The Bicycle Commuter

The Bicycle Commuter

Types of Bikes Packs and Panniers Baskets Men’s Clothing Women’s Clothing

Whether you ride to work because you have to, or because you enjoy it, welcome to the world of commuting! If you have a long commute, you may want to wear cycling clothes and carry your work clothes; it keeps them smelling better! Also, there are electric bikes to make your commute quicker, and more enjoyable! Check out our list of The Top Ten Electric Bikes.Bintelli Journey Electric Bike
Ecotric Fat Tire Electric Bike


Types of Commuting Bikes
There are basically two types of bikes people most often use for commuting:

Mountain Bike
The mountain bike can be an excellent commuting bike, especially if you aren't doing long distance commuting. It's obviously quite rugged, and may have shock absorbers to smooth out the bumps. The tires are wide and knobby; not prone to getting a flat.IcanCycling 29+ Carbon Frame Mtn Bike

Hybrid Bike
The hybrid bike is a cross between a road bike, and a mountain bike. It has heavier tires than a road bike, and is more rugged, but is lighter and easier to pedal than a mountain bike.
The hybrid bike is the more popular style for commuting, as it's a little easier to ride, a little more comfortable, and is usually cheaper. What you choose is strictly a matter of preference, and if your commute is more that a couple of miles, or has some big hills, I would definitely consider an electric bike as well.


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Arkel Signature V Urban PannierPacks and Panniers
Unless your commute is in Southern California,
there are going to be times when it would be
nice to have either a pack, or panniers(saddlebags).
to put your work clothes in during inclement weather
conditions. The pannier shown is made for
commuting; it’s a single bag that can be removed
at your destination. If you park your bike outside
all day, it’s a good idea to remove your pack or
pannier, so it doesn’t walk off on it’s own.

The commuter pack is another good option, ifArkel Bug Pannier Backpack
you don’t mind riding with a pack on your back.
The advantage is you don’t need to buy a rack
for your bike, and you can use it with any bike.
Some of the commuter packs, like the one shown
have a laptop computer pocket as well.


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Baskets
Baskets are another option for commuting.
The one shown has a waterproof pack,
and attaches to your handlebars. There
are also wire baskets available, such
as the Topeak MTX Rear Basket, that
has a quick release for easy removal.


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Men’s Clothing
You’re a commuter and not a “roadie”, and probably don’t want to wear the bright identifiable roadie outfits. Don’t worry, there are plenty of other options. Here are just a few:
Louis Garneau Men's Urban Cycling ShortsLouis Garneau Men’s Urban Cycling Shorts

  • Detachable inner shorts
  • Super breathable fabric
  • Removable chamois
  • Reflective seams
  • 3 pockets

If you have a working environment that isn’t too formal, these shorts could be very practical. They’re somewhatwaterproof, and dry quickly. You can still carry your work pants in your pannier, or pack if necessary.


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EMS MuddyFox Men's Waterproof PantsMUDDYFOX Men’s Waterproof Pants

  • Waterproof pants
  • Drawstring fastening
  • Elastic waist
  • 2 Pockets
  • Reflective detailing
  • Mesh lining
  • 100% Polyester

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  • Lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking stretch fabric allows for mobility and comfort; fabric also offers UPF 50 sun protection
  • Gusseted underarms
  • Chest pocket
  • Discrete reflectivity on underside of collar
  • Trim fit and articulation specifically designed for urban cyclists

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  • Merino wool naturally regulates temperature and resists odors
  • Front zip handwarmer pockets, back zip pocket and right sleeve zip pocket with key clip hold all the essentials
  • Thumbholes and extra-long sleeves and torso offer comfort and coverage when riding
  • High-neck collar with 3-panel hood adds comfort

 



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Women’s Clothing
You’re a commuter and not a “roadie”, and probably don’t want to wear the bright
identifiable roadie outfits. Don’t despair! There are plenty of other options. Here are
just a few:

 

  • Lightweight, durable Soma 2-way stretch fabric resists abrasion and promotes mobility when you’re on the bike
  • Exterior is treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) that causes light rain to bead up on the face fabric
  • Waist has zippered fly, snap closure, low-profile locking adjustment and belt loops
  • Reflective details help you stay visible to cars in low light
  • Crotch gusset and articulated legs allow full pedal strokes
  • Hand pockets; 2 zippered side pockets have phone sleeves that make it easy to ride with a device

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  • Unattached universal liner with plush leg bands and waistband
  • Seamless Urban chamois features Elastic Interface Technology and multidensity foam padding; it’s shorter front to back for riding in a more upright, commuter position
  • Covered rear pocket; front zippered welt pocket below waistband; hidden zippered phone pocket on front leg
  • Contoured waistband with belt loops and snap-front closure
  • Gussets at rear waistband and crotch enhance freedom of movement
  • Stitched back panel
  • Reflective side slits at leg openings

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  • Schoeller® 3XDRY® technology combines comfort, water repellency and moisture-wicking performance; fabric also has a light stretch for mobility
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Discrete reflectivity on the underside of the collar
  • Concealed snaps on the front placket
  • Adjustable sleeve cuffs close using snaps

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  • Lightweight Elite Barrier fabric is wind- and water-resistant as well as extremely breathable; soft micromesh inner collar adds warmth and helps manage moisture for comfort
  • Direct-Vent side panels provide additional ventilation
  • 1-piece integrated sleeves can be removed to convert jacket into a vest; stow the sleeves in rear pocket
  • Full-length zipper helps you regulate body temperature; includes a protective draft flap to keep wind out and warmth in
  • Drawcord at hem can be cinched with 1 hand while riding; elastic cuffs
  • Semifitted design enhances performance and prevents fabric from flapping in slipstream
  • Zippered handwarmer pockets; 1 zippered rear pocket for storing cycling essentials
  • Reflective accents increase visibility