With warmer weather finally here, lots of cyclists are taking their bikes out of winter storage and gearing up for long rides with friends. Hunting for the coolest cycling gear? The best bike accessories can improve your time, and help you ride more safely and comfortably. Here are ten of the best bike accessories we recommend for cyclists in 2015, no matter their age or ability level. Whether you’re looking for gloves, glasses, bags, racks, lights, or heart rate monitors, there’s something cool and practical on this list that will appeal to you. Read on to see our favorite bike accessories for cyclists in 2015.
1. Zackees LED Turn Signal Gloves for Cycling
For cyclists who have to share the road with automobiles, these cool gloves will help you ride more safely, especially in low light conditions. The gloves light up to indicate which direction you will be turning. The lights are bright enough to be seen at night, or during the day.
These gloves are machine washable, which is great for cyclists who are fed up with gear that requires special care. Plus, you can wash the gloves without removing the electronics first. The gloves are backed by a six month “no questions asked” warranty. Able to stand up to even heavy rain, these gloves are a particularly great bike accessory for urban cyclists.
Price: $95.31 (3 percent off MSRP)
2. Recon Jet Smart Glass for Sports
Available now, the Recon Jet smart glasses are available in black or white. These high-tech goggles are designed for use by runners and cyclists. As you exercise, the glasses send your activity tracking data to apps like Strava, Training Peaks, or MapMyFitness.
These glasses boast on-board GPS, making them ideal for seeing your performance metrics in real time. And because these smart glasses work can connect using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or ANT+, they’ll play nice with your other fitness accessories, such as heart rate or cadence sensors.
Beyond tracking your workout data, these glasses can also capture photo and video of your ride, making it easy to share your memories with fellow cyclists. Plus, the glasses can connect to your smartphone, allowing you to check caller ID, review texts, and even control your music.
3. Orfos Flare 360 Degree Bike Headlight & Tail Light
If you are relying on reflective clothing and your bike’s standard front and tail reflectors to be seen at night, you may not be visible enough to protect yourself from getting clipped by a car. The super-bright Orfos lights are designed to be visible from any angle, day or night. The lights themselves are fully waterproofed, with the white light boasting a brightness of 500 lumens (and 300 lumens for the red light). That makes them highly visible, even in wet or foggy conditions.
If you live in a neighborhood where bike accessories get stolen all the time, you’ll like the fact that these lights are magnetically mounted. That makes them easy to remove for charging, or to store them in a secure location. Recharging takes about 90 minutes, but then the lights will last up to 24 hours before needing another top-up charge.
Price: $229 (4 percent off MSRP)
4. Roswheel Bicycle JFLY Frame Pannier and Front Tube Cell Phone Bag
If you like to keep your smartphone close at hand while cycling, a bike bag is a smart investment. Available in multiple colors and sizes, it’s easy to find a smartphone bag that will work with the colors on your bike (and the size of your phone). The top section lets you store your phone under a see-through film (though you may need to remove your phone’s case before attempting to fit it in there). A second compartment underneath gives you a place to stash your wallet, granola bars, or an external battery.
Price: $0.01-$14.99, depending on size and color selected
5. Louis Garneau Cycling Gear Suitcase
Looking for a place to store all your bike accessories? Whether you use this suitcase for storage at home or while traveling, this large bike suitcase should be able to fit all of your most important cycling gear. There are inner organizational areas that are designed to hold common bike accessories like a helmet, bike shoes, spare clothing, snacks, sunglasses, and tools. All told, this large bag has a 40 liter capacity.
6. Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor
Trying to keep an eye on your heart rate while you’re riding? This heart rate monitor offers continuous readings, and it’s also water-resistant. It’s available in lots of color combinations, including black/silver, black/red, blue/lilac (pictured above), and red/orange. This heart rate monitor also gives you more accurate data in terms of calories burned, so you can make sure you’re refueling in just the right increments.
Price: $69.95 (42 percent off MSRP)
7. Roadrunner Reflective Vest for Running or Cycling
Okay, this may not be the most fashionable piece of cycling apparel you can buy, but it will make you visible from up to 200 meters away. Plus, the lightweight, breathable design makes this perfect for slipping over your other clothes without added bulk. This vest also comes with two reflective armbands, for added visibility. Velcro closures make this garment easy to remove in a hurry.
Price: $19.85 and up, depending on size selected (63 percent off MSRP)
8. Topeak Alien II Multi Tool
You should never set off for a long ride without a multi tool in your bag. You never know when you’ll need to repair, replace, or tighten a part on your bicycle. This particular tool contains 26 tools in one, along with a nylon bag for easy storage. Whether you need to tweak your chain, spokes, or pedals, this tool should come in very handy.
Price: $39.79 (20 percent off MSRP)
9. Racor Pro PLB-2R Two-Bike Gravity Freestanding Bike Stand
When you aren’t riding your bike, you’ve got to store it somewhere. This is a particularly nice choice for renters who are unable to install a permanent bike rack into their apartment wall. An inexpensive option for two-bike households, this bike stand is easy to set up. Plus, it’s backed by a lifetime warranty. Other two-bike racks are lower to the ground, which may give some people better peace of mind. However, this style of bike stand is nice because it has a smaller footprint, making it ideal for people in apartments or crowded homes.
Price: $46.01 (53 percent off MSRP)
10. Camelbak UnBottle 100 oz Hydration Pack
There are only so many bottle holders you can screw into your bike’s frame. If you need to stay hydrated on a long ride, a Camelbak offers a comfortable way to store extra water. With a capacity of 100 ounces (nearly 3 liters), this Camelbak will keep your thirst quenched for miles.
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