Summer cycling is all about staying cool and slowing down, just the way we like it. Whether it’s a picnic on the bike, a trip to the office or the beach, it’s summer and it’s all about making it easier.
Here are 10 essential gear we’re loving this summer.
It’s a cool, functional piece of outerwear that we love. It’s made with an eco-friendly stretch fabric allowing plenty of movement to work those pedals, while looking absolutely fabulous off the bike. It has all kinds of breathability, so no need to worry about sweat from summer cycling. And there are plenty of buckles, straps and pockets for whatever one might need.
Let’s face it, having a flat tire and having to replace or repair a tube on the go or even at home is always a pain. Doing it in the heat of summer just makes it worse. That’s why we loved discovering this electric inflator, a collaboration between Aventon and Fantik. This lightweight and portable inflator is a marvel. It measures less than eight inches or can fully inflate a bicycle tire to the exact PSI with the press of a button. We’ve found it to be a valuable addition to our gear cabinet and even take it along on long group rides with friends on weekends.
Although built with mountain biking in mind, we love the eco-friendly polyester mesh used on the Vista Top. It manages humidity and is super durable, not to mention it looks pretty cool for a weekend at the beach or for a coffee shop in the summer. It has a sculpted hem for easy movement on or off the bike.
Able Carry Thirteen Backpack, $128
Lightweight and built for everyday adventure, this little gem of a bag offers versatility and quality without all the unnecessary bells and whistles. We love the minimalist design, the dedicated laptop pocket for those who want to bike to the beach this summer to work on that novel, and the hidden pocket on the left shoulder strap is super handy.
There’s something so sleek yet absolutely utilitarian and smart about this new rear cargo bike crate from Brooklyn Bicycle Co. We love that it’s crafted from reclaimed wood with galvanized metal finishes. And it’s roomy enough to carry all sorts of fun things, from picnic baskets to groceries.
Traveler’s Thousand Lights, $35
Thousand, the brand behind some pretty smashing bike helmets, is finally adding to its line of innovative products for cyclists. What we love about Traveler Lights for bikes and scooters is that they’re lightweight and magnetically attach and detach from their mounts for easy removal and installation. There’s an Eco Flash setting that’s perfect for dawn and dusk rides along with two additional settings, including the 100-lumen nighttime setting and the 250-lumen daytime flash setting.
ABUS mobile safety experts have designed the Pedelec 2.0 helmet with an ideal combination of safety and convenience for city streets. We like the 360-degree visibility and the integrated LED taillight – a big flashing red triangle. There are also plenty of vents throughout to provide plenty of airflow.
Famous bike brand State Bicycle Co. is expanding its line of accessories with a number of adorable bags to carry your summer cycling essentials. What we love is the Cordura fabric and color combinations that make these bags as stylish as they are functional. The range includes two different frame bags, a new tool roll and a saddle bag.
Looking for something to pick fresh flowers and a bottle of wine for your big date? Do it in style with this summer-ready woven front basket from the good folks at Priority Bicycles. It’s made of artificial rattan woven around a sturdy metal frame, so it’s built to last. We love the vegan leather straps and the brass buckles. So cute.
Duer No Sweat Everyday Shorts, $89
This brand is a favorite of brilliant sea-to-sea urban riders thanks to the level of comfort, durability and style. These shorts look great and we love their super soft fabric and drawstring waist. The secure back pocket is an added bonus, and the length of these shorts is perfect for cycling around town.