Irrespective of what you use your bicycle for, the ardent biker should most definitely accessories. Be it for utility, show, or anything in between—anything added to your bicycle looks better than an otherwise naked one.
So, what are these gadgets that you must own? What are these small pieces of invention that make your biking experience all the more fruitful? Find out below.
Smart bike helmets
See, there is no denying that bikes aren’t the safest means of transport. They have their own sets of pros, but the cons are pretty morbid. The numbers don’t lie, so you’ll need to be super cautious about how you proceed.
The least you can do, as a cyclist, is to mitigate these possibilities. Not only do you have to be safe, but also ensure that others around you are aware of your presence. This pretty much sums up the core reason why smart bike helmets should be your first accessory.
What are these smart bike helmets? Well, it’s basically a set of lights and graphics that come along with your helmet. Right off the top, you can assign different colours and designs to make your fellow riders and the general public aware of your presence.
Next, it comes with an integrated system of light controls that you can mount on your bike. Turn indicators, brake lights, and so on—all this can be configured on your bike. All this is very well integrated with the wireless remote that it comes packed with. Do get this before you consider accessorising further.
Laser-enhanced bike lights
Continuing with the idea of enhanced illumination, the laser-enhanced biking lights is yet another quintessential element that you should consider getting. Not only do these have a massive throw, but you can ascertain different shapes, sizes, and colours.
The laser tech here is pretty far-advanced. Don’t get us wrong, this is probably not as exciting as compared to what the future has to offer, but this is as close to a futuristic approach to illumination as you can get right now. Even better? These are water, dust, and fog proof. Get yours right away.
It does seem like we are throwing light upon (pun intended) illumination a lot, but we promise you—this one is the most unique of the lot. The smart halo is basically a small, rounded display that you can attach to your bike. What might appear as a gimmicky illuminating technique actually has a lot more on offer.
These smart halos come with their respective apps, and once you install and set it up, you can do a lot more with that display. From the obvious deeds of illumination and enhancing the look of your bicycle, to more practical things like navigation and showing distance covered—the smart halo is a must-have. It is also relatively inexpensive, making it one of the more value-for-money propositions in the list. Oh, and did we tell you—this one also acts as a personal assistant and weather reporter. Sounds cool, right? Get yours now!
For those who wish to travel the farthest, this one is a must for you. There are numerous places where you ought to take your bike to, but without a tracker? You ideally mustn’t. GPS trackers can be connected with your phone or their respective apps, and this is where the fun begins.
First, these help you calculate the distance travelled, calories burnt, and all the other good stuff. Second, it works as a mini-map, wherein (depending on the device) you can get maps offline. For those travelling farther distances where network becomes a dicey affair, we urge you to get this.
What the smart lights did to the eyes, the smart bells will do to the eardrums. As with most other gadgets here, if you are connected to the app, your bells will work wonders.
First, you will be surprised to see how compact the bell is. It is really impressive to see how far technology has advanced, to make something as compact just as effective too. Second, the sonorous nature is bound to baffle you; it is abnormally loud. Third, and most important—it comes packed with security features too. The proximity sensors on it are pretty good at keeping malicious ones at bay.
Now that we have touched upon security, you need to be aware of one thing as a biker. No matter how packed your bike is with technology, there is one thing that you cannot bypass—unforeseen circumstances. This is where bike insurance comes into play.
While we are telling you what gadgets are a must-have for you, do not neglect the importance of insurance too. You can learn more here, but as of now—know that equipping your bike with insurance is the best piece of accessory that you can have.
The days of Tron: Legacy are in manifestation here. Long gone are the days when you will feel compelled to use your banal cycle for daily commuting. With electric wheels in the market, you can expect your biking experience to change for the better.
These wheels can be easily swapped with your regular ones, as long as you are aware of the sizes. Not just that, but the electrical wiring and configuration is simpler than what would otherwise be offered in the market a couple of years ago.
When it comes to features, the electric wheels are packed with it. Smarter pedals, greater speeds, quicker and easier charging—you name it. Sure, it does make your bike a little heavier than it would otherwise be, but for the tech it packs, it surely is a thing to purchase as soon as you can!
The veteran biker will probably find all of this pretty annoying. After all, the bikes of yesterday were all about making the machine close to the human. With modern tech, though, your biking experience won’t be as ‘authentic’—but there is no price tag that you can place on safety and convenience. Happy biking!
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