All the essentials to get started commuting by bike (on a budget – or not)

Here is everything you need to buy for cycling to work – and how not to break the bank by doing so

Male cyclist wearing and bringing all the commuting essentials he needs while cycling by bike to work.
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If you're using your bike to commute to work, you'll need a slightly different set of equipment than a recreational rider. Although minimising weight and bulk is always desirable when cycling to work, practicality is paramount and you want kit that is durable but doesn't cost the earth.