Since ’65, the League of American Bicyclists has sponsored National Bike Month to show off the benefits of bicycling and entice newcomers to commute. More than half of the US population lives within five miles of their workplace, which is reason enough to get most people cycling. But in case you need some extra incentive, here’s some badass biking gear to get you going.
1. Cold One Bottle (evrgrn, $25): Keep cool on a long day’s ride with a cold one—an insulated 24 fl. oz. bottle, that is. For up to 24 hours this stainless steel bottle will keep your liquids cool (or hot up to 12 hours), and it won’t leach or retain flavors.
2. Unit (Nixon, $125): The Unit bridges the gap between sport- and street-wear, boasting the time and date of course, as well as an alarm, chronograph, timer and thermometer. Its durable fiber-reinforced polycarbonate case and co-molded silicone bezel are shock resistant for the bumpy roads ahead.
3. UA Heart Rate (Under Armour, $80): Going on an intense ride? Track your heart rate with this chest strap that directly measures the electrical impulse of your heartbeat during workouts. It’ll also calculate the calories you’ve burned and measure the intensity of your workout, plus it’s water-resistant to hang with you at your sweatiest.
4. Pack ’n Pedal Commuter Pannier (Thule, $120): Jaunting around town? This waterproof pack is an ideal choice for bike commuters, featuring innovative hardware and integrated light pockets, plus a laptop sleeve for those heading to the office. It fits securely on either side of the racked bike and boasts reflective strips for increased visibility.
5. Pack ’n Pedal Basket (Thule, $60): Have too many things to carry along on your commute? This basket will mount right to the front or rear of your bike rack and offers added storage space for up to two grocery bags or equivalent.
6. 64 oz. Growler (Avex, $55): This 64 oz. double-walled, stainless steel, vacuum-insulated growler with a sturdy lid/handle combo will keep your beverages hot for up to 22 hours and cold for up to 43.
7. Axle Helmet (Smith Optics, $140): Safety first—but also style. Designed for durability, this helmet is built using a proprietary Bombshell PLUS construction and Multi-Impact EPP Liner to withstand whatever is thrown your way.
8. Day Hiker First-Aid Kit (REI, $14): If you’re taking on a trek, you might want medical supplies. This kit supplies up to two people, and its clear compartments let you easily find the items you need.
10. Urban 350 Commuter Combo (Light and Motion, $90): Complete with a seat post mount and micro USB charging cable, the lights are designed to create an effective range of light covering 360 degrees.
11. Premier 6.0 Sunglasses (Nike, $136): An essential part of any sunny day, the lightweight, vintage nylon frame makes these easy to carry around, and they’ll sit stable on your nose with rubber inlay pads and temple tips. You’ll also get precise vision from every angle with Nike Max Optics.