18 Must-Haves for Bike Commuters

You can't hit the road without several essential items


The number of cyclists is growing rapidly all across the U.S. The National Household Travel Survey showed that the number of trips made by bicycle more than doubled from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009.

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The number of people who ride to work increased about 60 percent over the decade until 2012. This is the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes, according to the Census Bureau.

Biking to work is good for your wallet, health and happiness. Just one hour of riding could burn up to 500 calories and according to research, the average person loses 13 pounds their first year of bike riding.

Whether the commute is just about the bike, it does not complete your riding experience. You need certain accessories and gear that will keep you comfortable on longer rides, dry in bad weather, and safe from cars and everything else on the road.

The following list is based on customer reviews and tests done by sites such as Outside Online and Outdoor Gear Lab.

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