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+
We’d much rather keep our backs free, cool and airy while riding. And for light duties, Fairweather’s Handle Bar Bag should do just fine. These bags boast water-resistant fabric, impermeable zippers, and two adjustable straps that accommodate virtually all handlebars. Each is made up of two main compartments — a large, versatile roll top bag and a detachable accessory pack — the latter of which features a flip-up accessory pocket complete with a clear, touchscreen-compatible window that’s perfect for consulting your smartphone or a paper map.
Hit up Fairweather for details – $128 [via]
Bike etiquette has it that signalling your turn involves holding out your arm, temporarily sacrificing balance in the hopes of being noticed. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work as well as we’d like to think, particularly in poor light and weather conditions. WingLights, instead, brings the tried and true method employed by every other road vehicle to your bike. Replace your handlebar covers with their magnetic fittings, then stick WingLights onto your handles before riding. One quick tap activates the desired signal, emitting highly visible amber light via LEDs, and another deactivates it after the turn is complete. They’re also designed to be waterproof and shockproof, last 3 months on a single set of batteries, and pop off your bike in an instant to prevent theft, attaching magnetically to the included carry-away keyring.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $22+
People have trouble with their literal versus figurative. No one literally hangs around their house, but now your velocipede can. When space is at a premium, the Tern Perch Bicycle Wall Mount frees up more floor with no hassle. Dumbfoundingly simple, the Tern Perch has no latches, straps or catches. A rubber coating protect the paint on whatever happens to be hanging, and there’s even slots for attaching a helmet, clothing, or for locking your bike to it, if you for some reason needed to. Hardware for mounting on wood or concrete walls is included and the mount adjusts in angle to fit most bikes up to 40lbs.
Learn more at Tern – $70
When it comes to describing Orfos’ Flare bike lights, bright is an understatement. Each Flare packs nine half-watt LEDs, outputting 300 lumens (red flare) to 500 lumens (white flare) that match the overall brightness and dispersion of car taillights and daytime running lights. They also offer 360° visibility thanks to their clear polycarbonate shell and reflective interior, are entirely waterproof (they’ve gone diving), boast a rechargeable LiFePo4 battery that outlives lithium, and a mounting system that employs extremely strong N52-grade neodymium magnets for quick and easy removal.
Find Flare at Kickstarter – $120 (each) or $230 (both)
Full Windsor knows bikes. Their Nutter multitool packed the most common cycling-related tools into one compact package, including a tire lever, spoke key, a hex driver accompanied by a variety of bits, a bit extender, and a bottle opener. The Breaker bases itself on this extensive functionality, further expanding it to include a chain breaker as well, complete with tool grade stainless steel pin and a magnetic bit slot for using the bit extender as a handle. It’s also lightweight like its predecessor (6.5 ounces total) and small enough to stay on your bike at all times, packing up into the included leather and recycled inner tube pouch.
Go pledge at Kickstarter – $65
A bike hoodie that doesn’t look like one, Chrome’s Base Cobra is packed with cyclist-centric features that will handily dethrone whatever you currently wear while riding. A slightly longer torso and arm cut makes for better shielding against the cold, bolstered by its build material, ultrasoft heathered technical fleece. The Base Cobra also boasts thumb holes, a high neck collar with a 3 panel hood, and numerous zippered pockets, including a wrist key-stash, lateral hand warmers, and a pass through back cargo pocket.
Find it at Chrome Industries – $100
Front derailleurs are finicky little contraptions. Never tune one again with Efneo’s 3-gear front gearbox, a clean, low-maintenance alternative to the most bothersome bicycle component in existence. Equipped with a concealed planetary gearbox, it’ll fit on any frame designed for a tapered square axle bottom bracket and smoothly shifts between three gears under load or even at a standstill using a one-cable paddle shifter. Plus, it works equally well with rear derailleur-equipped bikes as to add a few gears to a fixie.
Learn more at Efneo – $TBA