You could argue that the weight difference is negligible, but if for you every gram counts Fabric’s Cageless Water Bottle is the way to go. Mount the two ultralight studs — each weighing in at 1.5 grams (0.53 ounces) — onto your bike’s frame, and when you’re not carrying a bottle the frame is as good as bare. When you do need to lug around the 600ml bottle, just slip it onto the studs in just one intuitive motion.
Learn more at Fabric – $TBA
Thought you needed a rack to carry loads of gear on your bike? Think again. The Restrap Touring Saddle Bag is affixed to just your seat post and saddle without the use of tools, holding large dry bags of between 8 to 13 litres. Attaching your dry bag is easy thanks to its hard case design, and can be done even while wearing a pair of clumsy gloves thanks to its unique magnetic buckle. It’s also made from 1000D military-grade cordura, meaning this saddle bag should last about as long as you.
Find it at Restrap or Union of Pedallers – $140+
It could be argued that bicycle turn signals — when actually present — aren’t mounted visibly enough. The Lumos Bicycle Helmet takes care of that by strapping highly conspicuous turn signals, brake lights, and even a headlight onto your head. Lumos meets American (CPSC) and European (EN1078) bicycle helmet safety standards and functions just like a normal helmet until you turn it on. When you do by pressing its button, the helmet’s front and rear lights flash to attract attention and the brake light activates when slowing down thanks to an integrated accelerometer. And no need to lift your hands off of the handles to turn: a handlebar-mounted, waterproof wireless remote activates either right or left turn signals at the push of a button.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $100
Display your ride on a rack that’s worthy of it with the Artifox Bike Rack. Uniting solid hardwood like maple or walnut with powder coated steel hardware, this rack is built to last and frees up more space versus just leaning your bike on a wall. The mounting system self-levels the rack along any surface while concealing the final screw with a magnet, and the leather-guarded wheel holder fits all bike wheels up to 4.5″ in width.
Find it at Artifox – $250
As long as roads are shared, biking will to some degree be inherently dangerous. Make it less so with the Garmin Varia Rearview Bike Radar. Consisting of a radar-equipped taillight and a stem-mountable head unit — both wirelessly linked — Varia detects vehicles approaching from behind at distances up to 153 yards and warns of their individual relative speeds and threat levels so you can react appropriately. It also brightens and flashes the taillight to grab the attention of approaching drivers and integrates with Garmin’s Edge cycling computers for seamless warnings alongside cycling information and turn-by-turn directions.
Pick one up at Garmin – $200
Small enough to slip into a pocket or saddle bag yet packed with 13 functions, Fabric’s Chamber Multitool covers all the screwdrivers and bits you’d need to adjust or add/remove just about anything on your bike. Chamber’s cap comes in either ratcheting or fixed designs and unscrews to reveal a variety of bits, Torx, flathead, and Phillips screwdrivers. The canister itself is also big enough to double as a hefty grip while working, making this multitool as functional as it is compact.
Read more at Fabric – $47 to $55
Bikes and good beer go hand in hand. NubNub’s Pub-Nub guarantees you’re never locked out of your favorite brew after a long, arduous ride by mounting a bottle opener to the end of your handlebar. Pub-Nub installs using just a 5mm hex wrench, taking the place of the otherwise useless plug occupying the hole in your handlebar, and is machined of solid T6061 aluminum to reliably crack open bottles over the long haul. Available in either matte gray and matte black variants.
Check it out at NubNub or UncommonGoods – $20 [via]
Most bicycle lights settle for lighting the path ahead. Ding Bike Lights, on the other hand, outputs not only a blinding 400 lumens forward but also a downward beam of 150 lumens, forming a highly conspicuous rectangle around you and your ride in order to increase your visibility to drivers. Ding also mounts discreetly below your handlebar — aero or not — using an included silicone strap clamp, lasts between 2.5 and 6 hours per charge depending on brightness setting, and quickly slips in and out of its mounted holster for topping off its battery (and to keep would-be thieves from grabbing it for themselves).
Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $55+
A little bolder than your average bicycling apparel, the Search and State S1-Aloha Riding Jersey features a custom print for livening up your summer rides. The S1-Aloha is made in New York using the same breathable, luxurious and durable fabric as the brand’s more discreet jerseys and otherwise boasts the same three rear pocket configuration, waist grippers to keep it locked down, and a reliable Riri zipper along the front.
Hit up Search and State for details – $155
Whether you’re riding for leisure or competitively, Rohner’s Street Racing Cycling Socks give your feet far more thought than does whatever you currently wear. These anatomical socks feature a CoolMax sweat-wicking construction, strategic cushioning to mitigate stress on high strain areas, plus antibacterial and anti-odor MerylSkinlife yarn to keep fresh through lengthier rides. Rohner also makes a variety of other specialized active socks for running, hiking, skiing, and even for dress.
Find it at Rohner Socks – $20