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9 Essentials Every Cyclist Needs for Their Commute

In honour of Bike Month, we've rounded up everything you need for the most enjoyable commute.

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Reliable ride

Its lightweight aluminum frame and wide-range of gear settings ticks all the boxes for a commute-friendly ride, whether you’re in the city or on a dirt road in the country. Here’s everything you need to know about buying a road bike.

Midtown Bicycle, $800; available in-store and online at mec.ca

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Waterproof carryall

Although this backpack may look compact, it has plenty of space to fit your everyday essentials. Plus, it’s water resistant!

Greenland Top Small Backpack in Dahlia, $120; available at fjallraven.ca

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Easy-to-apply sunscreen

Suitable for every skin type, this sunscreen spray is just as effective — no matter how much you sweat — worn under or over make-up.

SPF 30 Vanilla-Green Tea Spray Sunscreen, $8; available at kinesysactive.ca

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Cooling socks

Colourful, comfortable and cooling. What more could you want in a sock?

Fizzy Cycling Socks, $25; available at peppermintcycling.com

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Fuel

When hunger hits, these energy-packed snacks will keep you fuelled pre- or post-commute.

KIND Mini Bars (10 bars), $10; available at major retailers across Canada, including well.ca

Simply Protein Cookie, $3; available at mass retailers

Want homemade snacks? Check out our Almond Butter Energy Bites recipe.

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Eco-friendly kicks

Made from 100 percent recycled materials, this shoe is a stylish option if you’re looking to go the green route.

Gridway, $160; available at merrell.com

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Trusty headgear

This helmet is made with Conehead shock-absorbing technology to keep your noggin safe.

Etape Cycling Helmet, $82; available in-store and online at mec.ca

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Dependable sunnies

With 100 percent UV protection, your eyes will be free from glare all day.

IZIPIZI Matte Aviator Sunglasses, $59; available at simons.ca

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Pullover protection

 

 

You’ll be thankful to have this lightweight, packable jacket on hand when Mother Nature throws a thunderstorm your way.

Women’s Merino Sport Ultra Light Anorak Pullover, $160; available at various performance retailers

Next, read up on the best beauty products to pack in your gym bag.