I've never biked to work, but am going to start next week. It's only about 15 miles round trip. I'm using a single speed bike, but it should be fine because I've gone on farther trips.

Besides a change of clothes, what are the essential items that I need to bring with me? Safety is important so besides a helmet, what safety equipment do I need to have/use?

Any tips would also be helpful because I'm pretty new to this.

  • Allocate enough time, bring lights and locks, pick a good route. Extra clothes may not be necessary depending on weather and riding speed and required work attire (7.5 miles each way seems too short to want to use padded bike shorts).
    – Batman
    Sep 8 '16 at 17:42
  • Wash kit, flannel, deodorant.
    – BlueChippy
    Sep 8 '16 at 20:25
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    Spare tube and tools to replace it.
    – BlueChippy
    Sep 8 '16 at 20:26
  • Lights (and usb cable to recharge)
    – BlueChippy
    Sep 8 '16 at 20:26
  • @batman 1km is enough to justify padded shorts! Lol.
    – BlueChippy
    Sep 8 '16 at 20:27