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you bike often or enjoy cycling to and from work, you may wonder if there are
things that can make your ride more comfortable — aside from getting a cushier
seat. Good news! Several of the items below can make your commute safer and
easier. Consider getting some of these biking essentials for a smoother
cycling to the next level with the SmartHalo. This discreet gadget has an
anti-theft alarm system, a night light to help drivers spot you and a
minimalist interface. SmartHalo also clips directly onto your bike to track
your fitness and notify you of incoming calls.
2. Kickstart Lumos Helmet
up the night with the Lumos Kickstart helmet. This essential piece of safety
gear outputs over 500 lumens of light in both the front and back so you’re
always visible. It also comes with a remote so you can activate turn signals on
the back of your helmet.
3. Turn Signal Gloves 2.0
you like the idea of a helmet with turn signals, you’ll love Turn Signal Gloves
— especially if you’re used to signaling with your hands. These leather cycling
gloves feature 54 lumen LEDs and a built-in rechargeable battery. Simply press
your thumb to your index finger to light up your glove and alert those behind
you of upcoming turns.
4. Revolights Eclipse
increase nighttime visibility with Revolights Eclipse. This simple bike
lighting system attaches to the inside of your wheels. It includes a headlight
in the front and a smart brake light in the rear. Unlike traditional head and
taillights, these illuminate both the pavement and objects above ground
5. RearViz SL-15
RearViz SL-15 gives you a pair of eyes on the back of your head — on your
wrist. This tiny rearview mirror looks like a watch until you open it up and
use it. Lightweight and half the size of a typical watch, this armband will
help keep you safe both day and night.
6. The Barrel Bag
likes backpack sweat but, if you have to tote things around on your bike, the
only way to do so is with a backpack, right? Wrong! There are several bicycle
saddlebags out there that clip right to the back of your seat. One of the most
stylish options is the Barrel Bag, a small leather tote that’s waterproof and
7. Six-Pack Frame Cinch
you’re at it, you might as well get a leather beer holder to match. The
six-pack Frame Cinch attaches any object with a handle to your top tube.
Available in honey, dark brown and black, the cinch will help you keep both
hands on your handlebars and transport your beverage of choice from the store
to home safely.
8. Trieste Coffee Cup Holder
you love biking to work but hate trying to steer with one hand and hold your
travel mug in the other? You need the Trieste Coffee Cup Holder. This nifty
device mounts onto your handlebars and fits reusable coffee cups with tapered
bodies and sealed lids.
9. Ninja Pump
a flat tire on your way to work can be an absolute nightmare if you don’t have
the tools to fix it. Luckily, you can take the Topeak Ninja P Mini-Pump
anywhere and always be prepared. This tool slides right inside your seat post
for quick and easy access.
10. Celtic Blu Portable Speaker
earbuds or headphones while cycling can be dangerous, especially if you bike in
high-traffic areas. Have a safer jam session with a portable Bluetooth speaker.
This specific one comes with a bike cage so you can control it from your
handlebars and still be aware of your surroundings.
11. Budge Waterproof Bike Cover
your bicycle from inclement weather when you aren’t riding it with a quality bike
cover. The Budge Waterproof Cover offers premium protection at an affordable
price. Plus, it fits bikes of multiple sizes.
12. Nulock Bluetooth Bike Lock
Keep your bike safe from thieves as well with a Bluetooth bike lock. While a traditional lock requires you to fidget with codes and keys, this one automatically unlocks when you’re in range. Additionally, if someone tries to disassemble it, an alarm will sound.
Making Cycling Easier
you’re doing it for the sake of the planet or your own health, cycling can be
tiring, especially if you don’t have the right equipment. Invest in a more
comfortable, safer ride by getting a few gadgets. You’ll be happy you did.