Best gadgets for the amateur biker
For those of you that love riding through the countryside or across the city, you know what it’s like to have the cool breeze in your face and your heart beating with excitement. There’s nothing quite like it.
Biking is a great way to stay active and there are loads of accessories to make the experience even better. From water bottles to electronic bike locks, this list covers everything a cyclist may ever want from their ride.
Here are 13 of the best gadgets for the amateur biker.
Kool 8 Water Bottle
No matter if you’re an amateur or a pro, everyone needs to stay hydrated when they go cycling. This Kool 8 water bottle is tough enough to withstand even the biggest of bumps so it won’t break and spill water all over the floor. With its modern and sleek design, it looks great too. Furthermore, with its double-walled vacuum insulation technology, it will also keep water cool so when it’s time for a drink, the water remains refreshing.
Sawyers Mini Water Filtration System
If you run out of water and you’re going out for a long time, it’s important to refill a water bottle and keep fluids up. The Sawyers Mini Water Filtration System fits onto most water bottles, including the one above, and will remove 99.99% of bacteria from any source, no matter if it’s from a puddle in the street or from a river in the country.
Waterproof Phone Case
Many cyclists like to keep their phone to hand to play the music they like or answer important phone calls. However, when it rains, the droplets can be annoying on-screen and may even cause damage. A Fitfort waterproof phone case ensures that phones are kept safe from any potential water damage and makes it easy to use the phone whenever it’s needed.
Most bikes don’t come equipped with turning signals and other electronics to make the riding experience safer to the cyclist themselves and others around them. The iCradle COBI provides this with the cool gadget for an amateur biker. It has front and rear lights so anyone can see which way they are turning. It also comes with GPS navigation and other great features built in for an awesome all-in-one tool.
iceDot Crash Sensor
Safety is of the utmost importance when going riding. The icedot Crash Sensor fits to the back of a helmet to predict an impact from a crash. While it may be small and unobtrusive, it can be very effective. It uses built-in sensors and Bluetooth to alert emergency contacts in case anything does happen. The gadget also comes with accelerometer and gyroscope sensors to assist with crash detection.
For anyone that uses biking to keep fit, a fitness tracker like a Fitbit can provide all the information that’s ever needed in a waterproof, watch-like wristband. Fitness trackers monitor heart-rate, distance travelled, how many calories have been burned and much more. Plus, it can also be used outside of cycling, including swimming due to its waterproof nature.
Paracord Survival Bracelet
Ever needed a compass while riding out and about? How about a whistle? If so, instead of carrying all these separate items at once, replace them with the Paracord Survival Bracelet. Not only does it make for a great fashion statement, but it also comes equipped with many essential tools for any amateur looking to go exploring and find their inner Bear Grylls.
With all this gear, there’s always a need to keep it all somewhere safe and secure. The Ultralight Daypack can contain 35L worth of contents, meaning that there doesn’t have to be any compromise of necessities. Since it’s also super lightweight, it won’t feel like a burden to carry while riding around. Perfect for a day out or to keep food and water for a workout.
Front Mount Bag With Phone Holder
This is for the amateur biker that doesn’t like to carry a sack around with them. The mount bag attached just under the handlebars and has a spot to keep a cell phone safe and, above else, visible. The tool is durable and compact, making it able to withstand some of the roughest cycling conditions and trails. There is also plenty of room to keep essentials in the bag itself.
Ever run out of battery while you’re riding? The Siva Atom harnesses the power of kinetic energy generated from cycling to power a device. This makes it great for anyone following a map on their phone so they don’t lose their way halfway through the journey. There is also a removable battery pack to charge a device away from the bike.
Fly6 Rear Light/Video Camera
For amateur bikers that love to capture their surroundings as they ride, this gadget is a must-have. The Fly6 doubles up as a rear light and camera to film everything from behind. At 1280x720 resolution, the output is high-quality and can last for up to 6 hours without having to charge. It also encourages drivers or others nearby to act safely as they can see that they are being filmed.
Gel Seat Cover
Not all bike seat covers are comfortable to sit on, especially during long rides. However, the Zacro Gel Bike Seat Cover makes riding a breeze and is perfect for amateur bikers that are not used to biking far distances. It’s easy to assemble and fully transferable from bike to bike, so for anyone that finds the bikes at the gym unpleasant to sit on, this makes for the ideal solution.
Kylock Solar Powered Cycling Lock
The Kylock cycling lock is a solar powered and comes with Bluetooth and WiFi built-in. Bikers can use their smartphones to lock and unlock it at the touch of a button, far easier than trying to find (and remember!) the right combination. There is also a security feature that sends an alert if the lock detects anyone trying to break or tamper with it.