In this article, we have the 14 bycicle gadgets that define a true cyclist, encompassing safety, innovation, adventure, and community. Let’s embark on a journey that celebrates the essence of being a passionate and dedicated cyclist.
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1. ARCLIGHT Bicycle Pedals with LED Lights
The best way to make riding safer is to make yourself more visible, explain the creators of these pedals. According to them, with this product, cyclists will be 57% more visible than with conventional lights.
The idea is simple and straightforward: pedals with removable LED inserts.
One charge is enough for 36 hours of riding. The pedals are suitable for off-road use and are allowed in most countries, including the US. However, in case they’re banned, you can buy the multi-mount system and put the LED inserts on the frame.
The total weight of the two pedals with four inserts is 604 grams. They turn on and off automatically; you just need to start or stop riding.
2. Newlane Flip-Clip™ Helmet
Our selection wouldn’t be complete without something revolutionary. Right here is a revolutionary packable helmet, also known as a Great British innovation. Former engineers from Aston Martin and Boeing were involved in its development, so the design is very interesting. The top part of the helmet flips upside down, allowing it to fold up to a thickness of just 81 millimeters and easily fit into a bag or a backpack.
The material is also worth mentioning because the helmet is made of plastic that has been extracted during ocean cleanup. The amounts of such plastic are growing by about 8 million tons every year, so there’s no shortage in sight. Safety is also up to the mark as the helmet has been crash-tested for over a hundred hours.
Other advantages include its universal size, weighing only 440 grams, and a price of about 53 dollars
The first option is the Scarper. Unlike other products that usually rotate the rear wheel, the Scarper transmits the force through the brake disc, which allows for quick installation. It has a range of 60 kilometers on one charge and a maximum speed of 32 kilometers per hour. In terms of weight, it adds about 3.3 kilograms. The Scarper also features the dynamic climb system, which determines the required level of assistance automatically. The approximate price for the Scarper is twelve hundred dollars.
4. LIVALL PikaBoost
The second option is the Pica Boost. It is installed on the seat post and boosts the bike’s performance by utilizing a roller that sits on the rear tire. There are three riding modes to choose from, along with an intelligent control algorithm. The speed can reach up to 35 kilometers per hour, and the range extends up to 30 kilometers. Additionally, it features a built-in tail light. The module weighs 3 kilograms and costs at least 340 dollars.
5. CYC X1 PRO
The third option is the Cyc X1 Pro. It is a bit more serious than the previous models, as it boasts 5 kilowatts of power and can accelerate up to 80 kilometers per hour. It offers nine assist gears and weighs about 5.6 kilograms, including the crank set and bottom bracket. However, some reviewers remind users to check their country’s laws before installing this module. The price for the Cyc X1 Pro is about twelve hundred dollars.
6. LITELOK X1
According to statistics, one in four Germans has been a victim of bicycle theft at least once. Unfortunately, the detection rate for such crimes is low, making it difficult to recover stolen bikes. That’s why cycling enthusiasts in Germany and other countries should consider buying these locks, even though they cost 189 dollars.
There are two models to choose from: the Light Lock X1 and the Light Lock X3. The Light Lock X1 is five times stronger than comparable products and weighs 1.7 kilograms. On the other hand, the Light Lock X3 is 15 times stronger than similar products and weighs 2.1 kilograms. One of the secrets to their durability lies in the patented baronium ceramic composite material. Not even an angle grinder disc can handle it, as the baronium will quickly break it. Combined with the steel core, it protects the lock from attacks by hammers, chisels, and even bolt croppers.
Additionally, the special rubber coating has two advantages. First, it protects your bike’s frame from scratches. Second, it eliminates any rattling while you ride.
7. MOUSSE EXPERIENCE MTB Diam 45
Companies have been exploring new ways to improve tires, such as the use of moose instead of inner tubes. Moose looks like a ring of foam and is not only used in bicycles but also in motorcycles. This innovation offers several advantages, including a constant pressure of about 0.8 to 1.1 atmospheres, an excellent contact patch, and puncture-free rides.
Top-level athletes have already recognized the benefits of using moose in their tires. For instance, during the Dakar 2021 race, a motorcycle with sustained tire damage was able to continue and came in second thanks to the moose. In addition, moose inserts are often developed in collaboration with top athletes. Therefore, even disadvantages such as their limited lifetime, typically about six months in many popular versions, are not preventing them from slowly gaining a place in the market.
You can find moose inserts on sale for a hundred and four dollars per piece.
8. AIRLESS TIRES
If you don’t want to bother with moose inserts, in 2012, an American team unveiled a set of airless tires. Each tire consists of two layers of special rubber connected by partitions. Carbon nanotubes are used for reinforcement, and bimetallic rods are employed to strengthen the wheels and improve cushioning. Instead of pressure adjustment, there’s stiffness adjustment. Additionally, they plan to add special sidewalls for protection against debris.
