For rain: baseball cap, and clear glasses for keeping rain out of your face and eyes. Gloves because your hands will get cold when wet as well as grips get slippery. Hiz viz vest is optional, but makes you easier to see through a rain covered windshield. Fenders, never leave home without them. Most important, let your gear dry overnight before packing away to avoid mold.
Looking for suggestions and advice on what to look for in a commuter bike and what gear i ned. New job is within 8 miles and uphill about 300 foot difference from my house. Job is in the downtown area of the city that has bike lanes. My goal is to use the bike as much as possible and go to a locally close gym to the new job in the morning. Suggestions comments are appreciated.
There are lots of great bikes. My suggestion is to find a good local bike shop close to home or even on your route, and see what they recommend. A great shop will offer some kind of on going maintenance plan. They'll also have a good stock of gear appropriate to your local riding conditions, and suggestions for how to best secure your ride.