You don’t have to be a Tour de France-level cyclist to be deserving of new bike gear. Cycling is a true American pastime, with learning to ride a bike a right of passage for many. Wherever you fall on the cycling spectrum, here is a list of all the best bike gear and accessories to make your next bike ride, an epic one.
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Bike gear and bike baskets can be as beautiful as they are functional. The Portland Design Works Takeout Bike Basket is a nice-looking cargo basket with a simple mount system. Not too cumbersome, the Takeout Basket has a detachable roll-top bag that can carry a 6-pack, 3 chinchillas, and whatever else you can fit so once the bike is parked, you can carry your goods with you.
If you need an easy-to-mount basket to carry groceries, picnic essentials, or study-sesh essentials for school, you’ll like the Retrospec Steel Mesh Bike Basket. A number one best seller on Amazon, there is no shortage of great reviews for this weather-proof bike basket that’s easy to assemble and install.
If you are into handsome looking bags and a fan of distilled spirits, then check out the Walnut Studio Leather Barrel Bag. Not your average piece of bike gear, this small saddle bag tucks underneath your bike seat, and is large enough to carry your most vital pocket items like a cell phone, wallet and keys. Walnut Studio products are handcrafted in Oregon in a family-run workshop where good design and natural materials combine for high quality handmade goods.
The Thousand Adult Anti-Theft Bike Helmet is an ingenious solution in bike gear. Aside from the stylish design, this bike helmet has a patent-pending PopLock system that allows you to lock securely to your bike with a compatible bike lock. The unisex Thousand helmet comes in 10 different colors, has sweat-free vegan straps, and has simple ventilation without the sci-fi design to keep you looking and feeling cool on your next bike ride.
Nutcase bike helmets are all about individualization and personality. The Check Me Gloss Bike Helmet is part of the 2020 Street Collection, which features over 30 eye-catching pop designs which will help keep your noggin safe and visible to other motorists.
Bike gear doesn’t have to look traditional. In fact, if you want to keep your street casual look whilst riding a bike you might want your helmet to look like a hat. The Bandbox Panama Bicycle Helmet features a unisex fedora over a traditional bike helmet. Great for warmer months and climates, this bike helmet will add a sophisticated flair to your next bike riding adventure.
The force is strong with this helmet. Star Wars aficionados who aren’t afraid to show their level of fandom will love this Star Wars Bike Helmet by Bell. Whether you are an adult or child, you’ll have fun wearing a Classic R2D2 or Storm Trooper helmet that complies with all U.S. CPSC Safety Standards in case you just so happen to ride to a galaxy for away.
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In case your bike didn’t come stock with a water bottle cage, the Ibera Bicycle Bottle Cage is a solid option in bike gear to mount to your bike. Made of lightweight aluminum, this pair can be mounted to both the seat tube and the down tube and fits most standard-sized water bottles.
If your kind of bike riding involves a cup of coffee and a croissant, then check out the Portland Design Works Bar-Ista Coffee Cup Holder. This clamp-mounted bike accessory holds must coffee cups and travel mugs. Made of aluminum and lined with rubber for a secure grip, bike gear like this proves that you can have your cake and eat it, too.
The ultimate party bike accessory, the Donkey Products Bike Bag is made to carry a six-pack of your favorite cold beverages. Designed to be hung from a top tube, this sturdy beverage tote is made of coated canvas and comes in a bright orange color, adding a pop of fun to your bike gear.
If you’d like to pimp out your bike ride, the MonkeyLectric LED Wheel Lights are the flashiest way to do it. These waterproof lights dazzle and increase visibility, especially when you choose between the built-in designs and special effects. Put on a show with your bike gear, because these lights are not only built-to-last, but make great gifts, too.
If you’re like most people, addicted to your smartphone, then consider investing in a piece of bike gear like universal bike mount. Compatible with most handlebars, this nice and sturdy mount will hold your device so that you can maintain access to calls, maps, music, and more while biking.
