eco Rack to your bike, too. This rack fits most road, mountain and hybrid bicycles and even includes a built-in platform, which doubles as a mini-fender on rainy rides.
Continental Town & Country 26-inch
$36.00
Continental's Town & Country is a durable workhorse on and off the road, built for stability, traction, and value. Police bike squadrons throughout the world use the Town & Country because of its puncture resistance, high mileage and low rolling resistance. The slick center rolls smoothly on pavement and the recessed tread offers control in the corners.
Continental Contact Plus 700C
$45.00
No fear of bedeviling flats! - Plus Breaker lining and a highly visible reflective side wall for increased safety - One of the most popular and frequently used bike tyres anywhere
Topeak Road Morph G
$45.00
Topeak's Road Morph G is the perfect answer for riders who've had trouble deciding if they want a frame or floor pump. The Road Morph is both! For maximum pumping power, it features a high-volume aluminum barrel, a fold-out base, a long hose with built-in gauge and a T-handle. Of course, it fits Presta and Schrader valves and a frame mount is included, too.
Serfas USL-500 E-Lume 500
$50.00
The Serfas E-Lume Series light line was developed to be the best on the market at the very best value. These headlights will meet and exceed their expected lumen output while offering you all the features you've come to enjoy from Serfas lighting. - Compact Lightweight Aluminum Design - Super Bright (500 Lumens) Output - Water Resistant Rating: IPX4 - 3 Level Battery Life Indicator - Last Mode Memory - Max Charges Rate of 700mA - Charges from Dead to Fully Charge in 3.25 hours (Using 700mA Rated Charger) - Solid Modes: Overdrive: (500 Lumens): 2.5 hrs, High (200 Lumens): 3.5 hrs, Medium (100 Lumens): 7 hrs, Low (50 Lumens): 14.5 hrs - Flash Modes: Daytime Flash (500 Lumens): 25 hrs, Low Flash (100 Lumens): 20 hrs - Weight: 162 Grams with Bracket - Battery: LG 1-Cell Li-Ion, 2200mAh Includes: - Micro USB Cord - Handlebar Mount
Serfas Pannier Double Bag
$55.00
Serfas Pannier Bags are stylish, high quality, and the most affordable way to add a ton of storage to your ride. Perfect for commuting to work, busy students biking to class, or just a lazy Sunday aimlessly riding around town stopping in at some of your favorite local spots. It's made of water-resistant 300D Polyester material, has a carrying capacity of 36L (18L per side), and is deck ready for mounting to a rear rack. - Quick Access Flip-Top Closure With Single Buckle (x2) - Webbed Nylon Top Carry Loop (x2) - Durable Reinforced Bag Edges and Stiffened Wheel-Facing Bag Panel - Convenient Left and Right Side Safety Light Attachment Loop - Silver Reflective Safety Stripes (Rear-Facing When Mounted To Bike), Reflective Serfas Logo - External Zippered Flap Pocket With Protected Zipper (x2) - Dimensions: 15" (Top Width) x 15.25" (Height) x 12.5" (Bottom Width) - 6" Wide Connecting Center Attachment Panel - Weight: 1074g / 37.9oz
Kryptonite New-U KryptoLok Standard w/ Flex
$58.95
Constantly improving. Kryptonite's New-U generation of U-Locks features a patent-pending double deadbolt design, anti-rotation capability, sliding dust covers, and an updated, modern design. The KryptoLok has a security rating of 6/10 making it a great choice for quick urban stops or longer suburban stops. Specifications & Features: - 6/10 security rating - 12.7mm hardened PERFORMANCE STEEL SHACKLE - Patent-pending HARDENED DOUBLE DEADBOLT DESIGN gives additional protection against twist attacks - HIGH SECURITY DISC-STYLE CYLINDER is pick and drill resistant - Includes 2 STAINLESS STEEL KEYS, with ergonomic design to reduce the amount of torque, and keep them from bending or breaking - Includes 4’ KRYPTOFLEX DOUBLE LOOPED CABLE for securing front wheel or accessories - Includes FLEXFRAME-U BRACKET providing convenient multi-location u-lock transport - Protective vinyl coating - Key Safe Program - Product dimensions: 4” x 9” (10.2cm x 22.9cm) - Product weight: 3.65 lbs (1.66 kgs)
ABUS Nutfix Quick Release Wheel Locks
$70.00
Don't come back to your locked bike only to find a sad frame missing its wheels and saddle. ABUS's NutFix system protects wheels and seat posts against theft using a physical trick. Thieves don't know the trick, but you do, so you can open them with a standard wrench. - Includes quick release skewers and axle nuts, sold in pairs to secure both wheels. - Skewers length: 120mm front; 150mm rear (for 100mm and 135mm O.L.D.)
