Well here goes. This blog goes out to all you commuters out there and yes I do commute to work on the bike now and again.
This is my list of essential products that I think are a must have in my apparel.First up is a good ruck sack. One that sits comfortable on the back with some padding and support in the right places, I reckon they also need plenty of pockets to store essentials for the bike as well as yourself. I found the dhb Luggit Slice 30L Rucksack.
Big enough to fit a pair of shoes in with your clothes as well as a nice sleeve to fit a laptop, and a front compartment easily accessible to fit your pump spare tube and a set of Allen keys. I found the straps comfortable and very adjustable to fit anyone. With too hand side mesh pockets for drinks bottles and a nice elasticated front flap that you can place your waterproof. With side webbing that you can then compress the whole bag to make it nice and as small as possible. Also we all get caught out on the commute at some time with rain, its basic. The best bit is the built in pull out rain cover that fits over the whole rucksack.
Another essential product is a good waterproof. My pick for this is not a full on bike waterproof but the dhb Sync Waterproof Jacket, the reason i think this is an essential for the commuter is that its practical works great on and off the bike and looks great at the same time. The long cut on the back covers your rear while riding but doesn’t look silly while wearing it out and about, the hood is spot on too granted it can rustle in the wind but what jacket doesn’t, with 3 pockets to store your phone, wallet, iPod and whatever they remain out of the rain. The handy drawstrings are also great to stop the cold wind getting in and help keep you nice and snug.
Another one of my essential items is a set of mudguards. No one likes the rain especially when it’s thrown up off your tires while riding to work, it just gets you dirty before work and no one likes that. My choice of mudguards is the Crud Road Racer Mk2 Mudguard Set, the reason for this choice is that they are so easy to fit to any bike and they work brilliantly.
The do just what you want and aren’t massively bulky and look good. They are fixed by 2 little brackets on each guard and 2 cable ties. They are so easy to put on and take off after the brackets are fitted it’s just a matter of 2 plastic bolts and cutting a cable tie.
My last essential item is a good mini pump, if you’re like me and leave just enough time to get to where you’re going and the puncture gods aren’t on your side. There’s nothing worse than your pump not working. My choice of pump as a commuter or as a general rider is the Lezyne Alloy Drive CFH Pump with CO2 Cartridge, the reason I have picked this pump is because you can also use a c02 canister to top up the pressure. When I puncture I tend to use the pump to get the bulk of air in the tyre and then use the c02 can to top up the pressure to allow you to get on your way as easily and as quickly as possible.
Ciao for now