6 Bicycle Accessories
Japanese Bike Bell
You can’t go wrong attaching a bike bell to your set of wheels. This classic option adds a modern touch with either a brass or copper top. A throwback to your elementary days, this bell will alert pedestrians in your path with the well-known sound of its metallic ring.
To buy: $22, poketo.com.
Featured April 2015
Brooks Leather Bicycle Grips
Refinish well-worn handlebars or add some flair to the latest addition parked in your garage with these luxe leather grips. Slim yet sturdy, these cushy grips offer both the comfort and support you need. Easy to install, you’ll upgrade your ride in no time at all.
To buy: $89, store.kaufmann-mercantile.com.
Bandbox Charleston Bike Helmet
Don’t like the look of a traditional bicycle helmet, but know that it’s a must-have for safety? The interior of these functional helmets is lined in a comfortable, moisture-wicking material to keep you cool and dry, while the exterior is concealed with a wide-brim straw hat. The cover not only disguises the helmet, but it also shades your face from the sun.
To buy: $129, bandboxllc.com.
SKS Germany Supershort Mini Pump
Compact for travel and efficient in practice, this lightweight tire pump will fix a flat in no time. And the best part? Unlike many handled tire pumps, this one won’t pinch. Attach it near your water bottle so you’ll never be caught in the lurch.
To buy: $25, amazon.com.
The Market Bag
If you find yourself biking to the farmer’s market and, before you know it, you’re loaded down with goodies without a way to transport them home, this sack is for you. Durable saddlebags unroll on either side of the rear wheel to be filled up and snapped closed.
To buy: $155, linusbike.com.
Tickr Heart Rate Monitor
If biking isn’t just a leisure sport for you, consider a heart-rate monitor to help keep track of the calories you’ve burned, the distance you traveled, and (of course) your heart rate during your ride. This banded unit straps across your torso and synchs via Bluetooth to most smartphones.
To buy: $60, amazon.com.
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