Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Naperville, IL, USA
Yeah, a good armored jacket (mesh stays cool even in summer heat and keeps the sun off), in addition to helmet, gloves and boots. Overpants are also available in mesh, but are more difficult to put on and take off, but you'll be glad you had them if you ever go down. Look for (or add) CE-approved armor. I use hiking boots, and haven't had a problem with the laces (yet). They are actually comfortable for walking, unlike most biker boots.
A great idea is to get high-visibility colors for your upper body (helmet, jacket or both). This really helps you catch the attention of other drivers.
I commute, and made a steel cable to lock all my gear to the bike's helmet lock when I park, and then I cover the whole mess with a silver half-cover, which keeps the bike cool, prevents solar damage to everything, and deters thieves.