Of course, the key to getting the high-vis jacket look ‘dialed’ is to ensure that it looks as though it’s never been washed. Those that have worked in a bike shop will know only too well the whiff of an unlaundered Altura Night Vision jacket — one of the most popular high-vis jackets out there — with the number of oil stains and the depth of the calcified streak of mud up the back of the jacket signifying the seriousness of the owner’s dedication to commuting.
For those in sunnier climes, a high-vis vest is also a suitable option, with high-end sleeveless options also available for the more stylish among us.
Of course, trainers aren’t the only option out there, with a number of brands producing ‘smarter’ options for either sex, our particular favourite being these $80 ‘tech’ plimsoles from Betabrand that look like they’re made from a recycled wetsuit.
A quality backpack such as this option from Mack Workshop is essential for those that plan on schlepping any amount of stuff to and from workReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
At the height of the fixie craze, every urbanista worth their salt had an artisan messenger bag.
But just like the craze for fixed gear bikes, messenger bags largely fell out of favour with urban riders around circa 2008, with the humble rucksack now once again reigning supreme.
This increase in popularity is best illustrated by the truly astounding number of crowdfunding campaigns there are for rucksacks — at the time of writing, a cursory search for ‘backpack’ on Kickstarter reveals that the appetite for over-engineered portaging solutions is insatiable, with over 700 different projects currently active or funded.
For the commuter, you must choose whether a ‘modular’ or a more simple backpack is the right choice for you.
As a chronically disorganised person, investing in a backpack with a zillion pockets would just give me more opportunities to lose stuff, so I prefer a large ‘sack’ style rucksack, whereas videographer Reuben — who can actually keep track of his belongings — prefers a pocket-riddled bag such as the Life Behind Bars Peleton Asphalt he’s currently using.
Unlike road cycling, which has its own set of arcane and brutally enforced rules surrounding sports hosiery, commuting has but one rule regarding socks — no matter what length, style or colour your socks are, your trouser leg must be dutifully tucked into your right one.
While doubling up this trouser cuff saving measure with the aforementioned trouser clip will certainly earn you extra kudos, the truly bold among us can dare to wear a pair of ‘Wednesday’ socks on a Friday, showing off maverick disregard for the Gregorian calendar to the whole world.
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Jack has been riding and fettling bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of his tandem, Cecil, cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.