You may have noticed recently that we’ve mentioned more than a few times how much we enjoy a good bike ride. In addition to tell you about the lightweight bike for Kennedy and the mountain bike for Madison, we also told you about how Pokemon Go inspired us to take a nice long ride as a family.
With each of those posts, I thought about how our bikes were more than just “unbox and pedal”. All four of our bicycles are equipped with extra goodies to make the rides more comfortable as well as safer. Whether you incorporate all of these or just some, you’ll probably appreciate the little extra luxury they provide.
7 Gadgets to Upgrade Your Bicycle
Most cars come with built-in navigation systems so it makes sense to want that same type of feature when you venture out on a bike ride. We actually opt to go longer distances and venture further out than we would have otherwise when we can see exactly where we are going. Whether you use an app like Runtastic (or Cyctastic), Google maps, music or some other app, being able to access your phone without hassle makes this worth the minor investment. “Hey, there’s a PokeStop up there!”
I’m not sure at what point bicycles no longer included a kickstand, but it makes no sense. Even if you have a place to lean your bicycle in storage, you need one to be able to hold your bike when you stop to smell the roses.
Sometimes a bike ride is simply about getting exercise but other times it’s about the journey. We’ve been known to stop at a store to re-hydrate or reward ourselves with an ice cream sundae. It’s always more reassuring knowing the bicycle is secure when we step away and a bicycle lock is a small price to pay for that peace of mind.
Water Bottle Holder
Unless you plan on riding in the late afternoon and evening, you won’t likely need a light. However, it doesn’t hurt to have one just in case. There are times when weather changes dramatically and you’ll want to have a headlight just in case. We opt for flashlight-style bike lights so we’re able to take it off to use for other purposes.
Comfortable Bicycle Seat
If you plan to ride a lot, invest in a seat that won’t make you regret your ride. There are options for both men and women.You’re welcome.
The prices on these various bicycle accessories are minimal compared to the amount of comfort and security they will offer in return. So what are you waiting for? Gear up your bicycle and hit the road.