When you’re always “on the go” on your bicycle, you realize need more than just a bike to make your ride comfortable. Read below to learn about some of the best urban bike accessories cyclists are talking about today, and of course, why you just have to have them.
Don’t leave home without your Closca helmet
Gone are the days where any helmet will do. Today’s trendy riders need a helmet that fits them and their lifestyle, and not the other way around! On top of being one of the safest helmets on the market, the Closca Helmet is fashionable, durable, foldable, and is even outfitted with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology Near Field Communication. Want to step it up a notch? Add a Helmet Visor in a range of colors. You read that right—at Closca, even your urban bike accessories get an accessory.
Get the right shoes
Every commuter knows the trick to buying the right bike shoes are finding those that strike the perfect balance between stylish and functional. In terms of usability, you’ll want kicks that are breathable, durable and walkable, with recessed cleats so you don’t hear that metal “clickety-clack” when you walk into the office. Regarding fashion, get one that matches your personal style. With its grey leather look, rubber sole, hidden reflectors and slight heel, ladies should look no further than the Tracey Neuls Fern Bike Reflector shoe. For the modern man, the Chrome Truk Pro Bike Shoes work really well! They’re canvas on the outside, cozy on the inside and padded with reflective details for extra nighttime safety. Plus, with their chic, all-black exterior, bike accessories like these will go with almost anything.
Lock it up!
Buying a bike lock might not be the most exciting purchase you’ll ever make, but if you’re a daily commuter, it’s one of the most important. When finding the right one, consider where and why you ride. Going up steep hills everyday? Look for a lock that is lightweight, so it’s less cumbersome. Do you have a particularly expensive bike? Buy a heavier, more secure lock to make sure it stays extra protected. For the perfect mix of each, opt for the Zéfal K-Traz A25 bike lock. As a popular alternative to the traditional D-lock or shackle lock, this model will use a double-locking barrel and thick vinyl cable-sleeve to secure your bike to wider objects, like trees or telephone poles, when a bike rack isn’t available.
Pack a (good) bag
A backpack is essential to the commuter lifestyle, and for good reason: it holds everything a cyclist needs to get through his or her day, distributes the weight of his or her belongings evenly, and like any great accessory, adds a sense of personal style. The most important thing to consider when looking for any of your urban bike accessories is to find things that are waterproof. One of our favorite examples is the sleek-gray Booq Cobra Squeeze backpack. Despite its small size, it’s large enough to pack a laptop, is made of water-repelling fabric, and has an individual serial number system that can help riders relocate their bag, should they lose it.
Save your tires
When you’re on the go, there are few things more more annoying for a cyclist than a flat tire. To make sure your tires are always properly inflated, keep a portable bike pump or CO₂ cartridge with you at all times. The Bontrager Air Rush Road CO₂ Pump is the perfect accessory—it has an inflator and a mini-pump in one, a reusable cartridge, and comes with a mounting bracket. On top of that, it’s very compact and only weighs 2.4 ounces. It’s so small, in fact, that it can easily fit in a front pocket or your Booq Cobra Squeeze backpack.
When riding your bike in the dark, it’s always important (and required!) to have lights in the front and back of your bike. And because Daylight Savings Time means you might be cycling in the dark whether you planned to or not, it’s a good idea to get those lights fitted early on. Perfect for the daily commuter, the Light & Motion Urban 350 Obsidian Stout is durable, weatherproof, and can last for an hour and a half at its brightest setting. Making it standout even more, the light comes in different formats, each has 350 lumens of brightness, and there are amber lights on each side to make sure passersby always know you’re there.
If you’re burning that many calories, you need to make sure your body is always hydrated. To give you the energy you need to ride through the largest of cities, keep a lightweight, insulated water bottle on your bike at all time like, the Closca Bottle—a sleek, innovative water bottle that seamlessly attaches to your bike.