When dreaming up the Best Commuter Bike combo we spent a lot of time researching gear to make sure that you had the best bike for commuting possible. As bike commuters ourselves, we understand the day to day of commuter life and what is necessary to cover the bases. We didn't name this the best commuter bike package for nothing. It comes with an awesome pannier that fits most 15 in. laptops, extra front and rear lights that are really bright and have 'flashing' option for great night time visibility, and a reliable lock that will put this combo in the category of "best bike for city riding".
We understand how complicated it may seem when you're new to commuting by bike and how daunting the many different choices can seem. Our package aims to solve all of that frustrating decision making because we've already done all the research for you. We looked at hundreds of bags, lights, and locks and compiled something that will keep you on your game in each category. While getting a good bicycle like our Diamond Frame bike is a great gift on its own, adding these curated accessories adds real value.
What comes with each Best Commuter Bike Combo:
Detours Fremonster Flap Panniers.
Our best commuter bike combo starts with a Detours Fremonster Flap Pannier. The Fremont is named after one of Seattle's funkiest neighborhoods and features bold prints, distinct lines, and a cool green liner. It features a magnetic flap with exterior slip pocket to hold your lock and lights, Zip closure along the edge of the flap allows you to load it up to the rim, and a rain cover, removable shoulder strap, reflective details, neoprene laptop sleeve and 2 haul handles.
Cygolite Dash 320/Hotshot Micro USB Light Set.
After much research, we decided that the Cygolite Dash 320/Hotshot Micro USB Light Set is one of the best and brightest in one tiny package. We warn you, don't put these lights up to your eye. They are blindly bright! This USB rechargeable and water resistant light set keeps a 320 lumen headlight pointed in front of you and 2 watts of super bright flashes shining behind.
Dash 320 USB Front Light.
The Dash 320 USB is packed with features to keep you safe 24/7 like 3 day modes including DayLightning, Quad LEDs Steady, and Quad LEDs Flashing and 4 night modes including High, Medium, Low, and SteadyPulse. The DayLightning mode for example shines over 500 lumens of lightning-like flashes for a safer daytime ride.
Hotshot Micro 2W USB.
This USB rechargeable taillight features a powerful 2 watt red LED. The Enhanced Cycling Optics feature scatters the beam to maximize your visual presence from a wider angle. It features 5 modes including Single Flash, Zoom, SteadyPulse, Steady Beam, and Group Mode. SteadyPulse for example creates a steady beam that helps motorists better gauge their distance from you while the overlapping pulses keep them alert of your presence.
Both lights are water resistant for any kind of riding condition you find yourself in.The Dash 320 USB has a -1:15 ~ 55 hr run time and the Hotshot Micro 2W USB has a - 2:30 ~ 100 hr run time. Best of all, the mounts go on and off with ease for both lights.
Kryptonite Evo Mini-7 with 4-Foot Flex Lock.
A best commuter bike package can't be complete without a Kryptonite Evo Mini 7 U-shaped bicycle lock to protect your Dutch commuter bike wherever you take it. We chose the Evo Mini 7 because it comes equipped with a 4-foot KryptoFlex looped cable in addition to a highly rated lock so you can chain up the bike as well as the front wheel/ accessories and leave with some piece of mind.
What's great about this lock is that the actual strength of the lock's strength stems from the 13mm hardened Max-Performance steel shackle, which is designed to defy leverage attacks and bolt cutters.
Commuters will also love the innovative Transit FlexFrame-U transportation system which fits on the adjustable spine and allows for multiple offset fitments to better align the lock for transportation.
If you're wondering how secure the Evo Mini 7 is, it ranks a 9 on the Kryptonite 1-12 comparison system, which ranks the varying levels of security within the company's product range. To give you an idea, a lock that ranks 1 on the Kryptonite scale might work if you live in the suburbs. A 9 definitely makes this a best bike for city riding.
Other security-enhancing features include a high-security Bent Foot design, a reinforced cuff over the hardened crossbar and cylinder that protects the disc-style cylinder; and a center keyway that defends against leverage attacks.
Also included are three stainless-steel keys, including one with a high-intensity LED bulb for convenient, easy unlocking in the dark.