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We’re browsing through the goodies available for this year’s bike-riding season. What types of accessories do you use? Do you need gift ideas for a favorite bike enthusiast? Maybe even a folding bike?! Come see what we found.
KNOG Oi Bike Bell
Alert others to your presence with the unique ring of a KNOG Oi Bike Bell (hear the sound here). Available in two sizes and four colors (brass, copper, black and aluminum), the Oi is made of aircraft grade aluminum, sits discreetly on your handlebar and emits a sound that grabs attention without sounding like a fog horn. It makes a great gift for those who want a bell that doesn’t look like a bell. (Prefer a bit louder ring? The ebos Alpenhupe is a cowbell for your bike, weatherproof and easily operated). Buy it here.
Timbuk2 Goody Box
At less than 6 ounces, the lightweight Timbuk2 Goody Box attaches easily to the top tube via hook and straps to secure your favorite carry-alongs for the ride. With thermoplastic polyurethane for simplified cleaning and separate slots for your credit cards and ID, you can’t go wrong attaching this box for your own goodies or gifting your cycling pals with one in a different color – there are six to choose from. Buy it here.
Bright Eyes Waterproof Rechargeable Headlight
With a substantial number of bicycling accidents occurring due to lack of visibility at junctions, it makes sense to add as much light to your ride as you can. The Bright Eyes Waterproof Rechargeable Headlight has adjustable settings, fits all types of handlebars, shines very brightly (1200 lumens) and is easily detachable in case the bike needs to be left outside. The battery lasts over 5 hours on the highest setting, 26+ on the lowest. Includes a free tail light, lifetime guarantee on headlight and one year warranty on the battery. Buy it here.
FANCYWING Turn Signal Bike Pack Accessory
For safety-conscious night riders, the FANCYWING Turn Signal Bike Pack Accessory ‘s widget easily clips onto any backpack, letting drivers behind you know your intentions to turn right or left, continue straight ahead or stop, via the wireless remote control. Convenient for students or anyone who rides with a backpack, the FANCYWING recharges from any USB port or your computer. (Prefer a different type of turn signal? Try CYCL WingLights, compatible with any straight or curved handlebars up to a 30-degree angle, or Zackees Turn Signal Gloves, which allow riders to simply lift an arm to signal a turn in attention-grabbing LED lights.) Buy it here.
If you’re shopping for a more frolicsome rider, you can’t go wrong with this colorful twist on bike reflectors. Maintain high visibility while dazzling onlookers with 200 lumens of light output as these M232R Monkey Lights let your wheels give a light show with countless illuminated spinning patterns. Comes with a USB battery for recharging and 32 full color LEDs. Buy it here.
Granit X-Plus 540 Bike Lock
If your biker buddy has the best bike, they’ll need the best lock. When you need the ultimate in bike theft protection, the Granit X-Plus 540 does the job. This lock’s patented technology thwarts attacks by pulling, striking, lock picking and up to 13 tons of bolt cutting force while considered among the best standard size U-Locks at a lightweight 3.2 lbs. The automatic keyhole cover keeps out dirt and corrosion, and two keys come with each lock – one equipped with an LED light. (Want something fancier? Check out LINKA’s Smart Bike Lock with built-in tamper alert sensors that emit a 110-decibel alarm, keyless access and motion alerts to your phone.) Buy it here.
Burley Travoy Bike Trailer
When there is cargo to carry, give this trailer a try. Suitable for up to a 60-pound haul, you can also convert it into a rolling cart to use separately from the bike when needed. Folds down into a compact tote to carry along, and comes with a 3-year warranty. An Amazon’s Choice item, the Burley Travoy Bike Trailer maintains a 4.6 star rating after 133 customer reviews. Buy it here.
Lumos Smart Bike Helmet
Perfect for the biker pal who likes to take things up a notch. The Lumos Smart Bike Helmet is connected to a wireless remote for left and right turn signaling while the built-in accelerometer senses when you’re braking and lets drivers behind you see red. With ten bright LEDs in the front and 38 in the back, this brilliant helmet is weatherproof, rechargeable and intuitive. Especially brag-worthy? This one made it onto Oprah’s Favorite Things list! Available in six different color combos. Buy it here.
Recon Jet Smart Glasses
For the biker with everything, there’s Recon Jet Smart Glasses. Put these bad boys on to get live updates on your maps and metrics instantly just below your right eye. Track heart rate, distance, speed and more. Powers on instantly when you look at it, then turns off when you look away. Take a photo or record a video with a right double-tap, and control your music playback speed, track and more. Buy it here.
Still even better than all of the above, did you know AAA covers bikes too? Available to all membership levels, bike riders get two free calls per year anytime 24/7 and there’s no need to sign up. Just call the number on your AAA card (1-800-AAA-HELP) and help is on the way.
Happy cycling and don’t forget to ride safely and stay visible.
Which biker gadgets caught your eye today? Share your favorites with us in the comments below and let us know how they worked for you!