Commuting to work or getting around town by bicycle is a great way to save the planet. It's also good on your wallet, not to mention great exercise too! Use this checklist to help prepare for the best ride experience. However, you will not need every item listed here. And remember safety always comes first, so go out and have a great, safe time!

You Cannot Begin Without These Two

 Bike (City, Hybrid, Road, Mountain, Track)   Helmet (should never be optional)

Step 1 - Main Options (based on your own individual needs)

Key Transit Items

 Water (bottles or hydration pack) Eye protection (sunglasses or clear lenses)
 Street map Medical info/emergency contact card
 First-aid items Lock

Repair Items

 Spare tube or tubes (and/or patch kit) Pump
 Tire levers Cycling multi-tool (with Allen wrenches)

Storage and Equipment

 Backpack, waistpack or hydration pack Handlebar bag
 Messenger (sling) bag Cargo rack plus trunk bag
 Saddle (underseat) bag Panniers
 Headlight Mirror (for handlebar or helmet)
 Taillight (with blinking option) Fenders
 Bell Straps or bungee cords

Clothing

  Rainwear  Leg straps for pants
  Stowaway wind jacket  Shoe or toe covers
  Insulation Layer for cool air  Visibility vest

Personal

 Cash/credit card/ID Toilet paper/tissue
 Cell phone Chamois cream/skin lotion
 Sunscreen Lip balm

Step 2 - Post-Ride Items (to carry with you or have at your final destination)

 Change of clothing Toiletry kit
 Off-bike footwear Towel/washcloth

Step 3 - More Gear to Consider...

 Padded shorts or tights Energy food/gels/drinks
 Wicking jersey or top Cycling computer / GPS
 Gloves Heart rate monitor
 Bike-specific footwear Patch kit (and/or spare tube/tubes)
 Cycling socks Pressure gauge
 Buff/bandana/skullcap Lubricant
 Small, quick-dry towel (for cleanups) C02 inflater (with cartridge)
 Baby wipes (another cleanup option) Strips of duct tape (for repairs)