We’ve seen the growing numbers of people riding bicycles in cities across the country. And here at PUBLIC, we’re delighted that many of our customers are buying a bike for the first time as adults or haven’t been on a bike for awhile.
We spend lot of time with these bike newbies. We talk about proper ways to lock their bike, how to ride defensively and alertly in cities, suggest products that might help them enjoy their ride more, and offer resources to them to learn more about biking in their city.
In addition to our Grab Bag of recommended items, we suggest the following items that might go into your Starter Kit:
PUBLIC’s Recommended Starter Kit for Bike Newbies
U-lock – essential for theft prevention
Inner Tubes – just in case you get a flat tire
Cable – added security for your bike tire
Bell – best way to politely communicate with others
Helmet – to protect your coconut
Rear Rack – gives you many options to carry your locks, baskets or bags
Pannier Shoulder Bag – good for commuters who carry laptops
Detours Pannier – more ways to carry stuff
Front Basket – good to carry light groceries, clothes, or small bag/purse
Rear Basket – perfect for those Farmer’s Market or grocery trips
Cargo Net – good way to keep everything inside your rear basket
Bungee Strap – good for strapping your U-lock, sweater and/or other items around your rear rack
Lights – essential for twilight or night riding
SF Bike Map – figure out the best way to get around SF
Deer Head – always there to greet you when you come home
If you live in the Bay Area, we encourage you to consider becoming a member of San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to support better biking in SF, but also take advantage of SFBC’s resources related to bike security, adult bike riding education, and other programs. If you don’t live in SF, you might find great resources with your own local bike advocacy group.
We also recommend using Google Maps for Bicycles to find the best bike route to get to your destination. Google Maps is generally decent, but we’re sometimes amused by its suggested routes. For example, when we type in San Francisco, CA as our origin and Honolulu, HI for our destination, Google Maps tells us to bike all the way north beyond Seattle, and then “Kayak across the Pacific Ocean” (step #617) to get to our island destination. Not sure why we need to bike so far to the Northwest part of the country when we can just get on a kayak with our bike from San Francisco!
Happy bike riding everyone – or kayaking too!