Fat bikes are fun to ride but also big, slow, and expensive. The Moar Folding Fat Bike is none of those things. Despite its Knobby fat tires and bulky, rugged frame, Moar isn’t cumbersome to ride thanks to a 500 or 750 watt electric motor that’ll assist while pedalling for up to 85 miles, and can go all-electric (and all-lazy) for about 50 miles using its thumb throttle. And it folds right in the middle for packing into a trunk or for easy storage. Cleverly, a functional rear rack stashes the bike’s large battery which pulls out to charge and also powers the two wheeler’s 1,000 lumen projection headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals. Other features include front and rear suspension, waterproof wiring, a 7, 8 or 9 speed Shimano rear derailleur, and Tektro disc brakes on all models.
Find it at Indiegogo – $1,000
A single bike lock can’t be expected to lock down your bike’s frame as well as multiple other components, or at least not securely. The Abus Nutfix Component Lock complements your bike lock by taking care of your wheels and saddle once and for all. The nut features a free-rotating colored shell that shields the nut beneath and can only be unlocked and pulled back when it’s facing skyward, i.e. when the bike is lying on its side. So just locking your bike normally is enough to thwart would-be thieves form making off with multiple parts. Available as a standalone NutFix (that’ll work with solid axles with diameters of M9, M10 and 3/8”), as part of an axle set to replace quick-release axles, or along with a seat clamp set in various sizes.
It’s as serious a mountain bike as any, but Trek’s Powerfly 8 FS Plus eMTB can also keep you biking longer, whether or not you’re in tip top shape. This electric mountain bike boasts a torquey, pedal-assisting motor that’s shielded against scrapes and stones and that’s powered by a removable Bosch PowerPack 500 that gets the rather hefty (50 lbs) bike to speeds of 20 mph effortlessly. A sleek Bosch Intuvia display is linked to handlebar-mounted controls and shows speed, stats, and the like. It’s also equipped with Knock Block in the headset to protect the frame from inadvertent handlebar spinning, Active Braking Pivots that lets the suspension do its thing even when you’re weighing heavily on the brakes, and both Shimano shifters/derailleurs and hydraulic disc brakes.
Learn more at Trek – $5,000
The benefits of using textiles in a bike lock are obvious, namely flexibility and low weight. And so is its drawback in being easy to cut, or so you’d think. Yet besides getting frayed the Tex-Lock Textile Bike Lock doesn’t give in to bolt cutters nearly as fast as chains or traditional metal wire bike locks. Four of the lock’s five layers (all but the decorative outside) protect it from attacks, with a water shield, a fireproof shield under that, then a cut resistant layer over the saw resistant core. Three sizes include small and medium versions and an XL variant that’s got a big eyelet through which to slip the rope and make creative use of its full 70-inch length. It also won’t ever scratch your bike’s frame, includes a magnetic saddle mount for small and medium sizes, and comes in four colors — grey/black, black/gold, neon salmon, plus a more traditional all-black — that are a welcome departure from the stark looks of every other bike lock you’ve owned.
Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $97
Multitools save space when compared to their individual single-tool counterparts, but despite this most are rather bulky. Not the Cha-O-Ha Cyclist Card Multitool which is theoretically small enough to fit into a wallet (we say it like this because it’s heavy-duty thick-cut metal isn’t the thinnest) and definitely compact enough to slip away incognito in your saddle bag, jersey pocket, or small messenger bag. The two-part card is made of the same hard-wearing, edge-retaining CPM S35VN Blade Steel as their EDC Card and includes a total of 43 functions if you count each individual wrench, including a tire pry, three spoke wrenches, a truing fork (for straightening disc brakes), a measure, a bottle opener, a few screwdrivers, a bit driver, plus a ton of hex wrenches. And since a card itself won’t give much leverage, a second piece — which holds two 1/4-inch bits — pins onto the Cyclist card to double as a handle.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $35+
The All In Bike Multitool is built for cyclists, but it won’t take up any space in your bike bag. Nor can you forget it at home because it slips into the [otherwise completely useless] hollow space in your bike’s crankshaft (that is, in the axle between the pedals), locking in place thanks to seven powerful neodymium magnets. If you need a hand, yank it out; the Italian-made tool comes equipped with four Allen keys, a T25 torx, and a Phillips bit — though you can swap out any of these with any standard bit. It’s also got a few slots for extra chain links but doesn’t come with a chain breaker tool, so pack one of those alongside a spare tube and tire levers.
Learn more at All In Multitool – roughly $70
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
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