A cross between a bicycle and a motorcycle, the Trefecta DRT e-Bike can keep you from breaking a sweat on your commute to work in the morning, wherever that may be. This military-spec bicycle boasts a 20″ 7075 aluminum frame that shelters all electronics, including an efficient pedelec system to move via pedalling at low speeds and electrical power when more speed — or torque — is needed. Throttle, suspension settings, gear selection, and trip functions are all operated using fly by wire controls right on the handlebar, like a motorcycle, displaying relevant information on a backlit center display. A large lithium-ion battery keeps the DRT rolling for over 60 miles even when you’re running out of juice and propels the bike to a maximum speed of roughly 43 miles per hour. And it even folds for easy transport and storage.
Learn more at Trefecta Mobility – roughly $25,000
Besides the bulk lugging around a solid steel bike lock entails, all that metal sure is heavy. It’s not uncommon to spot carbon road bikes secured using locks a quarter of their weight. Litelok promises otherwise. This flexible lock weighs in at under 2.2 pounds while remaining supremely resilient thanks to the composite nature of its Boaflexicore strap that withstands sustained attacks from cable cutters, bolt croppers, and hacksaws, taking well over five minutes to get through during in-house testing. It also locks quickly by snapping together with no key needed — that is, until you’re ready to unlock your bike — and mounts along the top tube or within your bicycle’s frame using two included WrapStraps. And if you fancy Boa green (shown) too flashy, Litelok also comes in subtler Herringbone and Crow Black.
Find it on Kickstarter – roughly $120
As the snow melts and cyclists take to the streets, remaining visible is of upmost importance. And when taking turns, forget attracting attention with a raised hand and instead demand it with Zackees Turn Signal Gloves. These spandex and leather cycling gloves boast a strip of LEDs below the knuckles that outputs up to 54 lumens of blinking wide angle light when two metal contacts between the thumb and index finger are pressed together, simultaneously emitting a tactile click. They also boast a built-in ambient light sensor that automatically boosts brightness for use in the day as well as at night. Else, they’re low-maintenance, with roughly 2 months of battery life even through daily use, and are durable enough to be washed, lights and all: just pop out the coin cell battery and throw them in the machine.
Grab a pair at Amazon or at Zackees – $85+
Sure, your overbuilt bike lock may thwart would-be thieves from making off with your frame and most of your ride, but more often than not your other pricy components are easily picked off by anyone with a couple of wrenches. Kryptonite’s WheelNutz eschews the need for multiple locks by instead securing your axles using a gravity locking system that won’t unscrew unless the bike is turned upside down, which, normally, is prevented by your primary lock. WheelNutz also install easily using nothing fancier than a 15mm wrench and boast weather protective coatings to stay corrosion-free through adverse weather.
Read more at Kryptonite – $31
Cleveland, home of carbon fiber and the Go-Go’s song most remembered because of a Dilbert look-alike. It’s this lightweight material that gives the UltraX Folding Bike a stiff, vibration absorbing ride that’s most often associated with aluminum frame bikes. Not only are the frame and fork made of carbon fiber, so too is the seat, dampening an already smooth ride. Even the crank set benefits from carbon fiber construction. A 20 speed SRAM X9 drivetrain boasts the range needed to make powering up steep terrain or leisurely cruising a breeze. But what makes the UltraX all the more amazing is its ability to fold to a tiny size for transport, aided by its paltry weight of 18.75 pounds. You can stow it in your trunk without having to move the body and still have room to spare.
Find it at Allen Sports – $5,000
Whether you’re storing your bike for the winter or in your pad for the night, its handlebar are bound to get in the way at some point. Make this process slightly less painless with FlipCrown, a bike accessory that lets you easily flip your threaded headset equipped handlebar 90° in seconds. To use it, loosen the stem bolt with the included tool, push FlipCrown’s button, and then flip the handlebar either way. It’s perfectly safe, installs easily in about 15 minutes, and makes a world of difference when mounting your bike onto a car or locking it to a crowded bike rack.
Head to Indiegogo – $30
Roof racks: you either have one or you don’t. Regardless, you won’t need any sort of permanent fixture to carry your two-wheeler with SeaSucker’s Bike Racks. These versatile mounts attach to your vehicle’s roof using incredible strong vacuum mounts, temporarily — and, importantly, securely — carrying your bike by its wheels, then detaching when no longer required without leaving any residue on the metal or glass. They attach in minutes and come in single, double, and triple bike variants to satisfy even bigger groups of bikers.
Check out the lineup at SeaSucker or Amazon – $270+
Visibility is key when it comes to night cycling. And while large, bright lights are appreciated, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to ensure you’re seen. Instead of being a permanent fixture on your bike, Lucetta Magnetic Bike Lights attach magnetically to a metallic segment of your bike when called upon and activate with a click, then detach, join together, and slip away into a pocket just as quickly. They’ll run for 40 hours on a couple of CR2032 batteries, feature several modes (steady beam, slow flash, or fast flash), and attach securely enough to endure even the bumpiest pothole-ridden streets.
Grab a set at Amazon – $25
Relying on either a dedicated GPS unit or your smartphone for navigation while cycling requires dangerously taking your eyes off the road and deciphering directions on a tiny screen. SmrtGRiPS offer a smarter, safer way to go about getting directions: these stealthy aluminum devices slip into standard straight handlebars (except drop downs, for now) and connect to your iOS or Android smartphone running Google Maps to give you distraction-free turn-by-turn directions in the form of haptic feedback delivered right to your hands. They’re also waterproof, boast high-capacity rechargeable batteries that last for 3 months between charges, and even let you locate your misplaced bike using their accompanying app.
Hit up IndieGoGo to pledge – $60+
Add a little boost to your pedal powered ride without the need for complicated gizmos or motors. Evelo’s Omni Wheel integrates a 350W hub motor, battery, and all electronics into one sleek contraption that installs in about a half hour by taking the place of your bike’s front wheel. The included display mounts wirelessly to your handlebars to tell you speed, distance travelled, let you adjust the level of assist, and report on remaining battery life, which is good for up to 40 miles of riding on a full charge.
Learn more at Evelo – $1000+