Posted on by Keelin Burke

NATIONAL BIKE MONTH FEATURING ACCESSORIES

National Bike Month is coming to a close, but not without a friendly "hello" from the products that make it all possible. No, there's no specific bike feature this week, instead we're focusing on the must-haves that keep us on the road longer.

Bicycles have been around since the 1860s, so it's no surprise that they've experienced their fair share of improvements changes, and innovations over the years. Similarly, bike accessories have witnessed their very own changes that closely aligned with the intention to keep people on their bikes longer - love it! One of the least surprising accessory innovations over the last 150+ years is the helmet.

YOU'RE GOING TO NEED A HELMET

Helmets are important. Duh. You knew that. But how often do you actually wear one? For a significant number of cyclists, the last time a helmet was used was between your house (when your mom told you "you're not leaving until you put on a helmet"), to down the street when you took off the helmet because Mom can't see you anymore. Are we right or are we right...? Unsurprisingly, the history behind why we have helmets isn't the most riveting of stories, but it is chalked full of innovations that continue into present day. 

Competitive cyclists in the early 20th century wrapped their heads with a ring of leather and one of wool. Eventually this style evolved to include more protection surrounding the entirety of the head. Modern helmets didn't see their start until the mid 1970s after independent researchers found that the hard shells and foam interiors of current helmets were overwhelmingly ineffective. Helmets quickly became a priority for many companies to ensure that people felt safe and secure while riding them, especially as more people took to the roads.

Now, helmets are more than just protective, they can add to a cyclist's overall look on the road. Helmets aren't one-size-fits-all. Different styles and designs can better suit your needs and riding habits. 

Choose from two different Critical Cycles commuter helmets based on your own style. The CM-1 and CM-2 are sleek, stylish, minimalist, and come with all the US CPSC Safety Standards needed to keep you safe on the road.

The CM-1 features a classic yet distinctive skate design with two sets of interchangeable pads in three different sizes. Critical Cycles' DEWCOLLECTOR interior padding technology prevents sweat, stench, and bacteria from messing with your cruise. This style comes in seven different colors and is equipped with 10 vents for a comfortable, breezy, and stylish ride. 

The CM-2 has the same US CPSC Safety Standards as the CM-1 to keep you safe. This style adds one extra vent for a cool, smooth commute.

CM-1 Commuter Helmet - $24.99 

Colors: Matte White, Matte Black, Matte Barely Pink, Matte Graphite, Matte Sky Blue, Matte Slate, Matte Wood Grain

Sizes: Small (20"-21.75"), Medium: (21.75"-23.25"), Large: (23.25"-25")

 

Colors: Matte Slate, Matte Black, Matte Graphite, Matte White, Matte Sky Blue, Matte Barely Pink, Matte Wood Grain

Sizes: Small (20"-21.75"), Medium: (21.75"-23.25"), Large: (23.25"-25")

For an edgier look, opt for the Silas Bike Helmet. This style is constructed with a lightweight and aerodynamic polyvinyl chloride outer shell and EPS foam body. Feel secure in your safety with an integrated ErgoKnob Adjustable Dial providing a custom fit in a matter of seconds. The Silas has 24 strategically placed vents to ensure a comfortable ride.

Colors: Matte Black, Matte Graphite, Matte Celeste, Matte White, Matte Blush, Matte Sage Green

Sizes: One Size (54-61cm)

PUT IT ALL IN ONE BASKET

Baskets don't really add much to the safety of a ride, but they can keep you on the road longer. Tossing heavy canvas bags over the handlebars seems like a good idea until you're left adjusting your ride to prevent losing all your items. Save yourself the trouble and opt for a basket instead. The weight gets carried directly in front of the bike rather than throwing off your center of balance while you ride. 

Choose from a basket style that screams "WIZARD OF OZ" like the Toto Basket, or something a little more heavy-duty for long days on two wheels like Apollo Steel/Mesh Bike Basket. Typical styles range between a classic woven style to more durable metal designs.

 
Metal:

 

Colors: Black, Silver, White, Lavender, Moss Green, Brown, Pink

Measurements: 9.5"x10.5"x14

Colors: Black, Silver, White, Lavender, Moss Green, Brown, Pink

Measurements: 9.5"x14.5"x7.5

Woven:

 

Colors: Dark Stain, White

 

 
 

Colors: Natural

Measurements: 26.5cm x 33.5cm x 20cm

 

 

Color: Dark, Natural, Black

Measurements: 14"x9"x8.5"

LOCK IT DOWN

So, we don't know about you, but we'd really hate it if our ride got stolen. If you don't feel that way, you can stop reading right now (also... who wants to get their bike stolen??). Regardless of your preference, it's a general rule of thumb to lock down your bike if you're leaving it unattended in a public area. You'll want your lock to be durable of course, but there are several different options and styles to choose from before you lock one down (ha ha ha). 

U-LOCKS

Protect your bike regardless of what it comes up against. This lock is made with a hardened steel shackle that resists hand tools. A reinforced collar over the keyway increases protection of your bike. 

Take your standard U-Lock and make it even better with a 4' flex cable for more protection surrounding your bike. This lock comes with a 13mm thick steel shackle to easily withstand bolt cutters. This style comes with three stainless steel keys, one of them equipped with an LED light bulb to help you easily unlock and go in dark or dim hours. 

Kryptonite Locks throws in added security and protects any bike up to $2,000 in the US and Canada when you register your ride in their system.

CHAIN LOCKS

This chain lock maintains a classic and safe U-Shape for added security. The chain links are made from 3T hardened manganese steel for maximum strength. A durable, protective nylon cover with hook-n-loop fasteners hold your ride in place. This lock also includes Evolution series 4 Disc Lock with 14mm max-performance steel shackle. needless to say - it's one tough cookie.

CABLE LOCKS

 

Don't let the price fool you, this lightweight pre-set combination lock is easy to use and incredibly resistant to cuts. The cable measures 5mm in diameter and 4 feet in length and self-recoils to protect the entirety of your bike. Lastly, its vinyl finish preserves your bike's paint job and never leaves a scratch. 

Take your bike security one step further with the KryptoFlex 1018 Combo Cable Lock. A 10mm flexible braided steel cable provides increased cut resistance. The integrated 4-digit resettable combination lock with indexed number dials make it easy to set your combo. Your bike will never scratch with the lock's safe vinyl covering to protect your paint job.