I ride about 200 miles a week. Here are some of my essentials:
Saddle bag- this is a small bag that fits under your seat. You can put keys, phone, ID, extra tube, CO2 cartridge etc,
Extra Tube, CO2 cartridge- carry this in case you get a flat tire. A CO2 cartridge is way better than an air pump. When I was looking at small air pumps for my bike the guy at the shop basically told me that nobody ever really used those. It's much smaller and it fills up your tire much more quicker than an air pump if you get a flat tire. If you go to any local bike shop they can show you how to use one.
Water bottle- get a water bottle cage installed on your bike. It's nice, especially on hot days.
Rear view mirror- I don't have this on my bike, but if you travel on busy roads it's nice to be able to see behind you rather than turning your head.
Bell- Nice to have if you plan on biking on heavily congested paths.
Bike gloves- helps prevent sore hands.
I highly recommend you learn to change a flat tire. It's not as hard as it looks and any local bike shop will teach you. When you go to the bike shop also tell them you want to learn to use the CO2 cartridge. They will help you out with that and make sure you use it correctly (using it incorrectly can cause the tube to burst). I do recommend you get a floor pump for your bike so you can pump your tires when they start to get a little low.
You go to any local bike shop and you will be overwhelmed with what they offer. When I went I told them I just needed the basics and that I didn't need any fancy tools to fix my bike. If I ever have a mechanical issue with my bike I just bring it in and have them fix it.
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