I'm riding a 2007ish Giant Elwood SE (front suspension) with a few modifications already:
- I ditched the suspension seat post (and shim) and have a fixed seat post now of the correct diameter which doesn't slip (thank you LBS) and a road seat bought from Wiggle.
- I had a service done recently including a new chain and cassette.
- I've fitted Shimano SPD pedals and wear MTB shoes with cleats, and I've bought some lycra shorts with the seat padding.
I wear a hivis vest over the camelbak on my commute at the insistance of my wife as part of the journey is on a roadside cycle path (not shared with cars).
I'm up to 18km now each lunch time @27-28km/h, and the commute is ~38km each way. To begin with I'm doing home one day and back to work the next day so I don't have to do the whole lot in one day (I get a sleep in between).
I've ordered a mini pump which should arrive early next week and I'll pick up some tubes to carry while commuting (18km if stuck in middle ground is too far to walk).
I've also ordered a cycling jersey which will have the convenient back pockets (I wore my camelbak on my commute and it's too high up to reach my snacks without stopping).
My question is what other gear should I consider for the bike and/or myself?