Cycling Accessories: Bikes are very basic machines, but by taking along or equipping your rig with a few accessories, you can ensure that every ride is enjoyable and hassle-free. So we’ve put together a list of our favourite bike accessories, ranging from day-to-day maintenance and on-the-cycle repair equipment to safety gear.
Biria Plaza Basket
A handlebar-mounted basket is a simple and quick method to increase your bike’s carrying capacity. Although it is usually a pain in the neck to install it. A quick-release attachment, like as the one on the Plaza, eliminates the hassle of wrestling all those little parts into place while still allowing you to ride without the basket. If you’re out shopping, the connected handle allows you to collect your purchases as you go, eliminating the need for a throwaway bag at the finish. This plastic basket is available in a variety of colourful and subdued hues.
Spurcycle Compact Bell
This sleek, straightforward bell provides a courteous and pointed method to clear the path so you may continue cruising. It has a loud, clear ring, yet it’s tiny and compact enough that it won’t get in the way of your handlebar arrangement. The bell is also simple to install, and Spurcycle guarantees a lifetime warranty on the parts, so you won’t have to worry about them wearing out. Only 22.2mm handlebars, which are seen on many mountain and commuter bikes, but not drop bars, are compatible with the design.
Oopsmark Bicycle Wine Rack
We all know that no matter how hard we try, wine bottles are too large to fit in a bottle cage. That difficulty is solved by this handcrafted leather bicycle wine rack. It connects simply to most bikes’ top tubes; the top tube must be at least as long as the bottle you wish to carry. The antique brass fasteners are only decorative—hidden clamps firmly keep the bottle in place. If you wish to match it to your saddle, each piece is handcrafted in Montreal and comes in tan, brown, or black. Here’s a video of the installation process.
Cycling Accessories: Thousand Heritage Bike & Skate Helmet
This is one helmet we’d want to wear to the bar. The stylish, comfy Thousand Heritage won a position in our 100 Best Products of 2020 after being inspired by antique motorcycle helmets. It has vegan leather straps and front and back vents to keep you cool. The emblem on the back of the helmet lifts out to reveal a tiny channel through which you may secure the helmet with your lock. You can fine-tune the fit with an adjustable dial, and we had no problem latching the magnetic buckle with only one hand. However, if you frequently place your helmet on the ground, do so dome-up with this one because it scratches readily.
Cycling Accessories: Orucase Saddle Bag
Orucase, the company behind the popular Airport Ninja and Sub62 travel cases, has lately expanded its product line to include bike bags. The Saddle Bag is a minimalist masterpiece constructed of durable, waterproof X-Pac sailcloth and has only one zipper and one strap. This little bag comes in two sizes (25 and 30 cubic inches) and has a Voile ski strap for added security. It has enough room for a compact flat-repair kit (you’ll need an extra tube sized for your wheels, tyre levers, and a portable inflation device) and attaches extra-securely.
Stan’s No Tubes Dart Tool
Tubeless tyres have taken over in just a decade (or more). Despite its advantages—lower pressures, fewer flats—repair is a difficult task. Stan’s Dart is introduced. The “feathers” contain a chemical that reacts with latex-based sealants to essentially regenerate the tire’s casing. The applicator tool is nicely constructed, and it works quickly and lasts a long time (one tester’s Dart-ed tyre was still running strong months later).
SKS Commuter II Fenders
Installing a set of fenders on your bike will vastly improve your riding experience in inclement weather. Riding on wet roads, even after the rain stops, causes your tyres to spit water up into the air, splashing you in the face and back. With this inexpensive stainless steel pair from SKS, you can protect yourself and your clothing. The fenders are available in silver or black and come in a variety of wheel sizes (so carefully check yours before buying). They take a little longer to install, but they’re more attractive and lasting than temporary plastic fenders that can be easily installed and removed.
PDW, based in Portland, Oregon, manufactures a variety of bike accessories, including the Rose City Tool Keg, which contains CO2 and tyre levers, donut-covered bar tape, various racks and baskets, and these and other clever aluminium bottle cages. In addition to the Owl (pictured), you may get the Sparrow, Lucky Cat, or Very Good Dog (the latter two, which are $6 more expensive, come with matching water bottles on PDW’s website). These aren’t for the race-bike weight-conscious; they’re for the fun-loving leisure riders among us.
A variety of ride-tracking applications are available for download, allowing your smartphone to act as a bike computer. They can collect data from your rucksack, but a handlebar attachment for your phone can allow you observe your ride in real time. When you go over bumps, the silicone straps on this one provide a little suspension, allowing the phone to bounce without falling out of the holster. While riding, use your GPS hands-free, log your workout, or make a phone call.
Cycling Accessories: PoCampo Chelsea Trunk Bag
Half of your bike commuting problems are solved with this 8-by-7-by-12-inch bag. With four hook-and-loop connectors, it’s simple to fasten on your back rack. It’s self-supporting, so even when it’s not entirely packed, it keeps its shape. It also includes eight dedicated compartments for vital items such as a tablet, water bottle, phone, and wallet. It’s also totally waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about getting your groceries or devices wet. Once you’ve arrived at your location, just carry it as a fashionable shoulder bag using the long, adjustable strap. And if that’s not enough to make you feel good, Po Campo donates 1% of the MSRP of each bag sold to a charity of your choice.