Ikea Sladda Bicycle

It’s affordable, clean-looking, and comes in a flat-packed box. If you’re thinking Ikea you’re on the right path, but it’s not furniture. Instead the Ikea Sladda Bicycle is the Swedish furniture giant’s first foray outside the home, though you’ll still need to build it before riding as you probably expected. The Sladda is powered by you through a belt drive that’s rustproof, maintenance free, and comes with a 10-year limited warranty specifically covering the powertrain. An even better 25 year warranty backs up the aluminum frame, which sports a double coating of lacquer that should stave off everyday scratches. Both the front handlebar’s angle and height are adjustable, and you’ll notice just a single brake and cable leaving the handle that leads to the front wheel’s disc brake; the rear wheel stops with a coaster brake and there are no gearshifts to click through since an automatic two-gear system in the rear hub takes care of shifting. They’ll also sell you a slew of accessories including front and rear racks, a trailer (big enough to transport some flat-packed furniture), helmets, bike bags, and more to deck out the cruiser to your requirements.

Find it at Ikea – $500

GET IT: $500


Ellipse Smart Bike Lock

The smarts of a bike lock is inversely proportional to its susceptibility to thieves. Metal can only get so thick without weighing down your ride, though, so the Lattis Ellipse Smart Bike Lock tries to be more clever when it comes to securing your two wheeler. Its shackle is made of 17mm-thick steel and has a locking mechanism on both ends, meaning it takes two cuts to get through the lock. But unlike traditional locks it’ll notice tampering thanks to an integrated 3-axis accelerometer and send over a wireless alert at up to 800 feet away, no extra cellular plan needed. It also lets you ditch the key thanks to keyless unlocking from your smartphone, charges all by itself in daylight with a solar panel, and boasts bank-level encryption to render non-physical hacking attempts futile. Despite (or because of) its smarts you won’t need to walk home if your smartphone battery dies, either, since a programmable touchpad unlocks it with the right combination and even goes dark when not in use so passerbys won’t even notice its existence.

Find it at Lattis – $200

GET IT: $200


Coros Linx Bone-Conducting Helmet

Without adequate open-ear headphones listening to music while riding is highly dangerous, to say the least. The Coros Linx Bone-Conducting Helmet lets you enjoy your music, albeit without headphones of any sort nor cables. Link your smartphone to the helmet via Bluetooth 4.0 and start shuffling through your playlist; bone-conduction technology gets the music to your ears without blocking them or impeding ambient noise, letting engines, horns, pedestrians, and all other road noises come through loud and clear to stay alert. Should you need to take a call the helmet also sports a wind-resistant microphone, and answering calls — as well as skipping tracks, pausing/playing, and volume controls — are all handled equally safely by a handlebar mounted Smart Remote. Weather (read: water) resistance, extreme ventilation, and high adjustability add up to make this high tech helmet just as practical as it is feature-packed.

Learn more at Coros – $200

GET IT: $200


Mission Workshop Helmsman Duffle

The Mission Workshop Helmsman Duffle is one bag whose contents you won’t worry much about in the rain, even if that includes your work computer. This heavy-duty 31-litre duffle is made of a durable HT500 outer fabric that’s backed up on the inside by a urethane-coated nylon ripstop liner to block out water, slush, and whatever else the weather throws at you. Hold it by its hide-away grab handles, a removable and adjustable shoulder strap, or even by an optional harness to wear it like a backpack. Or if you’re on a bike strap it to your front-mounted porteur-style bike rack and take a load off.

Find it at Mission Workshop – $255

GET IT: $255



Bike lights devoid of special, rare screws are quickly stolen. But that’s an unlikely event with Lemurlock. Merging both front and rear bike lights with a cable lock that’s got a 9mm coiled steel cable as its core, securing your bicycle with Lemurlock is also securing your lights. The lights themselves output 200 lumens via the headlight’s Cree LED and 30 lumens from the taillight and run for 7 hours on steady or 14 hours when blinking. They’re both IPX6 waterproof and mount to your bike using two distinct and included mounting brackets to attach to your handlebars and seatpost like normal lights, the stark difference being the cable in between (see second image).

Find it at Kickstarter – $50

GET IT: $50


Nexo Flat Free Tires

Fixing a flat tire isn’t a huge deal in itself, but the possibility of it happening while out on the road means you always need to lug around a spare tube, a pump, and a pair of tire levers. Slap on a pair of Nexo Flat Free Tires though and that won’t be a worry. Unlike the traditional tube tire that’s filled with air each Nexo is made of a hard-wearing solid polymer blend that’s comparable in weight to the former and gets a range of over 3,000 miles. Rigid T-bolts are spaced throughout the tire to give rigidity for better handling. Also available is their Ever tires, an option for more casual riders that’s even longer lasting and available to fit over a larger variety of rims — and that’s intriguingly filled with holes crossing through the tire for bounce and weight reduction.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $76+

GET IT: $76+


Lumos Aster Cycling Backpack

Dubbed the safest commuter pack, we have little reason to doubt that the Lumos Aster Cycling Backpack is just that. It’s not obvious at first glance that this bag boasts integrated white front (mounted on the straps) plus side and red rear lights, turn signal indicators controlled by a Bluetooth handlebar remote, and automatic brake lights that illuminate upon sensing deceleration. A large 4,000 mAh battery keeps this plethora of lights going for roughly 10 to 15 hours so you won’t need to ground it often. And if you forgot to recharge, the grid-patterned reflective lining shines bright when shone on by headlights. Aster’s also equipped with a variety of cycling-centric features including an external helmet holder, a rain cover, an ICE information slot with emergency contact info (that will hopefully never serve its purpose), plus holders and compartments for a bottle, bike pump, and U-lock. It’s even got room for a 15-inch laptop plus clothes and shoes.

Find it at Indiegogo – $110

GET IT: $110


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

Sports & Outdoors

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+