When I got my bike in November, I had a long list of stuff I needed to "successfully" use my bike around town. I will fully admit, that style was equally as important as function for me...so I was picky.
On my list:
Front and rear lights
The list sounds pretty easy, but it ended up taking forever. I made a few "mistakes." I saw a few kickstarters and they ended up taking way longer than expected. Lights have been way harder, and I am still looking for the perfect ones. I am suffering with the one I have for now.
I heard about Nutcase, and they have so many fun helmets, so I decided to spend a little extra for one of those. It is a little hot in the sun, but looks cute in the gold sparkle pattern I got.
Mistake: sparse lights. They looked great, but they weren't compatible with my front rack, and that company has terribly customer service once you buy. They ignore you if you want to return.
I ordered a bell from Spurcycle. They ended up being about 4 months behind, but the bell was worth the wait. It had great sound, and isn't huge like most other bells. It is also not too cutesy. Works in a classic bike, and a modern bike too.
I got a vest from Vespertine. Looks cool and not too safety vest, but I haven't felt it has been necessary for my riding thus far. My ride home in my typical 3 mile radius is pretty well lit, and has lots of cyclists. I haven't biked from work yet in the dark, which is a different story.
The basket has been a bit if a whirlwind, but I have a pannier like basket from basil, and a linus one mounts in the front on my rack. The baskets hold my purse, but I was worried about th laptop part.
And today the piece de resistance finally arrived: the laptop pannier. I wanted a bag that was laptop friendly that didn't look too bike-y. I didn't like the uber sporty ones. I didn't like the paisley ones aimed at women. Basically all the ones online and in stores I saw were either too boring or too not me. I ended up finding one on kickstarter as well. And of course the ended up being a couple months behind too. But it was worth the wait. They really got the details right, although I wish it was a little bigger. It is not big enough for a grocery run and the laptop. But would fit a few extras and my laptop. The best part is that it looks like a messenger bag. And the rack hardware is totally unobtrusive. It is really small and subtle. There is an open pocket for the shoulder strap to hid when not in use. The top rolls or folds over. There is a side zipper somyoundont need to unroll to access the main compartment. I am totally impressed.
I might get another single pannier that is waterproof, if I can find one that is my style.
Makes its debut tomorrow!
How did you kit up your bike? What are your faves so far?