Bike Commuting Gear Essentials

1. BIKE The first bike in North America built around SRAM's elegantly simple nine-speed internal hub, the Swobo Dixon bundles plenty of grip-shifted gearing in a hip, functional package. Optional fenders and rack boost the utility. $900;

2. JACKET Gore Bike Wear's waterproof-breathable Alp-X Gore-Tex Paclite Jacket stashes inside its own burrito-size pocket and weighs just 10.4 ounces, plus it has a mesh ventilation strip running down the front and a longer, bike-specific cut in the back. $270;

3. MESSENGER BAG Waterproof tarpaulin mixes function with fashion on Knog's Corsa Messenger Bag. A cushioned sleeve protects your laptop, and the thick shoulder pad softens heavy loads. $130;

4. LOCK Kryptonite's 5.5-inch long Evolution Mini U-Lock comes with a $2,000 antitheft insurance policy and a built-in LED light on the key. $55;

5. STORAGE Brooks's Brick Lane Roll Up Panniers use water-resistant waxed canvas and leather straps to wrap your belongings in Old World elegance. $300;

6. LIGHT Cateye's rechargeable Single Shot Plus has two one-watt LEDs that deliver plenty of light for your nighttime commute and can hold enough juice for three hours of high-beam burn or 36 hours in flashing mode. $140;

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