As the western bike renaissance continues, more and more people are using their bike as a legitimate means of commute, and not just for biking vacations. As the shift from fun to function takes place, the need for practicality increases.
Here’s a quick list of ways you can make your bike more practical.
1 » Rear Rack
Adding a rear rack to your bicycle is a must. Like the trunk of your car, you find uses for it nearly every day. It’s especially useful for groceries.
2 » Bungee Cords
In additional to a rear rack, bungee cords are key for fastening your excess cargo. They can easily be wound around the rack when not in use.
3 » Saddle Bags
Flapping over the rear rack, saddle bags offer increased storage volume, waterproof options, and (let’s face it) they look pretty cool.
4 » Front Basket
Front baskets were made for sunny day countryside biking. They remind us of simpler times when the whole world seemed to fit inside a four by ten inch basket. For the easy-minded rider, this vintage bike accessory is where it’s at.
5 » Kickstand
As fun as they are to ride, without a proper kickstand, bikes can be a tad on the annoying side after dismount. To avoid needless and awkward tips and spills, kickstands are a must.
6 » Front and Read Lights
Bikes can be hard to see during dusk and dawn. Front and rear bike lights can simply be the difference between life and death. In fact, in many cities bike lights are the law. These are good laws.
7 » Handlebar Camera Mount
For the digital rider, why not attach a camera mount to your handlebars. Collecting footage of your ride can be very rewarding.