Countless cities are now proud to carry the label of “bike-friendly.” Among these, Portland, Oregon is the most renowned, possibly thanks to the hit show Portlandia and its many bike-riding characters.
There are racks that allow you to store you bike upright and steady, there are those that allow you to take your bike with you when you travel, and there are those bike racks that actually hold things you will need on your ride. There are plenty of each kind of bike rack on the market today, but there are several that stand out from the pack. These are our picks for the Top Five Bike Racks.
Some bikers prefer not to wear gloves. After years of riding, your hands will become accustomed to the abuse, and they will toughen up and form callouses. That said, many riders choose to wear biking gloves, especially if they like mountain biking (which is typically more intense than road biking). There are lots of different types of gloves out there – some are expensive and some are pretty cheap. No matter what your budget, style or preferences are, you should have no problem finding the perfect bike gloves for your needs.
If you have ever been out on a bike ride after dark, you know how important it is to have some sort of light to illuminate your path. Even if you don’t make a habit of riding at night, you should still consider buying a bike light. You never know what can happen on the trail, and most bikers have run in to unexpected delays on more than one occasion. Say, for example, you planned a four hour trail ride that put you back at your car by dusk. What if you get injured and have to walk back? What if you need to make an emergency road repair that puts you behind schedule? My point is, you should always be prepared for all possible scenarios, and biking at night is dangerous without proper lighting.
Of all the accessories every biker needs, bike pumps are one of the most important. If you are several miles into a ride, especially a trail ride, and one of both of your tires go flat, you are basically screwed unless you have a bike pump. There are a bunch of different pumps out there. Some of them are great, and some of them are a waste of money. We’ve used popularity, product reviews and personal experience to narrow your options down to the five best bicycle pumps on the market. In no particular order, here are the best bike pumps currently available.
When it comes to bicycle tool kits, there are really two different types: those made for home or garage bike repair, and those made for emergency fixes and portability. We reviewed a ton of different bike repair kits, and we’ve come up with a list of the top five that are currently available for you to buy. These include both home repair kits and portable “emergency” bike repair kits. To be fair, many of the “home” kits are portable enough to take on the road, but you probably wouldn’t want to bring them on your actual ride. That’s what the lighter weight emergency kits are for.
If you are looking or for a lightweight dual-platform pedal for mountain biking that is perfect for users with no clip-less pedal experience then you should definitely consider the Shimano PD-M540 SPD Pedal. It claims to be the best mud and debris shedding pedal in its class, which bodes well for those bikers who like muddy terrains. Another great feature of the pedal is that it has adjustable cleat tension. The fact that you can make this adjustment means that this pedal is great for beginners who are just starting to use clip-less pedals.
The Shimano XTR PD-M985 Trail Pedal is a top shelf XTR pedal that is designed for adventurous users who like to ride on wide array of trails. What’s great about this pedal is that it will require no maintenance and that its cleat tension can be adjusted. It also comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty. This competent pedal is both lightweight for effective racing and is of a premium quality.
The Crank Brothers Egg Beater SL Bicycle Pedal is described as a simply elegant pedal made with a stainless steel body and wings. It is an efficient pedal that clips in very quickly due to its 4-sided wing. The wing rotates under the pressure of your foot and smoothly engages the cleat bolted to the sole of your shoe.