It might seem daunting to start up cycling through an urban landscape as unforgiving as Los Angeles or New York, but with some of the right gear, your comfort and safety level rise up enough to make it worth it.
Chrome Industries is well known for its well-made cycling shoes and bags. This Chrome Industries Pawn Expandable Rolltop Backpack include some features— waterproof expandable main pocket, structured backplate, padded straps and zippered laptop compartment— make this a great main bag for your commute.
With all the hours you'll log on your saddle, the last thing you'll want to worry about is replacing batteries on your lighting system. This Cygolite Metro 550 USB Rechargeable Headlight let's you charge at your computer station during the day and still get a bright and powerful headlight and highly visible tail lights.
Whether you are following a turn-by-turn directions, or using your iPhone for other biking uses, it is great to have it easily available and securely mounted. The Annex Quad Lock Bike Mount Kit for iPhone is the go-to choice. Simple and secure.
For commuter cyclists, the pants you choose to wear need to serve a dual purpose: comfortable and convenient when on the saddle and professional enough when in the office. With a U-lock holder, stretch and odor-resistant material and reflective tape on the ankle inseams, the Levi's Commuter 511 Trousers are a great solution.
When it gets darker and more inclement, having a good, breathable shell that keeps you dry, warm and visible is a key to a comfortable and safe ride. WOLFBIKE Cycling Jacket is one of my favorites.