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Bike-commuting Essentials

M. L. Thompson
The list author says: "I recently started bike-commuting to work. If you live within 15-20 miles of your work, are physician cleared for exercise, and want to make a positive change in the world, I highly recommend it! These are some of the things that make it easy and fun. Some are recommendations from pros, some are hard-learned lessons. I'm assuming you already have a bike that you're comfortable on."
Schwinn Bicycle Tube Patch Kit
Schwinn Bicycle Tube Patch Kit
"Get a patch kit.  Flats happen, just like with cars, and they are no big deal.  Read the directions, apply carefully, and you will be back on the road in 5 to 10 minutes."
Blackburn Flea Front-Flea Rear USB Combo Headlight
Blackburn Flea Front-Flea Rear USB Combo Headlight
"Get a flashing light if you're going to be riding in early dawn or dusk.  These are not headlights, they won't light your way, but they will give cars a good warning that you are out there.  Another rider told me that they are also good protection in case, knock on wood, you end up in court because of an accident.  This one charges on a USB so you don't have to mess with batteries."
Camelbak Rogue 70 oz Hydration Pack
Camelbak Rogue 70 oz Hydration Pack
"You will need hydration.  I like the camelback over a bottle because it's easily accessible and can hold keys, phone, wallet, sunscreen, and any other small essentials you want close by for your ride."
Coppertone Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray Clear Twin Pack, 6-Ounce Cans
Coppertone Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray Clear Twin Pack, 6-Ounce Cans
"Protect yourself from the sun..."
Hawaiian Tropic Tropical Lip Balm SPF 45+ Sunscreen
Hawaiian Tropic Tropical Lip Balm SPF 45+ Sunscreen
"...and don't forget the lips."
Leatherman 830039 New Wave Multitool with Leather/Nylon Combination Sheath
Leatherman 830039 New Wave Multitool with Leather/Nylon Combination Sheath
"I've found that most emergency adjustments can be made with either a leatherman or..."
Stanley 90-391 SAE and Metric Folding Hex Key
Stanley 90-391 SAE and Metric Folding Hex Key
"a small folding allen wrench set."
Clean Original, Fresh Body Veil, 3.8 Ounces
Clean Original, Fresh Body Veil, 3.8 Ounces
"A dousing with talc will help prevent chafing and help you arrive at work, ahem, fresh.  This one is fancy and smells great, but a plain talcum will do the job."
Yes To Blueberries Age Refresh Towlettes, 30-Count
Yes To Blueberries Age Refresh Towlettes, 30-Count
"And these will take care of any "unfresh" spots once you arrive.  Keep them in your desk for a quick touch-up if you don't have access to a shower or prefer not to.  I find that I typically don't need one after arriving in the cooler morning, but I do after returning home in the hot afternoon."
JiMarti RV17 Sunglasses for Golf, Cycling, Running. Mirror lens colors. TR90 Frame.
JiMarti RV17 Sunglasses for Golf, Cycling, Running. Mirror lens colors. TR90 Frame.
"Wear glasses on the road.  Cars can kick up dust, small pebbles, protect your eyes just like you protect your noggin.  Get a pair with thin rims that don't obscure your vision."
Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling
Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling
"Bike Snob is a good, fun, introduction to the many cliques and foibles thereof of cycling.  He also remind you that as long as you're on a bicycle, trying to stay safe and obey the law, you're doing great, speed and coolness notwithstanding.  (I have neither, FYI.)"
Bike Repair and Maintenance For Dummies
Bike Repair and Maintenance For Dummies
"Keep this book around for at home repairs.  I find it's a good guide to getting an idea of how your bicycle work and what is safe to work on and what should be done by professionals."
White Lightning Epic Lube
White Lightning Epic Lube
"I haven't found one lube that is superior to another, but I use this, and I haven't had any problems.  I like having a clean chain and this purports to help."
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