Must-have bike gadgets and accessories
We're all tired of being stuck indoors. And a bike ride might be just what the doctor ordered to get you outdoors safely. Maybe it's a leisurely ride to soak up some sun since there are fewer cars on the road. Or maybe it's a jaunt down to the grocery store to pick up a few things. Whatever the reason you're getting out on your bike right now, we have the bike gadgets you need to make your ride safer and easier.
Right now, we’re seeing a lot of things happening in the world. Sure, it’s all pandemic and self-isolation and COVID-19 stuff, and it’s stressful and overwhelming. But while that’s going on, people staying inside more impacted the earth—in a good way. The earth is recovering from people, from pollution. In India, people are seeing a noticeable difference in air quality. And in Venice, the canals are clearer. Sure, we’re all going to be back out and living life, but hopefully noticing the differences will spark some awareness and some more mindful practices when this is over. Right now, maybe you’re working on doing your part and riding your bike more to get the groceries instead of taking the car. If you are, it’s important that you’re safe. And if there are bike gadgets that can make your trip a little easier, too, why not utilize those as well?
If you’re tired of being stuck in the house and a bike ride is on your to-do list, check out these bike gadgets and accessories to make your ride better.
FEND One Foldable Bike Helmet
Ideal for commuters, the FEND One Foldable Bike Helmet folds to a compact size. Available in black, white, and yellow, this bicycle helmet can become half its size. In fact, when you bend this folding helmet in half, it takes up just 60% of its original size, making it easy to fit in your messenger bag. Don’t worry, all of this bending and folding doesn’t affect the integrity of the FEND One. What’s more, it exceeds safety standards set by the US CPSC and European EN1078 for bicycles under 20 mph.
Pixel Dual Color Bike Light
Use one light in multiple ways with the Pixel Dual Color Bike Light. This two-in-one device can emit either white or red light, depending on what you need. Offering complete flexibility, Pixel works as a rear or front light on your bicycle. Similarly, the included multi-mount and Velcro strap makes it easy to attach it wherever you need it. In fact, you can even place it right on your body. Plus, the dual-color bike light provides up to ten hours of battery life on a single charge. Thanks to its IP54 waterproof rating, it works well outdoors.
Hiplok ANKR Maximum Security Bicycle Anchor
If you don’t have somewhere secure to lock up your bicycle, the Hiplok ANKR Maximum Security Bicycle Anchor will provide it. When installed on a wall, the ANKR works with both chain-style and D-shaped locks. Available in black, red, and white, this bike anchor is easy to install, but it’s not easy to break into. That’s because it has a hardened steel design and works on masonry, concrete, or wood. Additionally, the opening reaches 75 by 44 millimeters and has a rubberized spot to protect your bike frame from potential scrapes. Pair it with the Hiplok D lock, and this device will make your bicycle more secure than ever.
Roadwarez Cruiser Smart Cycling Backpack
Ensure drivers see your turn signals with the Roadwarez Cruiser Smart Cycling Backpack. That’s right: this cycling bag displays customizable LEDs. With the connected app, you can get directions to where you’re going. As you’re following the map, the app communicates with the bike bag to display your turn signal. While you still may want to use your arm signals, this messenger bag helps drivers see you—especially at dawn and dusk. And with its built-in motion sensors, the app can detect if you fall. If that happens, it’ll automatically alert your emergency contacts with a text.
Swytch eBike Conversion Kit
Don’t spend your whole paycheck on an eBike when you can use the Swytch eBike Conversion Kit to boost your current bicycle with electric power. This electric bicycle kit is a compact, handheld setup that works with any bicycle. Simply put it on your handlebars and connect it to your bicycle to get that extra power. Additionally, this kit allows you to climb 30% grades with ease and gives you a battery range of 50 kilometers. And with a total weight of just three kilograms, you won’t even notice the Swytch is on your bicycle—until you need it.
Hövding 3 Urban Cyclist Airbag
It might not seem as safe as a helmet, but the Hövding 3 Urban Cyclist Airbag may, in fact, be safer. Reading your movements 200 times per second, this airbag inflates in the event of an accident. When it detects that an accident has occurred, it inflates around your neck and head in just 0.1 seconds. And when you connect this airbag helmet to your smartphone using Bluetooth, it automatically notifies emergency contacts. Additionally, this feature tells you the bicycle airbag’s battery status and notifies you when it needs recharging.
LUCIA Intelligent Bike Tail Light
Be seen day or night while you ride with the LUCIA Intelligent Bike Tail Light. Designed with the modern cyclist in mind, this innovative light is loaded with smart features. Thanks to the advanced triaxial accelerate sensor, LUCIA automatically triggers a stoplight when you brake. This instantly alerts drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists around you. In addition, it has a built-in sensor to detect environmental brightness and adjust itself automatically. Offering a 180-degree field of view, you get full visibility up to 1 kilometer. Fitting right on your seat rail, this aerodynamic bike light even senses when you set off and detects when you take a break.
It’s a great idea to ride your bike more right now to get outside, and it’s an even better idea to keep it going once everything in your area opens back up. And with these bike gadgets, you’ll have everything you need, and some things you didn’t know you needed. What are some must-have accessories you use when you’re biking? Let us know in the comments!
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