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How to Outfit Your Bike to Be a Pro Commuter

1. Wald 582 Folding Rear Bicycle Basket

2. Fabric USB 300 Light

3. Quad Lock Bike Kit(phone mount)

4. Blackburn Local Front Basket

5. Plantronics BackBeat FIT Wireless Bluetooth Workout Headphones

6. Biologic Joule 3 Dynamo Hub | Reecharge Dynamo Kit

7. Garmin Edge 25 Cycling GPS

8. Road Bike Repair Kit

Okay, Here's my opinion: Most people don't need both a front and a rear basket for a commute. I've survived on less, and never used an actual basket. I've never heard of this company named Fabric for lights and in my daily commuting experience, you want something that is waterproof and has a good warranty(Blackburn). Never wanted to mount my phone, I've got enough issues with people driving and playing with theirs. Headphones are stupid. Seriously, you should be aware of things around you, not trying to drown them out, I like my bluetooth speaker, because it let's people know I'm near and I still hear things. Unless you're using dynamo lights on your bike, I'm not sure why you would need a dynamo for your commute. GPS. Seriously. Who uses GPS to get to and from work? I mean, yeah there's strava, but do you really need a dedicated GPS to get to and from the same place everyday? Also, below the GPS link, they suggest keeping your phone in your pocket, which negates the need for the phone mount. Road Bike Repair kit...well, I'm indifferent. I've carried a full kit and went a year without using it, but I've rode without one and got flats a few times in a week. I've used it to help others, but the best option is to make sure you've maintained your ride.

I'm pretty sure that comes across as snobby. I'm alright with that. Does anyone else have anything to share?

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You realize they are just basing that list on stuff they have received for free, right?


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