A new bike can of course feel amazing, but actually, sometimes just the addition of a little accessory you never knew existed can spruce up your existing bike, or make a difference to your journey.
Take a look at these weird and wonderful suggestions, and please add your own in the comments!
Have you ever struggled to store your bike, and thought “this would be so much easier if those pedals weren’t in the way?” Or perhaps your spouse or housemates are complaining they keep clipping their ankles on your pedals? These folding pedals are the answer.
These inexpensive pedals fold in, meaning you can store your bike on a smaller space, and most come fitted with reflectors for visibility.
“Plume” roll up mudguard
The Plume mudguards came from a Kickstarter.com project as an answer to the inconveniences of mudguards which broke, were stolen, or just failed to work.
The recoiling mudguard rolls up when not in use, meaning the bike will look sleek, and the mudguard is safely hidden away. However, at £28 these are not cheap, and you might be better off looking at more practical alternatives.
Valve bike lights
You’ve probably got a great pair of bike lights, but do you have a bike light on your valve? For less than £2 on Amazon, these little lights fit onto the valve of your inner tube, and glow as they spin, creating a swish looking swoop of colour on the inside of the wheel.
Many bike lights are designed to create side visibility, but they will only do so around the edges of the light – so not only does the valve light look cool, it also seriously increases your visibility to a driver approaching you from a side on angle, for example, as you cross a junction.
SpokeLit Bike Light
Available for £8.95 from Amazon, these LED lights fit on to your spokes and can switch between a constant glow and a flashing mode. They snap on like reflectors.
Reelight SL620 Battery Free LED light
Reelights take a crafty approach to powering. A magnet is fitted to the wheel, and the LED light sits on the centre of your bike’s fork – the light will flash multiple times as it passes the magnet. Of course, provision has been made for short steps, such as traffic light pauses, and the light will continue to flash for 2 minutes after you stop.
The simple banana – a fantastic low fat, carbohydrate energy boost – what could possibly go wrong? Well – squishy bananas. The banana holder prevents this – keep your handy snack suspended and safe from possible bruises!
Still looking for a nifty lighting accessory to help you stand out in style? Reflective spokes will ensure you’re hard to miss, and of course they look cool as they spin, too.
For a super cool version of a spoke light, check out the MonkeyLectric collection. These take the craze to a whole new level, allowing you to download images and animations, so you can display amazing full images in your wheel as you ride.
The Tigr Lock
We’ve previously reviewed the Tigr lock, and whilst it sounds like a friend of Pooh and Eeyore, the Tigr lock is also a great addition to your cycling apparel. Why? It promises to be hardy, and almost as safe as safe as some Sold Secure Silver rated locks, yet the lightest lock in the range weighs in at just 510g. Make sure you read our review.
iPhone bike mount
Cycling computers can be expensive, and almost all of us have smart phones which are capable of many of the same functions. If you just want to record where you’ve been, how fast, and perhaps upload data to Strava or another sharing site, a mount for just £29.95 could save you spending upwards of £100 on a swish computer.
Is it a flower or is it a bike bell?
This little beauty from “sewcreates” is not only really sweet, it’s also functional, as the flower covers a handy metal bell. So, next time you’re riding on a pavement cycle path, or a shared use path, you can make sure everyone knows you’re coming.
Have you got any cool accessories on your bike? Tell us about them in the comments..
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