Flectr 2.0

Following up their first successful crowdfunding campaign for Flectr comes Flectr 2.0, the latest version of what’s probably the only wheel reflector you won’t want to immediately strip off your bike. These high-grade metalized prism reflectors shine brilliantly when hit by light yet weigh only 0.7 grams each and leave aerodynamic efficiently unaffected, even at speeds way above what’s realistically attainable on your two wheeler. They now come in yellow as well as silver and still install in seconds thanks to adhesive backing — just fold them together over your spokes. Another advantage: they literally fit any spoke, including round and flat.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $21

GET IT: ~$21


Fend Collapsible Bicycle Helmet

Excuses for not carrying around a helmet for commuting, even if you use a bicycle sharing program, are growing thin. The Fend Collapsible Bicycle Helmet folds down to about half its original size yet remains both safe and highly breathable, meeting and exceeding US CPSC and European EN 1078 safety standards. Hard shell ABS construction meets a multi-impact expanded polypropylene foam lined with a plush interior lining. Six lateral ribs — three per side — articulate inwards to slim the helmet down for stashing in a pack, though they click into place when opened to prevent closing when worn.

Find it at Kickstarter in black and white – $90

GET IT: $90


Rapha Helmet

A product of Giro’s helmet engineering expertise and Rapha’s cycling-centric styling, the Rapha Helmet tops the charts in both safety and performance. It’s lightweight and sleek, with an aerodynamic design that doesn’t hold back on vents (with 17 to be exact), improving airflow over your head to stay cool even on intense rides. Hopefully it never happens, but in the event of an impact the helmet’s Multi-Directional Impact Protection System reduces rotational forces on your head thanks to a low-friction layer between the hard outer shell and shock-absorbing EPS liner. Other niceties include Giro’s Roc Loc Air fit system to quickly adjust sizing, reflective detailing along all straps to boost side visibility in low-light situations, anti-microbial padding, and dedicated ports to securely dock your sunglasses.

Available in black, white, and yellow. Learn more at Rapha – $270

GET IT: $270


Swiss+Tech 20-in-1 Bicycle Multitool Kit

Throw a spare tube and a Swiss+Tech 20-in-1 Bicycle Multitool Kit into your bike’s saddle bag and you’re essentially set for anything the road could throw at you. The slim tool includes two tire levers for changing a flat, a chain tool, five spoke wrenches, a pair of screwdrivers, seven hex drivers, a T25 star driver, and two wrenches. It’s made entirely of stainless steel so it isn’t the lightest tool in the shed, but it makes up for it in durability.

Hit up Amazon for details – $14 [via]

GET IT: $14

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Hedon Cortex Helmet

Rarely are traditional bicycle helmets attractively designed. But those are the exact words we’d use to describe the Hedon Cortex Helmet. Hedon — shortened from hedonism — aims to bring a bit more pleasure to your protective headgear, building them of a smoothly rounded carbon fiber shell for solid protection that’s trimmed in genuine calf leather. Twenty-one anti-bacterial Cool Max cushions of varying thicknesses ensure a snug fit to the Hed Armor lining, with 360 degree ventilation despite few external vents. They’re available in a wide range of styles including patterns like Cubist (left) and a variety of solid colors, both matte and glossy.

Learn more at Hedon – roughly $265+

GET IT: ~$265+


Budnitz Model E

Electric bicycles have a tendency to be overly heavy. The Budnitz Model E is the lightest yet, the first that can be configured to weigh in at under 30 pounds and likely also the simplest. While it doesn’t look very different than Budnitz’s other non-electric bicycles the model E features a compact electric rear hub and a clean Gates Carbon belt instead of a chain. With no shifters and no throttle, it functions just like a single speed, the difference being that the motor automatically assists you to make your ride far less sweaty by helping climb hills and maintain cruising speeds of up to 15 mph. It comes with a frame of either heavier steel or the aforementioned lightweight titanium alloy and also offers alternate drive modes, customizable via Bluetooth using your smartphone. Plus it’s got a 100 mile range, meaning you’re likely to tire out before your bike does.

Learn more at Budnitz – $3,950+

GET IT: $3,950+


Rungu Electric Juggernaut

Remember the Junnernaut Trike? We’re sure it’s quite a bit of work moving all that rubber. The beefy Rungu Electric Juggernaut, on the other hand, does all that work for you thanks to a 2,100 Watt 3-phase hub motor in the rear wheel that gets you to a top speed of 20 miles per hour. Power is applied thanks to a twist throttle that gives the motor juice whether you’re pedalling or not, and a small display keeps readouts of speed, power consumption, and battery status in sight. It’s got more than enough power to trek through loose ground and uneven terrain, plus all electronics are weather resistant so the Electric Juggernaut is as tough as it looks.

