Almost 70 million people ride a bicycle each year, but only one million commute year round, relying on two wheels, no matter the weather. Unfortunately, poor cycling infrastructure is a major reason for this. But, by enhancing comfort from the elements and safety on the streets, we believe more people will gravitate to bikes. For those other 69 million wanting to make the change, whether it be for exercise, economic impact or pure convenience, help is on its way! To prepare for your commute, here are some waterproof commuter essentials to consider. The following gear list highlights riding essentials that are reflective, comfortable, and all-around high-quality wear to keep you dry, safe, and feeling good on your bike. Yes, it’s a very good feeling when it all comes together. This season, ride more!
Showers Pass | Cloudcover Transit Backpack – $264
Functional design meets waterproof construction with urban cyclists in mind. This lightweight, waterproof backpack with welded seams and waterproof zippers keeps items separate, secure and protected from the elements. Made with ballistic strength Nylon and strong aluminum hardware for exceptional durability, you can be sure your gear for work stays protected. Four red LED Beacon Lights on the sides and back of the backpack help keep you visible in even the heaviest rain.
Showers Pass | Hi-Viz WP Gloves & Socks – $35
Three comfortable, waterproof layers make the Showers Pass WP sock the ideal choice for active lifestyles. The socks’ exterior layer is a wear-resistant knit that feels as comfortable as your favorite regular pair. Next is the Artex membrane layer to ensure the socks are waterproof and breathable. The final layer wicks all moisture and features an anti-bacterial lining. These layers combine to create a sock you can rely on to keep you comfortable and dry, no matter what weather you’re riding through.
SILCA | Borsa Americano $45
Upgrade your every ride carry kit with the Borsa Americano. Made in America of up-cycled inner tubes and neoprene, this stylish-essentials case is incredibly weather resistant and durable. Two internal pockets help keep everything organized and the size of the bag accommodates your plus-sized phone.
SILCA | Eolo III Co2 Pump – $30.00
No one wants to get stuck pumping up a flat with a hard-to-use mini-pump when it’s dark, cold and drizzly. Co2 inflators allow riders to air up in a flash when fixing a flat, and the Silca Eolo III is super-easy to use. Make quick work of an inconvenient flat with the Eolo III.
ABUS | Peledelec+ Helmet – $139.99
Electric-Assist bikes are becoming commonplace in our bike lanes. To meet the specific demands of the E-bike rider ABUS developed the Pedelec+ helmet. The design includes deep temple and neck protection and is constructed with a double shell in-Mold for durable fusion of the outer shell and the shock absorbing helmet material (EPS). Beyond the construction, the helmet also includes features a super-bright integrated rear LED light, and a clever rain cover that stows into a hidden port on the helmet.
Showers Pass | Hi-Vis Elite Jacket – $279
With active and passive visibility features, nothing beats the Hi-Vis Elite when it comes to being seen! For cyclists who demand visibility and extra ventilation, the Hi-Vis Elite Jacket offers daytime visibility with bright color and at nighttime visibility with a highly reflective silver MapREflect fabric, aided by 4 removable LED Beacon Lights. The Hi-Vis Elite jacket is fully waterproof and breathable with a fabric that provides a slight stretch to move comfortably while cycling.
Castelli | Emergency Rain Jacket $129.99
Completely waterproof and compact, and, as you’d expect from Castelli, it has an amazing on-bike fit, yet it’s still roomy enough to fit over a few layers. This jacket is an emergency piece, so we knew you wouldn’t want to break the bank with it, but the only real compromise compared to our top-of-the-line offerings is in breathability. The Deluge Light 2.5-layer waterproof fabric keeps rain off with 10,000 mm water column.
Riese and Müller | Charger (From $5469)
It’s easy to see why eBike Commuting is growing in popularity. Open bike lanes with no traffic jams, plus the ease of electric-assist to flatten the hills. However, another major benefit with well-equipped eBikes like the Charger from R&M is powerful lighting systems. Drawing on the ample battery power to light the road like never before, R&M eBikes all feature integrated front and rear lighting systems for safety and visibility benefitting riders and drivers alike.
DZR | Reflect – $139
Reflective LTD, a fully reflective, clipless compatible slip-on sneaker that makes cyclists highly visible at night. These sleek SPD compatible cycling shoes are built with a versatile insole that performs great on and off the bike, while being wrapped in a highly reflective material covering the topside of the shoe, perfect for nighttime rides.
Sportful | Reflex Vest – $44.99
Offering great value and high visibility, the Reflex vest is resistant to wind and light rain. It features 360° reflective printing for low-light visibility, elastic cuff and hem finishing, highly resistant ripstop fabric and an integrated stuff sack for easy storage.
OTTO Design Works | OTTOLOCK V2 – $55
The best lock is the one you always have, and OTTOLOCK is so light and compact you’ll always want to have it along. This go-anywhere cinch lock is a tough and durable solution to keep your bike secure. The smart design makes the OTTOLOCK easy to use and convenient to throw in a backpack or pocket. A numbered dial means no keys to lose for ultra-quick temporary locking, or as a secondary lock for the mean streets of NYC or other major cities.
North St. Bags | Route Seven Pannier – $129
Commute tested and tour proven, the Route Seven is a great addition to any outing – whether in a weatherproofed bike touring setup or trip to the grocery store. Pairs perfectly with our convertible backpack panniers for ergonomic balance and maximized carry space.