COVID may have cursed America’s carmakers, but it’s been a blessing for the bicycle industry, which is enjoying an unprecedented boom since the pandemic began. Nationwide, bike sales have jumped by double digits in the past year, and two-wheeled transportation is taking off in Los Angeles, where local bike shops are reporting record sales and lengthy waiting lists for the most-wanted rides. Of course, you can’t spin your wheels without the appropriate accessories. Here are a few suggestions to help you get into gear.
Whether you’re a serious triathlete or a weekend warrior, the Wahoo Elemnt Rival GPS watch will help you track your miles on the road, while counting down the minutes to happy hour. $380 at helenscycles.com.
HIP TO BE SQUARE
Yes, there are tons of bikers in tight, bright outfits racing around the city these days. But your retro Rubik’s Cube jersey will let them all know that you’ve really got game. $65 at summitdifferent.co.uk.
The SixThreeZero EVRYjourney electric tricycle looks innocent, but its 250-watt motor isn’t kidding around. It will whisk you to a Tinder date faster than an Uber. And its basket is great for hauling groceries—or wine. $1,999.99 at sixthreezero.com.
Beloved by professional cyclists and professional hitmen, these rimless, ultra-lightweight Bollé Lightshifter sunglasses offer protection from the elememts (and the law). $153 at fashioneyewear.com.
PUT A RING ON IT
Ear-splitting, Trumpian bike horns are so 2016. Instead, check out this Biden-era brass bell. It emits a pleasing ring that says “Buddy, can you please get out of the way?” $15 at competitivecyclist.com.
Night riders and Burning Man devotees will both take a shine to these ultra-bright LED lights from Brionic. They’re waterproof and come in six psychedelic colors, including rainbow, of course. $17 at amazon.com.
THE BRIGHT STUFF
See and be seen in even the darkest situations with the Lezyne Lite Drive 1000XL headlight, which boasts up to 1,000 lumens of output and 87 hours of battery life.
$90 at backcountry.com.
Hate taking a ride on a spring day only to have the temperature plunge at sundown? These floral Frida arm warmers will keep you balmy without bulking up. $27 at cycologyclothing.com.
No responsible biker leaves home without protection. This sturdy lock from Kryptonite vows to deter the most ambitious thieves at half the price of competing models. $115 at amazon.com.
HALF AND HALF
Part cowhide, part crocheted cotton, these vintage-styled, fingerless gloves will help the most hapless rider get a grip. $27 at explorethousand.com.
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