You can really tell a lot about someone by looking at their bike. Choosing the right bike for the type of riding that you are doing and for your budget is essential for a happy commute. Most commuters travel almost entirely on pavement, and are happiest riding on speedy road bikes or comfortable hybrids. If you will see some dirt paths in your travels you may want to consider a more all-purpose mountain bike. For more information check out this page on types of bikes. http://www.peterboroughmoves.com/bike-guide
The most important thing to do when you get a bike is to get something that fits you and that you will be comfortable riding. Bikes are like shoes: if it hurts to sit on it in the store it will hurt even more later. Make sure to test ride lots of bikes and to ask lots of questions about bike fit.
Once you have the right bike for you, you will need a few things to make riding it safe. It is strongly recommended that you ride with a helmet for your safety, but it is not illegal to ride without one if you are over the age of 18. It is a legal requirement, and a generally good idea, to get a set of lights for riding at night. A white front and red rear light will make it easy for you to see and be seen in low light. Getting a good lock is essential for making sure that you have something to ride home on at the end of the day. We recommend that you choose a good U-lock, as these are the strongest and most effective locks available.