Commuting by bike can be liberating and good for your mental health and finances. Unfortunately, the weather does not always make this an easy option. Neither does making sure you have all the items you need should you suffer a mechanical problem or need to carry your belongings or a change of clothes to and from work. We asked around Balfe’s HQ to see what our riders choose to wear or use to overcome those challenges.
Fox Clothing Ranger 2.5L Water Jacket
First up, is the Fox Clothing Ranger 2.5L Water Jacket. Primarily a jacket for mountain biking but it is made from lightweight 10K/3K fabric that is waterproof and breathable, so you will stay dry and fresh. It has a DWR finish that will shed moisture, mud or debris making it useful wherever you ride. It comes with a hood that will fit over most helmets and two zippered pockets to keep your essentials safe. It is available in a choice of colours.
Endura Urban Luminite Jacket II
If you are after something more noticeable then look at the Endura Urban Luminite Jacket II that comes in Hi-Viz Yellow. It will keep the water out and you seen. There are large under-arm vents to help regulate the temperature and the fabric is both lightweight and breathable. Perfect for commuting as are the strategically positioned large reflective panels.
Endura Hummvee Trousers
The Endura Hummvee Trousers will look good on or off the bike. Not only that, but they will also get you there with you looking the part too, with a water-repellent finish and a durable seat panel.
Zipped hand pockets combined with cargo pockets give you plenty of carrying space. To prevent splashing, there are zipped ankle zips with a velcro adjuster to get the fit exactly right.
Hiplok FX Wearable Retractable Lock
Keeping your bike safe is paramount, regardless of how long you are stopping. Even if you are just making a quick pit stop for a well-earned coffee. The Hiplok FX Wearable Retractable lock is an ideal ride companion. Small enough to be worn or slipped into a pocket or bag, it will deter opportunists and allow you to secure your bike whilst you grab a brew inside.
Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Lock
If you want a lock that gives you peace of mind if you are leaving your bike for any length of time, then the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboutdit Lock is a serious deterrent. As the name suggests, the high-security disc-style cylinder is pick and drill-resistant, so you do not have to worry. It is rated 10/10 on Kryptonite’s security scale and has a sliding dust cover to keep out the elements.
Quad Lock Phone Case
Rather than using a bike computer or GPS, some people like to use their smartphone instead of taking another device. Quad Lock has a range of products designed to keep your mobile safe but also securely attached to your bike.
The Quad Lock Phone case is rugged and tough, and the dual-stage lock will ensure your phone remains just where you want it.
Quad Lock Out Front Mount
The Quad Lock Out Front Mount will stay securely attached to your bike’s handlebars so you can then unclip your phone when you have finished and take it away with you. During your journey, your mobile phone will remain in place but clearly visible.
Specialized/Fjllvren Cave Pack
If you need to carry some essentials or a laptop to the office or workplace, the Specialized/Fjllrven Cave Pack is what you need. Compatible with the Coolcave Pannier, the Cave Pack can be used off the bike as a back bag by using the padded shoulder straps or you can carry it with the easy-carry handles.
It has a padded laptop compartment and boasts large and small pockets for extra items.
Ortlieb Velocity 17L Backpack
Should you need to carry clothes and kit to the office, then the Ortlieb Velocity 17L Backpack will be big enough for the job. Besides the big capacity, the backpack has several other features that make it stand out. It is available in distinctive colours and has padding on the rear of the backpack for extra comfort when loaded. It is made from durable fabric that is both long-lasting and waterproof. Perfect for commuting. The roll-top closure reduces the faff of closing the top and will keep the elements out.
Specialized Mode MIPS Urban Helmet
Being visible on your commute is essential. The Specialized Mode MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) Urban helmet is more than just a helmet. The integrated fit system allows for a personalised fit and the inclusion of the MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) that will disperse the impact forces when the wearer is involved in a crash or fall. Reflective details and compatibility with Specialized’s Stix Lights make it truly versatile.