Commuting by bike continues to increase in popularity. According to the League of American Bicyclists, professionals are choosing to bike instead of drive in cities such as Portland, Washington; San Francisco; New Orleans; and Seattle. If you want to commute to work without showing up drenched in sweat, all you need is the correct gear. Several brands make clothing and accessories that are perfect for commuters. Here’s our list of biking and walking must-have essentials that will make your commute much easier.
Wearing a regular jacket won’t do when you’re biking or walking. Levi’s Commuter Hooded Trucker Denim Jacket is water- and odor-resistant, and comes with built-in vents and a hidden hood for unexpected rain. Reflective accents give you visibility on your evening commute. Vents maximize your breathability so you don’t overheat.
Shaped like an old-school skate helmet, the Segment Helmet by Bell is sleek and comfortable. It has interior EPS foam segments, so it feels like wearing a cap instead of a helmet. Although it comes in a variety of vibrant colors, the grey helmet will look good with anything you wear to the office.
You can’t get rid of sweat altogether, but a moisture-wicking, wrinkle-free dress shirt, like Mizzen+Main’s Carver shirt, will breathe better after commuting than one made entirely of cotton. This shirt doesn’t need to be ironed or dry-cleaned.
Commuter clothing doesn’t have to be ugly or wrinkly. Companies like Betabrand offer functional and well-fitted bottoms so you can look good at the office. Their British Khaki Bike to Work Pants are water-resistant with a tailored fit and higher back for optimal coverage while biking. They have other dynamic features such as a hidden cell phone pocket, a gusseted crotch for added comfort, and a hidden back pocket, so your wallet doesn’t fall out while riding.
You don’t need a mountain bike to commute through the city — in fact, it may do you more harm than good. Go to work in style on MiiR’s Payette Flip Flop Drop Bar Bike. Perfect for urban riding, this classically-designed bike boasts a flip-flop rear hub to give you the option of running fixed or free.
Instead of lugging around extra shoes in your backpack, step out of the house in the luxe Kursk Pro 2.0 Grey shoes by Chrome. They clip right into your bike for optimal pedaling, but easily and stylishly transition to everyday wear as you walk around town.
- Bike repair: Always have a spare tube, pump, patch kit, and tire levers in your pack.
- Lighting system: Help motorists see you with the Metro 400 by Cygolite, which ensures that oncoming vehicles notice you by emitting pulses of light.
- Transit items: Remember to bring a water bottle, lock, first-aid kit, and sunglasses.