10 modern bike accessories for urban cyclists

If in this era of pollution, pandemic and panic, you are not already a cyclist, it is high time to retrain! The bicycle is gradually becoming people’s favorite means of transport. People are ditching the consumption of fossil fuels and the air pollution causing automobiles for the greener option of bicycles. Not only are bicycles a boon for the environment, but they also promote good health and allow us to get our daily dose of physical exercise. In fact, you can even upgrade and amp up your bike with fun and functional accessories. From an ingenious foldable helmet to a multifunctional bike lock that doubles as a taillight and tire inflator, these accessories are the perfect companions on your bike!

1. withdraw

reTyre’s zippable tread system gives your city bike the versatility to work off-road as well. A simple zipper mechanism allows you to add a tougher secondary tread to your tires, allowing you to go from riding on smooth asphalt to traversing rough terrain.

Why is this remarkable?

reTyre’s special bike tire comes with a zip liner and a selection of treads or skins that you can layer over your existing tyre. The stock tire works great on asphalt, and the wide variety of skins lets you ride the bike on mud, gravel, rocks, or even snow. Working on straight roads, curved paths, and even tough downhill tracks, the tire treads give you exactly the grip you need, and the industrial-grade zipper system resists rain, to snow or even rocky terrain…every time.

What we like

  • When not in use, the treads easily fold up and fit right in your backpack

What we don’t like

2. FR-1 Bicycle Saddle

This Scottish brand is one such company that wants to bring more sustainable solutions to the bikes and bike parts it manufactures. Their first product is called FR-1 Bike Saddle and it is made from cork

Why is this remarkable?

At first, you might think this isn’t a strong, comfortable material for something you’ll likely be sitting on for a long time. But cork is actually quite durable and lightweight, so it should be something that can last a long time and not hurt your tushy too much. It is also water resistant and can provide better cushioning compared to other materials.

What we like

  • Stronger but also lighter compared to the more common steel used by many bicycle seats
  • Sustainable + supports historic local cork culture

What we don’t like

3. The PikaBoost


PikaBoost not only gives you the power to foot assist your bike, but also the flexibility to install the kit on any bike at any time. It comes as a single unit (not including removable battery compartments) that weighs only 3 kg/6.6 lbs, which adds little weight to a bike.

Why is this remarkable?

You attach one end to the seatpost and let the other sit on the rear wheel, all without having to use any tools for installation. You can easily remove it again to install it on another bike or put it in your bag to keep it safe while your bike is parked in public.

What we like

  • Quiet 250W motor provides smooth yet powerful assistance to give your legs and knees a break on rough terrain and banked roads

What we don’t like

4. TOOB Accessories


More economical and efficient than recycling, the upcycling mentality has taken root among many designers, and this line of TOOB accessories demonstrates how even something as simple and unattractive as an inner tube can become a product. useful and even elegant.

Why is this remarkable?

“Useless” bicycle inner tubes are handpicked from local Tel Aviv stores, then inspected and thoroughly cleaned. Depending on the extent of the damage, the useful parts are cut off and then processed into completely different products. TOOB keychains, for example, only need a small part of the inner tube. In addition to the natural durability of the material, TOOB adds a solid button that makes it easy to open and close the key ring to look around belts and bags. The TOOB strap, on the other hand, requires a longer stretch of inner tube. The attachment takes advantage of the tube’s natural stretch properties to hold things to bike rails or other surfaces.

What we like

  • Supports the local bike economy by offering merchants a better way to dispose of their waste

What we don’t like

  • Inner tubes don’t last forever, however, and TOOB admits the material will eventually wear out and dry out.

5. The LIVALL LTS21


Designed by the same company that brought us the LIVALL EVO21 smart helmet with integrated safety light, the LIVALL LTS21 are wireless headphones designed specifically for cyclists.

Why is this remarkable?

With a unique design that allows you to wear most bike helmets with the headphones, the LTS21 gives you the ability to listen to music/podcasts, answer calls and talk to other riders while offering situational awareness thanks to its open-ear design.

What we like

  • Can be worn regularly as well as with your bike helmet

What we don’t like

6. Musguard Omni


The Musguard Omni starts out as a roll of plastic, but unroll and fold it along its crease lines, and it transforms from a flimsy sheet of plastic into a stiff yet flexible mudguard that attaches easily to the frame of your bike. If there was a practical use for Origami, this would be it. Maybe the James Webb telescope too, but certainly this one too!

Why is this remarkable?

Available in front and rear formats, the clever leaf-based design of the Musguard Omni achieves a few remarkable things. For starters, it’s made from sheet plastic, which requires MUCH simpler manufacturing practices than an injection molded part. Plastic sheeting is much cheaper and lighter, making the Musguard Omni easy to ship and transport.

What we like

  • The Musguard Omni takes its shape when folded and tied in place
  • The fender is equipped with two hooks and adjustable straps that wrap around most bike frames.

What we don’t like

7. Two-piece 3D floating rotor


Most modern bikes have hydraulic disc brakes as standard which can cause such problems and a Taiwanese company wants to eliminate the obvious problem with its innovative two-piece 3D floating rotor.

Why is this remarkable?

Obviously, a pilot cannot control the overheating or the inherent deformation of hydraulic discs because the rotors currently available on the market do not return to position once cooled. The new rotor design by PSB aims to solve this problem with its elastic and floating outer disc. There are spring-loaded rivets on the back of the rotor that create isolation between the outer and inner discs, which ultimately prevents warping. The cuts of 6e and 12e the ribs bring an elastic function which further helps to achieve the desired result.

What we like

  • When the rider brakes, the angled cups provide support when the headroom reaches the threshold and does not affect disc strength

What we don’t like

8. Foldable helmet


Designed by Tokyo-based R&D Mak, the intuitive design of the foldable headset falls flat like kit furniture. It’s basically a headset that you can squeeze like a burrito to keep in backpacks, drawers, or closets.

Why is this remarkable?

The simple pull mechanism to unfold it is the easiest I’ve seen so far. To squeeze it into a compact form, just press the button on the back section to do the trick.

What we like

  • A divine solution for emergency responders who no longer have to wear most of an inflated helmet all the time

What we don’t like

9. Omnilock


The Omnilock multifunctional bike lock is a unique bike accessory that also performs dual functions as a bright tail light and tire inflator. These multiple uses of the accessory mean that the rider has less to worry about if they are an avid bike user.

Why is this remarkable?

Someone who enjoys pedaling in the mountains or spending a lot of time on long morning bike runs to get in shape. Security is another important thing the bike lock addresses as the rear light adds another layer of visibility for motorists to consider while on the go. This means the bike lock sits right under the saddle when you’re on the move, and when you need to park it, just remove Omnilock and lock the rear wheel.

What we like

  • Performs dual functions as a bright tail light and tire inflator.

What we don’t like

10. Wind


Inspired by his desire to “reinvent the ways we use and produce energy”, on a small scale, Vento is not just a bike light, as Bestenheider describes it, but “a powerhouse, a way of questioning energy consumption and an object to connect like-minded people. Vento is a state of mind.

Why is this remarkable?

Composed of four main components, Vento is like a miniature wind turbine. Constructed from recycled plexiglass and aluminum, Vento’s microturbine harvests wind energy while the bike is in motion. Then the energy is converted into electricity by electromagnetic induction which occurs in the turbine generator. The bicycle light’s battery then stores this energy and the LED bulb generates light.

What we like

  • Vento also has on/off and turn signal switches for daytime use.
  • The world’s first bicycle helmet that uses wind energy as power

What we don’t like

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