Riding to work or school every day can be a rewarding experience and gives a cyclist a greater sense of belonging to their community. A bike and the accessories you need to ride every day are far different. If you are purchasing your bike there are two large things to keep in mind! First, riding a bike daily will mean it is going to need some annual or biannual maintenance. Just like a car, a bicycle will not just work forever if you do not put some love and care into it. If you are buying a bike to save money and start commuting, remember to consider the big picture: There are 4 main wear items that you will need to maintain, and 4 must have accessories to start commuting!

 

For a commuter there are 4 Must Have Accessories

1. Helmet

2. Lights

The minimum in most cities to be able to legally ride your bike at night is a white front light a a red rear light. Other cities might require additional equipment such as a bell, or a flashing red light. It is best to check all of your local ordinances before riding at night. Click on the lights below to learn about different types of front or rear lights

- Split into headlight/ taillight pages

3. Lock - Unless you keep your bike with you in your office or classroom a lock is a must. There are two main types of locks cable locks and U-Locks. A cable lock is just like it sounds-- a peice of cable attached to some type of locking device. They tend to be less secure and easier o defeat than a U-Lock. Click on the locks below to read more about different types of Locks

Three graphics, cable locks and U-Lock and How-To lock

"Also include illustrations and pictures of locking bike through main frame and getting accesories (saddle or wheels) locked up as well"

4. Storage

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    Racks & Baskets (front/ Rear),

Racks and baskets can be mounted both in the front or the rear of the bike. Front baskets and rear racks are more common than rear baskets and front racks (Thats a mouthfull right?). This is because baskets are usually more ornamental than racks. Placing objects on the front of the bike can affect steering somewhat, so for larger loads or riding longer distances it is usually a better idea to place your load over the rear wheel of the bike.