After driving a car, with all its electronic bells and internet-connected whistles, riding a bike can feel very...analog. Just because a bike runs on human power doesn't mean it has to be boring or uncomfortable, however. In fact, as more people rediscover the joys of bike commuting, an entire industry of cool, eco-friendly bike accessories has emerged. These sophisticated gadgets can help you comply with road safety rules and stay more comfortable during your journey. If you've been looking for a more high-tech ride, check out a sampling of our favorite green bike accessories!
Pixio Solar-Powered Bike Light by Rydon
When sharing the road with cars, it’s important for cyclists to remain highly visible at all times. Whether it’s early morning, twilight, or the dead of night, a bike light is the best way to make sure cars see you as well as you see them. The Rydon Pixio features a built-in solar panel that is protected by a weatherproof casing. Simply store the bike in a sunny area or ride around during the day and the solar panel will collect energy to power the LED bulb at night. Never worry about dead batteries again.
Foldable Bike Helment by Carrera
It’s easy to make kids wear a helmet, but adults need brain protection too! Unfortunately, our egos and self-assurance often keep us from donning these essential cranial accessories. Perhaps all we’re waiting for is a helmet that’s both stylish and easy to stow when we reach our destination. The Carrera foldable bike helmet does both. Each Carrerra foldable helmet is made from patented flexible frame that extends to fit even the biggest of heads. The pieces snap into place, creating a securely snug brain hugger thanks to the special elastic fitting system. Then, when you’ve dismounted, the helmet snaps together, reducing its size, and making it easy to store or carry.
Atom Generator by Siva Cycles
Our smartphones go everywhere with us theses days, even on a bike ride. GPS and distance-tracking apps can be very useful while biking, not to mention the streaming music apps. Still, on a bike, like in life, draining our phone’s battery can leave us in some sticking situations. The Siva Cycle Atom is an onboard power generator that harvests the kinetic energy of a rider’s pedaling motion. Made up of magnetic rotors and lithium batteries made locally in the United States of America, it can be used to power up a battery for later use, or directly charge your smart phone while you ride to work.
Recycled Bike Tube Pannier by Green Guru
No matter where you’re going on your bike, chances are you have to carry some stuff. It might be different shoes, it might be work clothes, it might be a bottle of wine for a dinner party. There’s nothing safe about dangling a bag off the handlebars, however. Why not carry your stuff in style with this sleek pannier made from recycled bike inner tubes instead? Just one of many neato bike bags offered by Green Guru, this bag is virtually weather-proof, and features a shoulder strap and a quick mount system secures to virtually any rack system.
Bike Security System by Cycloc
One thing that can deter people from bike commuting is a lack of safe storage space for their wheels. Not everyone has a basement or garage for bike parking, and even if they do, these spaces can often be filled with other stuff, making access difficult. The Cycloc solves this problem in a beautiful, eco-friendly way. Created by designer Andrew Lang, the Cycloc allows you to hang and lock your bike to a wall. It can store bikes horizontally or vertically, includes a handy storage space for helmet or gloves, and when paired with a D-lock, creates a secure storage station that frees up valuable floor space.
Horn Bike by Bone Collection
The only thing that can make a bike ride better is pairing it with your favorite tunes. Unfortunately, traffic, wind, and other environmental noise can make your phone’s weak external speaker hard to hear. Enter the Horn Bike. This nifty handlbar amplifier features “an eco-friendly silicone iPhone case that’s designed with the bike commuter in mind,” reports EarthTechling. “It features a handy band so the iPhone can be strapped to your handlebars during the commute, as well as a horn-shaped speaker that will amplify its sound volume. With this perched on your handlebars you can listen to music, get turn-by-turn navigation, and even answer a call on speaker phone, all without slowing your speed!”