Got the bike — now you need the rest of the kit. Below we have listed our folding bike commuter survival kit:
Cycle helmets come in all shapes and sizes and here are some helmets that have been designed specifically for commuting. Designed more like skate lids than a classic road bike helmet they can come with a range of features, some include integrated lights and will often have less holes than road bike helmets which helps keep the rain off your head. We particularly like the Bern Unlimited Berkley Summer Helmet.
It’s both light-weight and stylish and the range caters for all budgets too.
Bern Berkeley w/Visor Bike Helmet Satin Delphin Grey XS/S
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2. High Vis Jacket
A High Vis is particularly important during the winter and if your onward commute involves negotiating busy streets. However, we appreciate that most folding bike riders don’t want to be dressed head to toe in fluorescence and resembling a glow-stick from an EDM rave. So, for this reason, we have chosen the Evo Like Reflective Vest.
If you buy a size too large this can slip over your business suit or a light-weight jacket and can be taken off with ease.
Reflective Vest Running Gear, Lightweight Motorcycle Cycling Reflective Vests with Large Pocket & Adjustable Waist for Women Men Running Safety Vest with Reflective Bands (Green, Medium)
✅HIGH 360º VISIBILITY – The reflective vest which could be seen from max 800 feet away and have a 360ºcoverage in all weather at day or night. Bright color and excellent reflective strips make you easy to be found, much safer at night!
✅ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT & BREATHABLE – Good quality thin mesh fabric and quick drying material provides ultra soft and breathable feeling, you’ll even forget wearing this reflective safety vest. Great outdoor sport reflective jacket for running, cycling, jogging, motorcycling, also suitable for walking the dog and traffic.
✅ADJUSTABLE & COMFORTABLE DESIGN – 5 sizes high reflective running vest with adjustable velcro waist band perfectly fit different body shape for women men in all seasons. Large zippered pocket allow you carry phones, keys and cards and so on.
✅SUPER-VALUE REFLECTIVE SET – 1 pcs reflective running vest comes with 2 pcs adjustable hi vis arm/ankle/wrist bands, better to be seen from all angles. And, we recommend hand washing in cold water, hang to dry.
✅100% SATISFACTION – GoxRunx reflective gear is guaranteed to be the top quality, promising 24 hours online service. Please contact us if you have any problem.
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3. Water Bottle
Every cyclist knows that hydration is important and a bottle of water is as essential as a well-oiled chain. This stylish little number caught our eye.
With four colors available you could match the bottle with your favourite business suit or your bike. It’s collapsible too so if space saving is an issue, this could be the bottle for you.
Nefeeko Collapsible Water Bottle, Reuseable BPA Free Silicone Foldable Water Bottles for Travel Gym Camping Hiking, Portable Leak Proof Sports Water Bottle with Carabiner
【HEALTHY & SAFE MATERIAL】Made of food-grade platinum silicone, APPROVED to ensure safe drinking and odorless. Suitable for water or drinks from -40°F (-40°C) to 446°F (230°C). We do not recommend using it for liquid which higher than 140°F (60°C) to avoid scalding your hand.
【PERFECT FOR TRAVEL & SPORTS】The shatter-proof, flexible and durable collapsible silicone water bottle equipped with a aluminium alloy carabiner, you can hook it to backpack or gym bag, carry it everywhere. Ideal for travel, gym, bikes, running, camping, fishing, hiking, climbing, yoga, beach, outdoor sports.
【LEAK PROOF & EASY TO CLEAN】The travel water bottle designed with silicone seal ring to prevent leakage. Wide mouth design makes collapsible water bottles easier to clean the interior or add ice, lemons into it. When first use, we advise to soak it for 20 minutes with boiled water for thorough cleaning.
【7/24 CUSTOMER SUPPORT】All Nefeeko sports water bottle are thoroughly tested and inspected before delivery. If you are not satisfied with the folding water bottle for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact us for further assistance.
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Last, but by certainly no means least you need a great way transport your lunch (and your laptop and other electronics) to work and back safely and securely. We’re a sucker for North Face gear, here at the Folding Bike Hut and, in our experience their products just last: We really like the look of this backpack.
Coming in a range of colors and enough capacity to handle your commute or even a ‘hand luggage only’ weekend away this is the perfect product. Light-weight and breathable, if North Face gear can handle the artic it can sure as heck handle your commute.
The North Face Borealis School Laptop Backpack, TNF Black (Past Season), One Size
BOREALIS CLASSIC. Our classic 28L backpack is updated with easy-to-access pockets, an overhauled suspension system and front elastic bungee system. A spacious main compartment has a dedicated and highly protective laptop compartment.
FLEX VENT TECHNOLOGY. The FlexVent suspension system features a flexible yoke built from custom injection-molded shoulder straps, a padded mesh back panel and a breathable lumbar panel for comfortable, ventilated support.
TOTAL ORGANIZATION. Two extended mesh water bottle pockets double as multi-use pockets. The front compartment has an extra padded tablet sleeve and zip pockets. An external fleece-lined pocket stores small items or electronics.
COMFORTABLE CARRY. For school, commuting or travel, this backpack has a top handle for easy grabbing and a removable waist belt for a custom fit. A sternum strap with whistle buckle adds extra support and safety. Reflective details help you stand out.
TECHNICAL SPECS. Dimensions: 19.75" x 13.25" x 9.75" (50.2 cm x 33.7 cm x 24.8 cm). Volume: 28 Liters. Fabric: 600D, 400D or 300D polyester, 210D Cordura nylon ripstop with a water-repellent finish depending on colorway. Boot: 1680D ballistic nylon.