Cycling is one of the greatest hobbies that anybody can take up. Not only do you get all of the health benefits, but it can also be a ton of fun and a great way to get around the city while being environmentally friendly. In the early days of cycling, there weren’t many accessories that you could bring along with you unless you had a backpack and had to stop to use any of them.
These days, though, there are countless gadgets that make the cycling experience even better than it already was. If you want to add some flare to your next ride, here are five gadgets that ever cyclist needs for their bike.
Long gone are the days when the only options you had for a helmet were hunks of plastic that did nothing more than strap onto your head and keep you protected. These days, helmets are doing a lot more and can keep you entertained and in communication with other people during your rides. There are many companies that are making smart helmets these days, with the most advanced ones able to offer a lot of bells and whistles.
Many of the more cutting-edge smart helmets have LED lights, turn signals, and Bluetooth connection to your wireless devices. If you’ve ever been on the road and had to give someone a phone call, you may be tempted to fumble around your pocket and try to ride with one hand. Now you can do it all straight from your helmet, making things incredibly easy.
Many of us like to listen to music when we’re riding, but it can be a hassle to wear earbuds when riding. For starters, you aren’t able to hear your surroundings very well, which can end up being a safety hazard. Sometimes, earbuds are just straight-up uncomfortable, especially when you’re working up a big sweat during your ride.
Thankfully, there are more Bluetooth speakers these days that are being designed for cyclists that allow you to listen to all of your favorite music without clogging up your ears. Companies like Ampulla make magnetic speakers that can stick to your bike while providing loud enough music so that you can jam out while riding. Also, the battery life on these speakers has gotten much better over the years so you can still listen during long rides.
Futuristic Bike Locks
One of the worst possible things that can happen to a cyclist is having a bike stolen. We put a lot of money into our bikes since we spend so much time riding, but they can be stolen easily if you don’t have the right lock. The older locks can be cut in an instant and your bike can be gone before you know it.
Thankfully, more modern bike locks are preventing theft, and some even require you to have your smartphone handy to unlock it. Bike locks like the Linka are able to make your bike completely unrideable unless the app opens it up. Other companies like Foldylock are also making compact locks that are essentially unbreakable.
All vehicles (at least legal ones) come with airbags in the event of a serious accident. It wasn’t until recently that a similar device was introduced for bicycles, and thanks to Swedish company Hovding, cycling airbags appear to be a staple for the future. The airbag, when not deployed, looks like a large, soft scarf that you place around your neck.
You then connect the Hovdig to an app on your smartphone, and it can detect when you’ve been involved in an accident. The airbag will deploy in just 0.1 seconds, allowing time for full deployment to keep you safe. Anyone that’s ridden around in a busy city knows just how much of a lifesaver this can be.
Even the technology of bicycle lighting is getting futuristic and helping riders around the world. These days, there are more gadgets introduced that show the speed of a cyclist depending on the light color and even adding turn signals and brake lights. One of the leaders in this industry is Revolights, which has all of the features we mentioned.
Other companies including Veglo, Brainy, and Double O are making futuristic lights of their own that can be placed on the bike or worn by the rider. It seems that in the near future, the number of lights that you see on a bicycle will rival that of a vehicle. That’s not a bad thing, either, as it allows for maximum safety and round-the-clock cycling.