You can wear shorts, pants, whatever. People go from skinny jeans to cargo shorts to spandex; wear what you're comfortable with. It's not like there's rules for this stuff when it comes to commuting. Just make sure what you wear is comfortable to ride in and won't snag in the chain. Also, if you're concerned about wind resistance, don't wear baggy clothes.
Also when it comes to commuting, I'd say wear anything but spandex. I see plenty of people biking in a suit and tie if that's what you are worried about.
Works for me but there are a lot of options to choose from in racks and bags/panniers. I lived in D.C./NOVA for a year and the summer was brutal especially with the humidity so you will sweat with a back pack on but there's also the aesthetics because some people think racks and stuff don't look cool. I'm 95% car free so I like to be able to run errands and get groceries etc on my bike.
If your office has a shower, you probably have a desk or locker?
I just make a point to bring a week's worth of clothes one morning so I don't have to bring a backpack every day.
Thanks for all the responses. I'll be sure to ask you guys again when I'm looking to upgrade components.
It's perfect for lightweight commuting. I can fit a couple changes of clothes, small towel, snacks, raingear, toolkit and U-lock. If you have to lockup outside, the bag slides off the rack in two seconds. It even comes with a shoulder strap.
btw you'll probably want to get some beefier tires, those 23c Kendas are no fun on rough streets. I'm rocking some Panaracer RiBMo's 28c, they're comfy and bulletproof.
Overall, this bike is a joy to ride to/from work.
Anyone have any suggestions for the following:
1. starter tools kit (assembly and maintenance)
2. helmet (flak or regular?)
3. night light (saw a thread for that but would like suggestions from you guys)
4. handle tape? (is the handle bar cover good?)
5. lock (thinking kryptonite u lock)
6. splash guards?
7. protectors? from scratches when locking
8. rear reflectors?
Last edited by ameniste; 06-30-13 at 01:46 AM.
Helmet: if you want one. I like skate-style, but they don't vent well.
Light: NiteRider MiNewt 600
Tape: wait 'til you want to change color or the old stuff starts falling off.
Lock: if you don't go with a U lock, go with one of those big-ass chains
Fenders: how often will you ride in the rain or on wet streets? Be honest with yourself...
Protectors: dork away, my friend. Old inntertubes and zip-ties work great.
Rear reflector: Yes. And a blinky red light if you are going to be out using that headlight.
Lubricant: Chain lube from a bike shop or general purpose light oil (Liquid Wrench, Marvel Mystery Oil, 3-in-1 -- NOT WD-40!!!)
I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.
I looked at the NiteRider MiNewt 600, pretty damn expensive =(
Will I need to lube the parts when I first assemble the kilo?
Last edited by ameniste; 06-30-13 at 12:10 PM.
Should I get a regular pump or a hand held one that I can bring with me?