In the same way that it’s influenced the fitness industry through wearable tech, advances in technology have had a massive impact on cycling culture across the world over the last few years. Thanks to an influx of innovations making cycling safer, easier and more fun, people are cycling around more than ever before, be it a lengthy commute, adventure trip in the outdoors or just an occasional jaunt to the shops.
But with so many devices on the market claiming to improve your cycling experience, it’s hard to know which are worth the investment. So I’ve picked out some of the best bike gadgets for anyone looking to pimp their two-wheeled ride.
Ever forgotten your bike lights? Lumos is the gadget for you; it’s a next-generation bicycle helmet that goes out of its way to make sure you’re seen when cycling thanks to integrated LED lights with brake and turn signals. A tap of the helmet’s Bluetooth handlebar-mounted remote control means you can communicate your intentions to drivers and people around you. It’s probably one of my most-used gadgets in this list and it means you don’t have to remember to take your bike lights with you whenever you leave the house.
Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT
If you’re serious about cycling and want to keep a dedicated track your rides, Wahoo Fitness’ ELMENT is an ideal companion. It sits on your handlebars and thanks to built-in GPS, doesn’t rely on your phone to tell you where you are or which way to go. Like a sat nav for bikes. It also features Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ dual-band technology to pair with various cycling sensors and heart rate monitors. A free companion app brings all this together, allowing you to set up your data fields, customize profiles, track performance, and share ride data.
Navigating yourself through busy city streets at rush hour on a dark evening can be stressful enough to get any cyclist’s handlebars in a twist. Enter Laserlight, a rechargeable 300 lumen LED bike light with a bonus safety feature: a laser. Thanks to “forward projection” technology, Laserlight combines a white light and a bicycle laser image to beam out of blind spots, junction, and situations where you’re otherwise unseen. The laser projects a bike symbol six meters in front of you, visible by fellow road users from various perspectives and increasing your safety.
SunnyCam smart glasses
The SunnyCam glasses allow you to record High Definition 720p video while on the road, as well as take photos discreetly between your eyes, all stored on a Micro SD card that slots into the side. This allows you to record true point of view (POV) footage while speeding through the wilderness on adventure trials, or when performing any activity requiring the use of two hands.
Aftershokz Trekz Titanium
If you’ve always wanted to cycle while listening to music but didn’t want to risk your life doing so, then you need a pair of Trekz Titanium. The wireless stereo headphones are the safest alternative to traditional sports headphones and earbuds thanks to bone conduction technology. An open ear design offers music to play and call features as you cycle from A to B, all while allowing you to hear perfectly what’s going on around you.
Beeline is a universal bike attachment that sits on your handlebars, connects to your phone’s GPS and tells you which directions to turn. Ideal if you don’t have a clue where you’re going. It doesn’t give you turn-by-turn directions, but instead tells you how far away you are from your destination alongside an arrow that – like a compass – tells if you’re going in the right direction or not. Sunlight readable, backlit display, water and shock resistant, and weeks of use on a single charge: this nifty little gadget is perfect for those looking for a more adventurous ride.
Making its first appearance on our telly boxes as a pitch on BBC’s Dragon’s Den, the CYCL WingLights is a pair of bright LED’s that give cyclists 360-degree visibility in all lighting and weather conditions for a safer ride. But the really cool thing about WingLights is that you can use them to tell fellow road users which direction you’re going to turn. No more stretch your arms out in the dark and hoping they’re seen, simply tap a button on the side and it will flash, acting like a car’s indicator lights.