Riding your bike past dusk is just plain foolish – that is, unless you’ve taken adequate precautions to ensure that motorists see you. Unfortunately, small square reflectors or lights mounted on the tail of a bicycle are drastically limited by their placement and surface area. Enter the Revolights Arc. Arc replaces the rear fender of the bicycle with a dual-blade light system that can not only be seen from the rear but from the sides as well. Because of riveting to the fender, it’s nearly impossible to remove (or steal) without detaching the entire fender. Else, rear wheel speed is detected by sensors within the lights to create a functional brake light upon deceleration, and its Li-Poly battery can be charged directly from any USB port in under 2 hours to power the unit for 8 hours of night biking fun.
Go pledge at Kickstarter – $70+
VACO12 isn’t a Soviet space capsule, it’s the revolutionary system that may make Rockwell’s bike helmet the new industry standard. Most helmets use hard outer shells filled with foam. Rockwell blows this process away by using three layers: a hard shell, a soft shell and the VACO12 cushions that adapt to the shape of your noggin. The difference is higher flexibility, less material, and far superior fit with no pressure points and better ventilation. In the event that the helmet comes into contact with a hard object or surface, the VACO12 system disperses the impact energy in every direction, resulting in minimal shock. And if superior protection, comfort and cutting edge design weren’t enough, Rockwell’s lineup comes in a wide array of colors that can be mixed and matched to fit your on-bike personality.
Learn more at Rockwell Headgear – $TBA
Cycling, unfortunately, is rife with inherent risks, notably those associated with careless drivers piloting a one ton heap of steel in your vicinity. One method that’s effectively curbed speeding and reckless driving is the use of traffic cameras, and by that logic so might the Fly6. Fusing a highly visible red taillight to a 720p high-definition rear facing camera, Fly6 draws attention to its recording capabilities thanks to a rotating bezel light around the lens, hopefully inciting drivers into greater attentiveness. With a 5 hour runtime per charge, looping video recording on an included 8GB microSD card, and straightforward operation – basically, when the light’s on, it’s recording – cyclists can rest a little easier knowing Fly6 has their back (and at the least provides some video evidence in case of an incident).
Check it out at Kickstarter – $120+
Bike-mountable messenger bags needn’t look the part, though that’s not to say that Nisnas line of bags are in any way conventional. The Kul Rex keeps its shape thanks to a racing stripe-adorned wooden spine along its underside that also protects its contents while looking sharp coupled to a handsome brown leather. Its two closure straps adjust to fit snugly over most flat bar bikes, a third keeping it from swinging, while the multitude of internal pockets and compartments carry along a tablet or small laptop, books, pens, and whatever else compact gadgetry you’ve got in an orderly manner.
Biking with empty pockets feels great, and we’re not about to weigh down our shorts with a hefty flask. Feel the same way? You’ll be ecstatic to learn about this simple fix: Ahearne’s Mud Flask Seat Mounted Holder. Find a place for this tubular stainless steel cage under your ride’s saddle and securely slide in any standard 6- or 8-ounce flask, out of sight and out of mind… at least until you arrive.
Shit happens. Regular bike commuters know that. Fight back with Full Windsor’s Nutter Cycle Multitool, a small, packable roll that’s filled with virtually everything needed to address your most common biking headaches. The kit includes 8 screw bits, a bit extender, plus the main tool, which packs a nylon tire lever, 15mm box head spanner, spoke key, and bottle opener for when repairs are done and over. The velcro-and-button burnt brown or jet black leather roll also keeps everything nicely organized thanks to individual pouches made of recycled inner tubes.
Find it at Full Windsor – roughly $65
Simultaneously bizarre-looking yet undeniably genius, Bar Mitts are the perfect accessory for bike commuters living in cities where adverse conditions – whether winter-related or not – make riding uncomfortably cold or wet. These waterproof neoprene mitts fit over a variety of handlebars, from Shimano and SRAM drop bars to commuter and flat bars, sheltering your hands from wind, rain, and snow. They’re large enough to easily slide in and out of, install in no time thanks to a zipper closure, and cinch down using velcro to stay securely in place.
If you rely on your bike daily to get you to work, you know what it feels like to arrive disheveled, your hair a sweating mess under your helmet, armpits stained and the rest of your body moist. Parker Dusseau’s new triple button Commuter Suite, designed specifically for well-dressed bicycle commuters, takes care of all that (except perhaps the hair). The suit offers great looks and a cool ride thanks to a breathable fabric that combines 135 Superwool with spandex for stretch and a moisture resistant outer layer. The jacket’s lined with a poly tricot mesh with more spandex to wick moisture away from the body, pleated for ease of motion and minimizing resistance across the shoulders and back, plus features reverse coil armpit zippers to increase ventilation and internal deep pockets secure their contents. Hell, the pants even have hidden button cuffs to protect them from the chain and increase visibility, alongside a slew of other hidden reflective elements. Just don’t forget the comb.
Build your own ride with Sandwichbike, the first flat packed two-wheeler that ships straight to your door and assembles in less than an hour. Instead of a typical welded frame, Sandwichbike employs large, weather-coated beech plywood plates that come together with bolts and aluminum smart cylinders using the included tools, just like building Ikea furniture (you’ve been training for this your whole life). Other features include 26-inch Big Apple tires, a Shimano single speed with coaster brake, and of course a design that’s sure to turn more than a few heads.
Hit up Sandwichbikes for more info or to preorder – roughly $1,100
Head to Kickstarter for more info – $2,000