The company’s mission is to open a new world of winning performance to customers. They explain that these tires offer much better traction and protect against bouncing on impact. The average price online for a set of these tires is about 625 dollars.
9. Xlite100 usb
Not so long ago, an unlucky cyclist in the US was involved in two accidents within 24 hours, and both incidents occurred at night. Therefore, those who enjoy riding at night should definitely prioritize making themselves more visible on the road, at least with the help of this tail light. It only costs 22 dollars and offers some very interesting features.
The light is designed to turn on automatically when you start riding and turn off when you stop. It also brightens up when you brake, enhancing safety. Additionally, it has three modes of operation to suit different preferences. With one charge, it can provide up to 50 hours of work. The light itself weighs a modest 37 grams, and the convenient mount makes it easy to remove for recharging purposes.
10. CYCPLUS CUBE
How compact can a bicycle pump be? This small device weighs only 97 grams, which is less than some ice cream cones. Yet, it is electric and offers a maximum pressure of 6.8 atmospheres. It can inflate a 700 by 25 seat tire to 5.5 atmospheres in just 80 seconds, depending on the settings.
Impressively, up to four wheels can be inflated with a single charge. Furthermore, the pump can be fully charged in just 20 minutes, thanks to the Type C connection. It comes with adapters for Presta and Schrader valves, and its simple design, without a display, keeps the price affordable at just ninety dollars.
11. ShockStop Suspension Stem for Bicycles
This seat post with a shock absorber is an interesting solution for owners of stiff bikes, such as road and gravel bikes. According to the designers, the 35-millimeter stroke is sufficient for a comfortable ride to work or for tackling dirt trails. Overall, the seat post absorbs approximately 60 percent of the vibrations and bumps, while also allowing for adjustment of its stiffness.
Compatibility is also worth mentioning. The base diameter of 27.2 millimeters can be increased with shims, and if you desire more comfort, you can purchase the shock-absorbing stem. The result is a system that will put a smile on your face and have you choosing the cobblestone route just because you can, as explained by the manufacturer. The price of the seat posts separately starts at 140 dollars.
12. Kinekt Suspension Stem
The complete set, including the stem, starts at 250 dollars. Competitors also offer similar products, such as the suspension stem priced at a hundred and forty dollars. Here’s a compelling reason to consider buying it: the vibrations experienced during one hour of cycling on a rough road are equivalent to four hours of heavy tractor use. However, by simply installing the suspension stem, you can significantly reduce vibrations and fatigue.
The suspension stem offers a travel of up to 20 millimeters, providing effective vibration reduction. It is available in several lengths ranging from 90 to 120 millimeters. The package includes three springs that allow you to adjust the travel according to your preferences. Keep in mind that the upgrade weighs up to 510 grams.
13. Sweet Saddle A temperature Controlled Bicycle Seat
An unusual seat has been invented for people who love cycling at any time of the year. It is available in three versions, each offering unique features. The first version comes with a cooling system that can operate for up to 24 hours on a single charge and is priced at a hundred and forty dollars. The second version includes a heating system that can provide warmth for up to two hours on a single charge and is priced at a hundred and sixty dollars. The third version combines both cooling and heating modes and is priced at a hundred and seventy dollars.
All versions have a battery capacity of 9,800 milliamp hours. The seat is designed to be placed in a rectangular or triangular frame bag. The combined weight of the saddle and battery is 600 grams. Additionally, a special seat post is required, which adds another 410 grams to the overall weight.
Unfortunately, the Kickstarter campaign for this product did not generate much enthusiasm from backers, resulting in a failed campaign. It only managed to raise 199 dollars, falling short of the goal of a hundred and sixty thousand dollars.
14. Talos BikePal
During the coronavirus pandemic, cycling has experienced a significant decrease in activity. As a response, authorities in many European countries have decided to encourage cycling. In France, for example, bike repair shops have the opportunity to participate in a special program where they can reduce the price of each repair by 55 percent. The government then reimburses them for this amount.
For those who prefer to work on their bicycles themselves, there’s something to be excited about as well. Take a look at this 23-in-one multi-tool on Kickstarter from Spoke Repairs and Chain Replacements. It includes tools for tasks such as bike repairs, chain replacements, working with inner tubes, and adjusting brakes. Essentially, all the tools a cyclist may need can be found in this compact device measuring 90 by 49 millimeters and weighing only 208 grams. The price for this versatile tool starts at twenty dollars.
I hope you find these bicycle gadgets helpful in making your adventures more fun and enjoyable. Feel free to share your thoughts on these innovative tools and how they have enhanced your cycling experience.