A lot can go wrong mechanically, even on just two wheels. Stay prepared with Crank Brothers Y-Shaped Multi Tools, a set of super compact tools that easily slips into a seat bag, hydration pack, or even a pocket. The Y-12 predictably includes 12 tools, amongst them a patch kit, two torx wrenches, both Phillips and flat heat screwdrivers, plus seven hex wrenches. And while slightly heavier, the Y-16 also includes a CO2 inflator, two spoke wrenches, and a chain tool, albeit at the cost of losing the patch kit.
Fat bikes are great for tackling unstable terrain, but pushing all that rubber is energy consuming. Not so with the RadRover Electric Fat Bike, which couples a 48V Samsung battery to a 750W brushless geared hub motor in the rear wheel to quickly get you to speeds of up to 20mph without breaking a sweat and continue riding for up to 30 miles, no pedalling required. A large LCD display brings together a speedometer, power gauge, odometer, and the like all from the center of the handlebars for keeping an eye on the state of affairs. Else, the bike also features a 7 speed Shimano drive train to make matching pedalling to terrain a breeze, a suspension fork that synergizes with the tires for unparalleled ride comfort, front and read Tektro disk brakes for solid stopping power, and a lightweight 6061 aluminum frame.
Find it at Indiegogo – $1,200
Bicycle helmets rapidly become a nuisance once arrived at your destination, since it’ll take a specialized pack — or an overly big one — to stash yours away discreetly. Closca solves this issue with their Fuga Folding Helmet, a helmet whose appeal isn’t limited to a sleek, minimal design. Thanks to three articulated rings, the 2015 Red Dot winning Fuga folds flat and stays that way in a single motion. The spacing between each ring when expanded also doubles as air vents to keep your noggin cool while riding. And, most importantly, it’s also safe thanks to a fibreglass-reinforced structure and expanded polystyrene foam shell, meeting safety standards in the USA, European Union and Asia.
Available in black and white at Closca – roughly $80
As gorgeous as it is lightweight, the Lenkr V1-Walnut Handlebar is the perfect addition to any distinctive fixie or singlespeed bike. Each unit is machined from a solid piece of walnut that’s then finished with a weather-durable, UV-protected varnish and reinforced using a vibration-absorbing aluminum core. It’s also equipped with precision milled anodized end caps and boasts a 31.8mm diameter, making it suitable for use with most recent stems.
Learn more at Lenkr – roughly $205
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.
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