The list author says: "In the process of converting from a road riding fiend to a daily commuter, I spent countless hours researching the best solutions for the daily slog to and from work. These are the things I decided to purchase.
I ride a 2010 Trek District with some minor upgrades as a frame of reference."
"I swapped these on to my ride from a pair of hutchinson fusion long distance 700x23s after taking a spill on a slick road. The traction and durability can't be beat. For commuting I recommend 700x28c to take additional loads and dampen vibrations."
"Sleek, lightweight, ultra-portable...Titanium. What's not to love? This fits nicely over your top tube and is coated to protect from scratching. Having seen a video of someone cutting the .75" band with bolt cutters, I recommend the "thicker" version of the TiGr lock, for those who want maximum security of more metal for thieves to hack through to get at your prized means of conveyance."
"It's not bomb-proof (ask anyone with a disc grinder), but it's the best there is. The small size keeps it close to the frame and makes it difficult for thieves to get in with their tools. Use in combination with a thick cable lock to keep your wheels safe, too."
"I use this cable lock with my kryptonite NY mini lock with great success. Again, nothing is fool proof (ask anyone with a hex wrench set) but it makes things very hard. Most bike thieves will look for easier prey."
"The modern aged chamois. For those who can't afford the space to bring a full towel, a large micro fiber towel can wick you dry after your ride or shower and be ready for use again the next day. Also not a space hog in your pannier, backpack or locker."
"Remember, almost 40% of your body weight is being distributed on your handle bars. One of the first upgrades to my commuter was to put on better grips to absorb shock and reduce wrist pain/numbness. These also offer a wider range of hand positions. Highly recommended. The BioKork version looked cool, too, but I wasn't sure about durability so I stuck with graphite color."
"Many schools of thought on the right kind of pedal. Clipping in for city rides is miserable if you have many stops, and mtb pedals have pins which can ruin dress shoes. Track pedals are one sided, and cages are ugly. See a great independent review here: http://www.thecyclistsite.com/reviews/2011/10/12/ergon-pc2-l-pedals-follow-up-review.html"
"I consider these optional for those who live in drier climates like the southwest. These are perfect fenders for a road or hybrid bike. They will cut down on the mud/sand/dirt spray from wet conditions. Generally speaking, a rain suit for the occasional rainy day if you live in a dry climate like me is enough."
"A must for anyone with a steel frame or small steel parts who lives in a coastal region or rides in snow on salted roads. This stuff will keep salt and water from oxidizing and rusting your precious bike. Unlike WD40 it also forms a hard film for longer lasting protection."
"Ditch your crappy stock brake pads and grab some Kool Stop Salmons. These are distinguished by their orange "salmon" color. They are superior to graphite/composite brake pads in most conditions, but most notably in wet weather."
"This kit has everything you need to avoid the shop. Consider it a one time investment. The average cost of a full tune up is $100. This kit pays for itself after two tuneups, not to mention everything else you'll use it for."