Beginners Guide to Cycle Commuting

When we're just new to cycling, it's a good idea to know what kind of cycling gear and dress we fit at first. Whether you're planning to commute by bike or plan to explore your potential of cycle sport, or just want to be more comfortable while riding, this article offers some basic equipment options for you.

What to Wear When Cycling to Work

Firstly for most people, bicycle commutes should follow the principle of keeping dry and warm (it should be breathable in summer), dry and clean to the office, and not tired.
Cycling commuters in cities often stop because of traffic lights or unexpected conditions, and they are more likely to face changes in body heat and coldness compared with people riding outdoors for long periods of time keep a stable physical condition, so it's especially important to dress warm and breathable.

At the same time, the visibility of cyclists in urban traffic is a requirement, so personal equipment designed specifically for commuters is often accompanied by a high visibility fluorescent design or an addition of reflective materials, and in some cases integrated lights are complemented.

Wear a Helmet

cyclist helmet

In many cities around the world, there are laws requiring cyclists to wear helmets, so wear them correctly on your bike commute whether it is for the purpose of complying with the law or protecting their safety.
To increase cyclist visibility, most helmets are designed with brightly colored coatings, reflective stickers and even integrated headlights. The size of the helmet is also very important, it is suggested to actually try products in store to confirm the size.
Most helmets are adjustable in size, and the more expensive products also come with a multi-directional impact protection system (MIPS) that allows for better impact dispersion in the event of a collision.
You can also wear a small riding cap in your helmet. The eaves of the small cap can act as sun protection, while the small cap can also avoid the head cold in cold and windy weather.

Waterproof jacket

cyclist waterproof jacket

Although many sportswear can be waterproof, the bike-specific coat will be designed with longer sleeves and hems, making it more comfortable given the cycling lower-down posture. Waterproof jackets for commuter cycling are usually not expensive and are basically designed with fluorescent or reflective strips.

Waterproof trousers


If you live in a rainy and humid area, it is convenient to wear waterproof pants on the outside of ordinary pants. The pants usually have a zip on the legs that are worn off, as well as a reflective design that enhances visibility.
If you think it's too sultry to wear, you can also wear the bike's regular Lycra fabric cycling shorts for waterproof purposes, while stuffing the clothes you wear on weekdays into your carry-on bag so you can change your clothes when you reach the office

Cycling shoes/shoe covers

Cycling shoes/shoe covers

To stay dry and comfortable during the commute, we also need a last -but-not-the-least item-shoes. To keep your feet dry, you can use a shoe cover to prevent rain from entering, or you can keep a pair of shoes specifically reserved for commuting.
For a higher-scoring commute, choose a pair of bike-specific commuter shoes (one with no locks) to enhance your ride, or simply find a pair of sneakers that don't mind getting dirty for your bike commute.
Many people also choose to use the mountain bike locking system to commute, because mountain bike locks are easier to lock and unlock, and the design of mountain lock pieces make it possible that mountain lock shoes cope with the need for occasional walking with bicycle.
If the weather is greatly cold, you can also choose winter-specific cycling shoes, which are usually made of windproof and waterproof fabrics to provide additional protection.

Cycling gloves


Gloves are not a must-have in the hot summer days, but on cold mornings and nights during the autumn and winter months, a pair of warm and wind-proof gloves will be good for your following cycle journey.
In addition to keeping warm, gloves can also provide cushion vibration for wrist protect, increasing friction in contact areas to avoid accidental loss, bright colors can also make gestures more vivid.


Even bike commutes require items such as notebooks, puddings, wallets and cell phones for everyday work, so it's important to have a backpack for more comfort and less effort. Some bikers have additional buckles around the chest and waist, which makes the backpack more stable when riding.
Many commuter-only backpacks have extra waterproof covers to cope with unexpected rain, and the design of high reflective strips is an essential.
If you install a rear shelf on your bike, you can also place commuter items on the shelf or in a simple tote bag, which is more comfortable than using a backpack and does not make cyclist back position sweat, besides can carry more items, such as clothing that needs to be replaced.

Ride underpants

Ride underpants

For commuter rides, we need to add some cushion between the ischia and saddle, Padded leggings are a good compromise for those who don't want to go to office in tight tracksuits.
This underwear is available in both men's and women's styles, and the thickness is not very different from that of regular panties, but it has a thin cushioned padding design.

Cycling glasses

In addition to protecting your eyes from UV rays, cycling glasses can also protect your eyes from dust or moths during your commute. For commuters who need to ride in daylight and sunset, it is recommended to choose a weather-proof mirror with interchangeable lenses.