Essential Bike Gadgets for Every Cyclist
Anyone who’s spent time on two wheels as an adult knows that cycling is the best way to simultaneously channel your inner child and get a great workout. [slideshow:80999]
Seeing that it’s such a popular sport, pastime and mode of transportation, bicycles have inspired a wide variety of gadgets. From high tech to super simple, the accessories available to cyclists today range widely in price and usefulness, so we picked out a few pieces of gear that stand out from the rest.
Regardless of where you ride, security and safety are always main concerns and technology is now coming to the aid of cyclists. Bike locks that work with your smart phone, lights that are brighter than ever and portable power to keep you going are just a few examples of the top gadgets. When it comes to your next ride, you won’t want to go without these gadgets.
Bike security is something urban cyclists worry about constantly in the U.S. and considering the rate of bike theft across the country, that worry is warranted. That’s where technology comes in. Recently there have been several smart locks and other devices launching on crowdfunding platforms, with the goal of using technology to keep bikes safe. Linka is one of the very best—the smart device works with an app on your phone to lock when you’re not around and unlock automatically when you approach. If someone tries to tamper with your bike an alarm sounds and an alert is sent to your phone; the app even notifies you if you’re about to leave your bike in an area that’s experienced a high amount of reported bike theft. Talk about smart security.
linkalock.com; pre-order: $99
Siva Cycle Atom
Portable energy generated while you ride—no, it’s not science fiction, it’s The Atom from Siva Cycle. This handy gadget turns your momentum into power for electronics like phones, GoPros, bike lights and pretty much anything USB compatible. You can charge up on the bike or when you need power on-the-go, you can take the removable power pack with you anywhere. For emergency charges, The Atom is a lifesaver.