Gear up with techy cycling accessories
by Dan Kricke
Bicyclists don’t have much reason to get jealous of their pals racing around on motorcycles these days. With all of the gadgets available for a regular ‘ol bike, cyclists have more than enough fun gear to sink their teeth into to distract them from the difference in horsepower between the two two-wheeled options.
Start with this handy gadget, the CycleOps Powertap G3 Wireless Hub. A bit pricey, starting at $1,100, but for serious cyclists it could be a must-own. The hub provides real-time performance data, accurate to within +/- 1.5 percent. Manufacturer CycleOps claims it is the “perfect tool to improve power and performance.” If you’re dead set on a big ticket item like this, picking it up from Amazon, where you can at least get free shipping, might be your best bet.
For something that even a less serious bike enthusiast can ejoy, there’s the Wahoo Fitness Bike Pack. The Bike Pack features a radio transceiver that can be hooked up to fitness monitoring equipment, a water and shock resistant case, connectivity to iPhones and a speed and cadence bike sensor. Grabbing the bike pack from Best Buy will net you 2 percent cash back on your purchase, as well.
For the thrifty biker, there’s DX.com’s numerous inexpensive cycling accessories. Everything from adjustable bike mount flashlights to electronic speedometers and more can be yours for under $10 an item over at DX. Grab a couple of coupons and make the shopping trip even more cost conscious to really impress your pals.
No matter how serious you are on your bike, there are so many options for cool gadget purchases, you’ll never feel left out of the pack again.