Learn more at Rungu – $5,300


Tern Elektron Electric Bicycle

Aiming to design the perfect non-automobile commuter, Tern just may have done it with the Elektron Electric Bicycle. Since it folds down in ten seconds you won’t need to worry about having it stolen from a bike rack: bring it to the office and slide it under your desk instead. It’s also the most compact electric bike to be powered by Borsch’s Active drivetrain, which adds motor assist as you pedal by use of a 400Wh battery to attain a range of between 31 to 62 miles on a charge (depending on how much you help out), handily tackling even longer commutes. The bike is highly adjustable to fit a variety of people (from 4’7″ to a bit over 6’4″) and packed with features including Deore hydraulic disc brakes, integrated 150 lumen Valo lights, fenders for toughing the rain, and an included cargo rack.

Available on Kickstarter later this year. Until then, learn more at Tern – $3,500


Brooks Cambium Saddle

Breaking in a leather saddle for the first time may seem compelling. The second time you do it it’s a pain in the ass, quite literally, even if the end result is worth it. Brooks England has been making the former for about a century and a half and won’t stop, but on the contrary their all-new Cambium Saddles are good to go right out of the box. Each is made of a vulcanized natural rubber complemented by an organic cotton top that bends and flows naturally as the rider’s legs move, improving both long distance comfort and pedalling control. This hard-wearing top is waterproofed with Numac and sits over a die-cast aluminum frame attached to steel rails for surviving many years of use and abuse. And its shape is a lot more nuanced than one-size-fits-all: instead, the Cambium comes in four colors across eight sizes suiting a variety of riders, including the all-around solid C15, the C15 Carved, which boasts an ergonomic cutout in the center to relieve perineal discomfort, the C17s which is slightly shorter and more suited to females, and the ultra-lightweight carbon-fitted C13.

Learn more at Brooks England – roughly $135


Cobi Biking System

It’d be an insult to call the Cobi Biking System a simple “mount”. Sure, it does mount your iOS or Android device front and center, fitting and charging any sized smartphone up to six inches in size and especially accommodating your iPhone 6 or 6s with a custom case and protective rain cover. The water resistant hub then connects to your phone with Bluetooth and gives you full control of all its features without taking your hands off the handlebars thanks to a six button thumb controller, one of which doubles as a dedicated bell. All this nets you real time data like speed and distance, music and phone controls, turn-by-turn navigation alongside weather forecasts, and the AmbiSense light system that includes automatically illuminating front and rear lights, the latter becoming brighter when braking is detected.

Find it at Cobi – $250+


Zero Gravity Rack

Storing a bike (and other miscellaneous sporting equipment) in a tight apartment or overfilled garage takes some serious Tetris skills. Or a Zero Gravity Rack. Each is customizable with one of several hook systems to hold your bike, surfboard, skis/snowboards, and more, lifting them up and out of the way thanks to a gas strut system that locks in both raised and lowered positions to prevent accidental movement. Installation takes a bit of drilling but then you’re set, and the highest capacity rack can lift up to 50 pounds of stuff.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $120+


Cycliq Fly12

The cyclist’s version of a dash cam, Cycliq’s Fly12 is a brilliant bike light with a 1080p HD camera attached — and a perfect complement to their rear-facing Fly6. The light portion puts out 400 lumens on its max setting, bombarding the road or trail with photons at up to 80 feet ahead. Recording is in constant loops with 1 button footage protection that catches the action (some sample footage here) — or evidence — on its 16GB MicroSD. Naturally, it’s also weatherproof, attaches on a reliable airplane-grade aluminum handlebar mount, and boasts both WiFi and Bluetooth to connect to your phone for full Strava integration, amongst other things.

Find it at Amazon – $350


Revolights Eclipse+

Few products increase nighttime visibility better than Revolights. And the Revolights Eclipse+ is their most complete model yet. The two light-bearing rings screw on to four ball-and-socket brackets on your spokes and are as resistant to theft as are your wheels — lock the latter and your Revolights are safe. A snap-in rechargeable battery powers each one, providing 280 lumens of direction white or red light per wheel, oriented thanks to a fork-mounted magnet and accelerometer that illuminates only front-facing lights in the front wheel and rear-facing ones at the back. The Eclipse+ also adds turn signal functionality to the mix, activated through a handlebar mounted control pad, and it’s Bluetooth-enabled for use with the Revolights app which acts as a bike computer, tracking your ride, displaying battery status, and even notifying you of upcoming weather alerts.

Learn more at Revolights – $220