A portable tire pump.
A patch kit and spare tube (especially if you have far to travel).
A rear view mirror
some attach to a helmet, some attach to the handle bars.
not as loud as a car horn, but nice for warning pedestrians or giving a friendly
Not all cyclists will need all of these accessories. Once you have been riding for a few weeks it
will become clear which ones are right for you.
Bike Comfort Tips
Many of us have gotten used to the dry, warm, clean comfort of our automobiles. Those who
choose to commute by bicycle don't have to sacrifice those comforts. It just takes a little advance
What to Wear
Many cyclists choose to bike to work in their work clothes. Unless it is extremely hot or
raining, this is a viable option. You can ride slowly to avoid working up a sweat.
Other cyclists choose to ride in workout clothes and bring a change of clothing with them in a
knapsack (you can even get a garment bag made to fit on bicycles).
You may also choose to drive to work one day and bring several changes of clothes to the office
for the days you bike.
When choosing an outfit to bike in, make sure you take into account the day's weather forecast.
Layering is important during the cooler months, since you will start off cold and get warmer on
your ride. Proper rain and cold weather gear is also key, if you plan to bike every day.
If you will be riding long distances to work, you might consider buying padded bike gloves
and/or padded bike shorts to increase your comfort.
If you will be riding at night, light colored and reflective clothing will help motorists see you.
And, of course, you're never fully dressed without your helmet!