Join Date: May 2007
Location: Buffalo NY
Bikes: Gerry Fisher Nirvana, LeMond Buenos Aires
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Other than lights for riding in poor lighting/dark conditions, and some fenders (I HATE rain going up my back from the rear tire) you are well on you way. Some smooth tires are the #1 thing to do on mountain bikes to make them ride a whole lot more efficiently, but you already did that. Next you need to just start riding and figure out what works for you with regards to time schedule, clothing, food, drink, etc. I personally would not get too worked up about having a suspension fork up front. I have one on my hybrid commuter. Mine has the lockout feature. With it on or off I can't tell any difference in effort. I do notice a difference with with rough roads I experience here. I did set the preload on the suspension to its highest level so that the socks are as stiff as possible. Sure I'd save a few pounds by putting in a solid fork, but I can't justify the expense. Good wheels, good lighting, good rain gear, etc... that is worth spending money on.
Don't buy too much clothing up front. Try some stuff you might have in your closet and work from there. I have a bunch of Nike and other brand wicking T shirts that I've bought at Dicks Sporting Goods over the past few years for around $20 each. I like them a lot better than the $14 Champion shirt I bought at Target. You don't have to spend $70 for a nice jersey to get something that works well. For short rides I just use a set of swim trunks (5 miles each way on my commute) for longer rides I'll use cycling shorts. On two occasions ended up riding a lot more than expected with the shorts/normal underwear... I paid the price with some seriously raw skin on my inner tighs. Shorts are just much easier on my short commute so I can deal with it just fine in my climate zone. If it was hotter and more humid here that might be a problem. I have Shimano SPD clipless pedals and shoes. I realy like them, but you can definitely commute fine without them. For the 1st two years I used old fasion toe clips (I slipped off the pedals once a few years ago during some rain... so I now always preferr clips of some sort). It was a complete silly luxury till I got a road bike, now I could share the shoes between the bikes.
Don't go crazy buying all kinds of gear right away. Buy a little and experiment. Once you know what works well for you you can add more.