Bike accessories help you carry your gear and get around the city in comfort while getting exercise and reducing your carbon footprint. The best accessories are a combination of cargo-carrying add-ons and stylish, functional upgrades that keep your bike clean, easy to maintain and as light as possible while loaded with groceries, books, clothes or whatever you need to carry. When you start adding parts to your bicycle, you begin to realize how useful and enjoyable bike accessories can be, and whether they’re meant as gifts for yourself or others, they always go over well.
1. Portland Design Works Takeout Handlebar Basket
This handlebar basket works well on road bikes with drop handlebars as well as mountain bikes with straight handlebars. It’s a lightweight aluminum cage that attaches to the front of your bike just above the front tire, and it comes with a bamboo slot frame for holding items small enough to slip through the cage. It’s the perfect accessory for carrying your wallet, drinks, phone, keys and other small items.
2. Ventura Universal Bicycle Carrier Rack
This racks goes on the back of your bicycle to carry larger bags and boxes, such as groceries, suitcases, briefcases and other large gear. It’s a sturdy steel-frame rack that mounts on your back wheel and sits just below and behind your seat while you ride. It turns your bike into a foot-powered pickup truck and allows you to commute to work or school with your supplies and a change of clothes if needed.
3. Garmin Bike Speed Sensor and Cadence Sensor
This electronic device is a must-have for anyone who is serious about getting a workout on a bicycle. It attaches to your wheel to give you a precise reading of your speed so that you can improve your performance and measure exactly how many calories you burn on a bike ride. It also comes with a cadence sensor that attaches to your pedal arm to tell you how many cycles per minute you’re pedaling.
4. Ibera Bicycle Lightweight Aluminum Water Bottle Cage
This item is another accessory that is essential for exercising, but that anyone can use for casual bike rides. It’s a curved aluminum-frame cage that attaches to your bike frame and carries just about any water bottle you want to use, including oversize bottles. What’s unique about this cage is its attractive wave-shaped design that goes with any bike style. It blends in with the look of your bike and lets you stay hydrated at all times.
5. SKS Rear Mudguard Xtra-Dry 26-inch
This super lightweight plastic mudguard fits over your rear tire to keep splashes of rain water from soaking your back. It’s a simple accessory that fits on any bike and doesn’t interfere with your movement or weigh down your bike. The best feature of this guard is that it has a quick-release strap that fastens to your seat to hold it in place, and you can easily remove it by undoing the strap. The high-performance 140-gram plastic keeps you dry without slowing you down.
6. SKS B53 Commuter 2 Bicycle Fender Set
If you want your bikes to match, you definitely need to get a 2-fender set for blocking sprays of water and protecting your back tires. These fenders match the style of any bike, because they’re made from thin, durable, lightweight stainless steel that attaches to your bike with automatic-release safety clips. The paint can get wet and stay out in the sun without corroding because it’s UV-resistant and anti-corrosive. It makes a great addition to casual bike setups.
7. Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS
This GPS cycling sensor tells you precisely how high you’ve climbed when going up a hill, and it gives you a detailed analysis of your cycling performance. It’s an essential accessory for performance-minded cyclists and anyone who wants to keep track of how many calories have been burned during a workout. The small design and neutral color match any bike style, and the device attaches to your handlebar with a quarter-turn motion.
8. Bike Peddler Take A Look Cycling Eyeglass Mirror
This fun, useful accessory gives you a rear view of your bike ride by mounting a mirror to your helmet visor or glasses. You can adjust it to three different positions to get the maximum visibility of your surroundings, and because the mirror is unhindered by a frame, you can see over a wide viewing area. Whether you prefer mounting the mirror on the left or right side, this accessory has you covered, and the design of the mounting arm prevents annoying vibrations.
9. KLOUD City 190T Nylon Waterproof Bicycle Cover
This nylon bike cover is essential for keeping your bike in good cosmetic condition when you can’t keep it indoors. It has a simple, attractive style and fits easily over bikes up to 74.8 inches. When not in use, you can simply fold it up and store it in its drawstring carrying bag, and the stabilizing buckle on the bottom of the cover prevents it from blowing off the bike in severe weather.
10. Etronic Security Lock
The M6 self-coiling combination lock is the perfect anti-theft accessory for cyclists who want to have the best style and convenience while riding. It features a coiling cable that always keeps the lock in a tightly wound position when not in use, and the combination lock can be reset by the owner if the combination is ever forgotten. It includes a 6-foot braided steel cable and mounting bracket.