Some Fall Bike Commute Essentials

Fall Bike Commute

I try to bike everywhere I need to go around Marin or for meetings in the city. This is my go-to commute wardrobe as it is completely functional on the bike while perfectly presentable off the bike, eliminating the need to change your clothes once you arrive at your destination.

Club Ride Transit Pants ($99.95): In addition to the flattering fit, these pants won’t hinder your movement since they are made from a lightweight stretch fabric. This fabric is treated to be water-resistant, but if you should get caught in a downpour, the pants dry super quickly (this makes them great travel pants, too). A zippered pocket on the left thigh is big enough to store your iPhone.

Arc’teryx A2B Hardshell Blazer ($449): Made from Gore-Tex C-Knit fabric, this 3-layer waterproof jacket not only keeps you dry inside and out, but feels great against your skin. The blazer features hidden snaps down the front that secure all the way shut and channel water away from any opening. Add some reflective hits, always-open shoulder vents, and you have the makings of a perfect stylish commuter piece that doesn’t look out-of-place in an office. Sorry ladies — you will have to wait until spring for this one. But the wait is worth it.

Icebreaker Tech Lite Crewe ($75): Made from lightweight, breathable 150 gram jersey merino, this T-shirt is soft and comfortable and won’t stink even after you ride around all day.

DZR Tosca ($119): These SPD-compatible high tops are made from a mix of full grain leather and herringbone fabric. The variable flex shank delivers stiffness on your pedal, but flexes everywhere else for normal walking around the office.

Timbuk2 Especial Quatro ($239): This bike friendly pack features a bullet-proof design with seam-taped waterproof liner and integrated reflective panels. It fits a 15″ laptop and at 50 liters volume, provides plenty of space for that grocery store or market run. Dual side stretch pockets securely hold both your U-lock and mug of coffee.

Avex ReCharge Autoseal Travel Mug ($27.99): I always stop by Equator Coffee on any commute into the city in order to load up on coffee for the day. This double wall vacuum-insulated tumbler keeps your coffee hot for up to 7 hours. The best part? The lid automatically seals between drinks so it won’t leak all over your bag, with a slide lock for extra reassurance. A cover flips over on top of the drinking spout so dirt doesn’t get in while you are riding. The mug comes in a 20-ounce size if you want to have enough coffee to last you through the whole morning.

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