So you just scored a new bike? Welcome! We can’t wait for you to feel the breeze against your face and the freedom that comes with riding a bicycle. While we fancy ourselves minimalists, we also know that being prepared during a ride can make a big difference — especially for new cyclists. Keep reading to find out our seven must-have bike accessories for a smoother, safer maiden voyage.
BEST BIKE ACCESSORIES FOR NEW CYCLISTS
GRANITE-DESIGN STASH MULTI-TOOL, $55
All new cyclists should know that mishaps happen on the road or trail. Be prepared with the Granite-Design Stash Multi-Tool, a super-discreet and lightweight tool that stealthily hides inside your bicycle steerer tube. Think of it as the Swiss-Army-Knife equivalent for cycling. The 8-in-1 design features screwdrivers, a spoke key and a valve core remover. It’s also compatible for mountain bikes.
THOUSAND PENNANT BICYCLE BELL, $19
Make your presence known to pedestrians and other cyclists with the Thousand Pennant Bicycle Bell. The vintage design gives off serious “Ring My Bell” vibes, so go ahead and ring it anytime, anywhere. It fits most city bike, road bike and mountain bike handlebars and is available in brass and stainless steel.
ONEUP COMPONENTS EDC PUMP, $59
The OneUp Components EDC Pump blows other mini bike pump competitors out of the water. The sleek, lightweight model has a fast-on head design and a speedy inflation time at 100cc. Riders will appreciate the bottle cage mount for simple installation so no need to bring a bag or shove it in a pocket.
KRYPTONITE NEW-U EVOLUTION LITE MINI-6, $65
Keep your precious investment safe with one of the best bike locks in the biz. The Kryptonite New-U Evolution Lite Mini-6is nearly 40 percent lighter than the Evolution Mini-5 model, which makes it ideal for bike commuters and weekend warrior cyclists. The ultra-secure Mini-6 features an all-new patent-pending Bentfoot Double Deadbolt and three stainless steel keys in an upgraded design. You can even use it to lock up a Thousand bike helmet with our secret Poplock. Shop local and purchase the Mini-6 at a bicycle shop near you.
BOVON BIKE PHONE MOUNT, $9
Riding hands-free is the way to be — especially because distractions and one-handed bike riding can cause accidents. You don’t have to spend a lot to mount your smartphone onto your bicycle handlebars either. The Bovon Bike Phone Mount is a universal and rotatable option made from silicon that costs just $9. You simply attach the adjustable clamp to your handlebar, insert your phone and go.
BONTRAGER ION 200 RT/FLARE FT LIGHT SET, $115
Take the guesswork out of bike lights and buy a set. They may look small and compact, but Bontrager Ion 200 RT/Flare RT Light Set shines a powerful 200 Lumen output. Both the bicycle tail light and headlight are USB rechargeable and offer convenient auto-adjust lighting based on the surrounding conditions and time of day.
THOUSAND MULTI-USE GAITER, $20
Versatility is paramount when it comes to cycling. A multi-purpose item allows you to lighten your load and make adjustments according to your situation. We kept this in mind when we designed the Thousand Multi-Use Gaiter. You can quickly and easily transform the neck warmer into a headband, a face warmer, and a beanie. It fits comfortably and snugly underneath a lightweight bike helmet and is breathable enough for all-weather riding.