Whether they ride a bike for fun or sport, gadgets and accessories have become popular among all level of bike enthusiasts. Many innovations continue to help make things safer and easier for anyone riding their bike. Here are a few gadgets for the cyclist that you may not have known about.
Driving while listening to music is commonplace, but listening to music while riding a bike, well, that’s tricky. You want to be able to hear the sounds around you and using headphones makes that nearly impossible. You can now purchase Bluetooth speakers with clips that allow you to mount them to your bike and communicate wirelessly with products such as Apple’s iPod or the media player on your phone. It’s a great way to be able to listen to your music while staying safe and remaining aware of your surroundings.
A Computer for Your Bike
Everything is becoming electronic; this is obvious if you follow gadgets trends updates. Now, even bikes have computers. Bike computers can be bought almost anywhere and are great for those who use their bike as a way of getting exercise. These attach to your handle bar and they come with a variety of functions. Some do more than others, so make sure you read up on what the features are before you purchase one. Typically they keep track of distance traveled, speed, and time. It takes all of the guess work out of your workout routine. More expensive models will even have GPS available, which makes them a must-have for anyone who uses their bike as their main mode of transportation.
Bike Turn Signals
You always want to be safe on your bike. If you live in a populated area where bike lanes are drawn onto every road, you’ll be riding in a lot of traffic. Hand signals serve their purpose, but bike turn signals are becoming more of the norm, and there are now many different models to choose from. These attach to the back of your bike and allow you to communicate with absolute certainty about what direction you plan to take, so there’s no hoping that the car behind you remembers which hang signal means left and which one means right. Many choices also come with brake lights for added safety, so the people behind you know when you’re stopping. Your bike is considered a vehicle, so anything that helps you communicate with other vehicles on the road is a good investment to make.
For those who need to be able to answer the phone while on the go, consider getting yourself a phone mount for your handle bars. These eliminate the hassle of trying to dig your phone out of your pocket when a call comes in that you need to take. Even better, you’ll be able to see your caller ID without first pulling your phone out. If you have a GPS plan with your cell phone provider, this will allow you to see and hear directions quickly while you ride.