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
Bicycle accessories are all too often cheap-looking or poorly constructed, resulting in an object you’ll never want attached to a sleek, two wheeled urban cruiser. Not so with this cup holder from Brooklyn-based Death at Sea. Known for putting out killer laser-cut products, Death at Sea’s holder is made of rugged die cut black or grey silicone rubber and fits best on a men’s style bike frame, in reach right up front where the tubes meet. Plus, should you inevitably spill a bit of iced coffee in it while taking a drop, it wipes clean easily.
Grab one at Death at Sea – $50
Properly securing a bike is a headache and a half. Sure, a decent U-lock might keep your frame from getting stolen, but then a wheel or two might be up for grabs, not to mention your saddle. Short of avoiding quick release fasteners (which is a good idea regardless), there’s Seatylock, which kills two birds with one stone in that it functions as a seat and a lock, naturally making the former that much harder to steal. Its universal adaptor finds any standard bike and adjusts for your preferred seat angle. Once set up, pop it off the post, unfold its chain links, and secure Seatylock around a bike rack, your frame, and perhaps one wheel, space withstanding.
Find it at Kickstarter – $85
While it’s not quite ready for prime time, the Yerka Project is still of great interest to us if for one reason: it’s the world’s first nigh impossible-to-steal bike. Its secret involves a frame that also doubles as its own lock: Yerka’s down tube opens up and folds outwards to give a few inches of clearance for slipping this bike through a tree, post, or rack. Then, remove the seat post, slide it through, and lock it, simultaneously securing your saddle, seat post, and frame while also sparing you the need of lugging around a hefty lock. Cutting through the lock results in partially destroying the bike – quite the contrary goal of any sensible bike thief – making this bike the hardest to steal yet providing its lock is resilient to picking attemps.
Sign up for updates here – $TBA
While there’s nothing wrong with giving our arms the occasional workout propelling a kayak or canoe, there’s a reason land-borne bicycles are foot-pedal powered. Schiller’s X1 Water Bike takes advantage of your strongest limbs thanks to a conventional bicycle design mounted atop two rugged, dual-chamber inflatable pontoons, attaining speeds of roughly 8 knots (10 mph) on open water. The California-made X1 is also adjustable to fit a variety of rider sizes, mounts or dismounts in 10 minutes to pack away on most vehicle bike racks and trunks, and boasts two oscillating propellers that eliminate any need for a rudder.
Read more at Schiller – $6495+ [via]