Who doesn’t love to groove to cool tunes while riding a bike? The Avantree Portable Bluetooth Speaker can mount to a down tube on a bike frame. The speaker is shock-proof and splash-proof, and features three playing modes, all with rich bass. Whether you plan to use this speaker for intense mountain rides or at the beach, you’ll feel confident knowing that your speaker is backed by 24 months of Avantree product support.
If you ride crowded boardwalks and bike paths, you’ll know it’s nice to have a classic bike bell to ring when you’re about to pass instead of yelling out “on your left.” The Zukka Bike Bell has nice loud tone and matte finish so that your handlebar accoutrements don’t scream “kiddie bike.”
If your bike has a bigger personality than you, then it might need a Hamburger Bell by Lexco. Constructed of an internal steel dome with a molded composite exterior, this fun bike accessory will have you ringing your bell every chance you get on the boardwalk.
If a classic bike bell won’t cut it, then grab a retro bugle horn for your bike. Clownish indeed, this fun horn will be sure to get everyone’s attention on the bike path with its distinctive sound. And, if you ever tire of the Coolrunner Bugle Horn, it mounts to scooters, tricycles, or makes for a great dinner horn to bring everyone to the table.
If you’re really just a big kid at heart, pimp your ride with some colorful handlebar streamers by ASTRQLE. Perhaps not essential bike gear, these metallic streamers sure do make bike riding fun.
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Talk about luxury bike gear, have you heard of handlebar mitts? The Odier Bike Handlebar Mitts will keep your hands warm on cold days and during crisp morning rides. These mittens install with Velcro and zippers to the handlebars, no tools needed.
One way to class up an ordinary bike and make it look like a touring bike is to add handlebar tape. Available in chestnut-colored brown, black or dayglow green, handle wraps are inexpensive and easy to install bike gear.
Some people name their boats, others name their bikes. Now you can make it official with a custom and personalized bike decal sticker. ImprDesigns on Etsy can create custom decals for all of your bike gear- helmets, water bottles, and a bike frame. Available in 11 different colors and 7 different fonts, a personalized bike decal is a fun way to decorate a bike.
The Nulock Keyless Bluetooth Bike Lock is what happens when bike gear evolves with technology. No need for combos, this Bluetooth bike lock is app based uses keyless smart technology. An active vibration alarm thwarts would-be bike heists, along with 31 inches of 7 braided steel cord. A cool new way to secure a bike, the Nulock is also good for motorcycles, gates, and any other situation where you need to lock up your valuables.
The Titanker Bike Lock Cable is a no frills bike lock. With 4 ½ feet of vinyl coated cable it is capable of locking multiple bikes at the same time. Users can set their own four digit combination and with over 10,000 possibilities for that number, it makes it nearly impossible to crack. The Titanker Bike Lock comes with a mounting bracket that can attach to a seat post and stow neatly when not in use.
The Foldylock is all new in bike gear. With hardened steel links, this compact bike lock provides maximum security in a compact and easy-to-use design. The lock folds to a compact shape and can be stored in a frame mounted case when mounted to the bike.
If your bike riding plans require carrying precious cargo like toddlers and children, then a rear-mounted child seat is a safe way to go. The Thule Yepp Maxi Seat is made of soft, shock-absorbing foam and has a 5-point harness to keep kids secure in their seat. The Yepp Maxi fits rear bike racks and has built-in reflectors for maximum visibility. Designed to hold kids up to 40 pounds, this seat is comfortable and a good choice for tooling around town.
If your precious cargo has four legs, then you might need a rear-mounted carrier. Rear mounted attachments are ideal because they don’t interfere with steering and quick movements needed for good bike handling. The Basil Buddy is an adorable piece of bike gear made of hygienic and durable plastic. To ensure safety, a harness is included and an optional frame is available for added protection.
With only a few new pieces of bike gear, you’ll be ready to venture outdoors for an epic bike biding adventure. Biking is a great way to explore and burn calories. As far as fitness goes, bike riding counts and there’s no rule saying it can’t be fun!
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