After years of creating some of the best looking & safest helmets for action sports, Massachusetts-based Bern Unlimited has finally released a cycling-specific model. For all you cyclists’ dying to ditch your pointy, space-age, Tour de Nerd style helmet, Bern’s Allston is the one. All the features you want, & no conehead. About time.
Biking to work is a good thing, unless you hit a few puddles or catch a rain shower on the way. Then you spend the rest of the day with a sketchy brown stripe running up your back. Ass Savers are little click-on fenders that mount to your saddle to prevent mud butt. They’re made of recyclable PP plastic and weigh only 15 grams.
98% of cyclists prefer to wear the approved get-up: a skintight leotard emblazoned with logos in zany colors that scream out to all within eyeshot: “I’m serious!” Riders looking for garments that are functional but a bit subtler will appreciate the efforts of Lunis Reflective, their new hi-vis windbreaker looks low-key in the daytime but at night its reflective pattern pops.
Whether you’re punishing your prostate with a 100-mile ride or just mashing out your morning commute, this pedal powered generator will charge up your phone & bike lights, plus it’s a removable USB battery pack you can pop off for use wherever you go.
The BikeSpike won’t replace your lock but it is a GPS tracker that will help you find & recover your bike if it’s stolen. Hidden in your bike’s water bottle cage, the Spike links to a web, iOs, or Android app that lets you pinpoint its location. The device also functions as a fitness tracker and can be used to help you keep track of the kids when they’re out on their bikes.
The San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado offer some of the best mountain biking in the lower 48; the ideal R & D lab for Durango-based Bedrock Bags. They make bombproof bags for biking and bikepacking. If you like to do it in the dirt, their growing line of handmade handlebar and frame bags will carry your cargo proper-like.
The standard bicycle water bottle & bottle cage set-up seems to work pretty well for most people but Anthony Goldman created the Koala Bottle system anyway. Magnets in the polycarbonate cage attract the metal ring on the bottleneck as you reach down to return your bottle to the cage. This makes drinking while riding less distracting & safer.
We can all appreciate a nice rack. Whether the display is a deer, elk, your neighbor’s wife (don’t stare), or even the steering system off your OG mountain bike, a good mount will always draw attention. Bicycle Taxidermy offers a variety of pre-mounted bike “horns” and “antlers” as well as the parts to mount your own. Odd perhaps, but certainly less creepy than a jackalope or ogling another man’s rack.
Unfortunately, the two bright, flashing arcs of red & white LED light produced by the unique, wheel-mounted design of Revolights are no guarantee that some Hummer-driving idiot who’s cruising, texting and sipping a latté won’t run you down. On the brighter side, they are lightweight, theft & water resistant, and boast a 4-hour battery life.