Planet Bike Cascadia ALX Fenders
$74.99
- Rugged 6061 aluminum construction is corrosion resistant - 100mm mudflaps provide ultimate coverage and are double-riveted for durability - Hardware is all stainless-steel and pre-installed for hassle-free mounting - V-stays for added stability - Disc brake compatible - 50mm width - Release Tabs on front fender for added safety - Meets EN test standards
Kali Protectives Central
$85.00
Stylish and functional urban protection. Whether it's tackling the daily commute or enjoying city nightlife by bike, the Central is a helmet purpose-built for exploring the heart of your asphalt jungle. Plentiful venting, integrated visor, and flashing rear light keeps you cool, covered, and visible while on the move. - Technology: Composite Fusion - Features: USB Chargeable Rear Flashing Safety Light, Anti-Microbial Pads - Material: PC Shell, EPS Foam - Vents: 17 - Weight: 346g / 12.2oz - Certification: EN 1078, CPSC - Intended Use: Commute, Recreational - Small/Medium = 54 – 58cm - Large/X-Large = 58 – 62cm
Banjo Brothers Commuter Backpack
$89.99 - $94.99
Banjo Brothers makes the Commuter Backpack for riders who go out everyday, in any weather. Its roll-top outer is made from ballistic nylon with a welded-seam liner that's utterly waterproof. Wide, padded straps evenly distribute weight comfortably on the bike or off, while chest and waist straps add stability. It sits low on the back to reduce blind spots. And, there are two quick-access side pockets, organizing pockets, a shoulder-strap-mounted phone holder, large reflective stripes, and a taillight tab.
Hiplok DXC
$100.00
Maximum-security D-lock (U-lock) and cable duo featuring CLIP + RIDE system for easy carrying on bags and belt straps. This Sold Secure Gold rated D-lock has a 14mm hardened-steel shackle with double-locking, anti-twist tabs built to withstand the toughest of attacks. The 1m accessory cable clips neatly into the D for compact carrying. Includes 3 x coded replaceable keys and Hiplok Lifetime Warranty.
Ortlieb Sport-Roller Classic
$170.00
Ortlieb's far travelled classic model made of robust polyester fabric is designed for lowriders in the front or for the rear rack, and is also suitable for children's bikes. With its QL2.1 system it is quickly mounted and taken off the bike rack. - Classical pannier (pair) with roll closure - Can be used individually or as pairs for the rear or lowrider - Sides of PS490 nylon material, front and back of PD620 - QL2.1 system for racks up to 16 mm - 20 mm hook available as separate accessory (e.g. for e-bikes) - Including reduction pieces for tube diameters 8, 10 and 12 mm; with anti-scratch function reducing abrasions on rack - Top QL hooks and lower sliding hook adjustable without requiring any tools - Lower hook rail made of two-component "hard-soft" synthetic reduces abrasions on carrier - Including integrated inner pocket and shoulder strap - Symmetrical shape allows use on right or left side - Can be combined on the rack with Ortlieb Rack-Pack size 24 L or 31 L - Simultaneous use of Ortlieb Travel-Biker possible - Highly reflective Scotchlite reflector - Ideal for use on children's/youth bicycles - Easy to clean inside
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