Summer Bike Commuting Gear List
You’ll find a lot of these items helpful year-round, but when you’re bike commuting in the summer you’ll be especially grateful for this gear.
- Commuter Pack – A backpack or messenger bag is fine in cooler weather, but having something strapped to your body on a hot day makes you sweat more. Invest in a commuter pack or saddle bags to carry your necessities.
- Moisture-Wicking Clothing – Not only will moisture-wicking material make you more comfortable on your ride, but since it works by drawing the sweat away from your skin, you’ll be less sweaty when you get to work.
- Sweatband or Rag – Your bike helmet is basically a sweat factory in hot weather, and you’ll want something to keep the sweat out of your eyes or to wipe it away. When I bike commuted I had a pouch that strapped to my handlebars in addition to the commuter pack on the back of my bike. This is a perfect place to stash a rag for wiping your sweaty face. You can put that body spray that I talked about on the previous page in here, too, and spritz it on your neck to cool you down a little when you hit a stop light.
- Second Water Bottle - You need more fluids when it’s hot, so pack a second water bottle – you can even add a second bottle mount to your bike frame to make it easy to access. Instead of filling it with mostly water, fill the whole thing with ice cubes and add just enough water to finish filling. When your first bottle is done, you’ll have icy cold water to keep you cool from the inside out.
Of course, you’ll still need your standard commuting gear, like your helmet, a poncho in case it rains, and a small tire repair kit in case you get a flat.
Do any of you bike commute during the hot summer months? I’d love to hear how you stay cool!