Best gadgets for the amateur biker

For those of you that love riding through the countryside or across the city, you know what it’s like to have the cool breeze in your face and your heart beating with excitement. There’s nothing quite like it.

Biking is a great way to stay active and there are loads of accessories to make the experience even better. From water bottles to electronic bike locks, this list covers everything a cyclist may ever want from their ride.

Here are 13 of the best gadgets for the amateur biker.

Kool 8 Water Bottle

No matter if you’re an amateur or a pro, everyone needs to stay hydrated when they go cycling. This Kool 8 water bottle is tough enough to withstand even the biggest of bumps so it won’t break and spill water all over the floor. With its modern and sleek design, it looks great too. Furthermore, with its double-walled vacuum insulation technology, it will also keep water cool so when it’s time for a drink, the water remains refreshing.

Sawyers Mini Water Filtration System

If you run out of water and you’re going out for a long time, it’s important to refill a water bottle and keep fluids up. The Sawyers Mini Water Filtration System fits onto most water bottles, including the one above, and will remove 99.99% of bacteria from any source, no matter if it’s from a puddle in the street or from a river in the country.

Waterproof Phone Case

Many cyclists like to keep their phone to hand to play the music they like or answer important phone calls. However, when it rains, the droplets can be annoying on-screen and may even cause damage. A Fitfort waterproof phone case ensures that phones are kept safe from any potential water damage and make it easy to use the phone whenever it’s needed.

iCradle COBI

Most bikes don’t come equipped with turning signals and other electronics to make the riding experience safer to the cyclist themselves and others around them. The iCradle COBI provides this with the cool gadget for an amateur biker. It has front and rear lights so anyone can see which way they are turning. It also comes with GPS navigation and other great features built in for an awesome all-in-one tool.

iceDot Crash Sensor

Safety is of the utmost importance when going riding. The icedot Crash Sensor fits to the back of a helmet to predict an impact from a crash. While it may be small and unobtrusive, it can be very effective. It uses built-in sensors and Bluetooth to alert emergency contacts in case anything does happen. The gadget also comes with accelerometer and gyroscope sensors to assist with crash detection.

Fitness Tracker

For anyone that uses biking to keep fit, a fitness tracker like a Fitbit can provide all the information that’s ever needed in a waterproof, watch-like wristband. Fitness trackers monitor heart-rate, distance travelled, how many calories have been burned and much more. Plus, it can also be used outside of cycling, including swimming due to its waterproof nature.

Paracord Survival Bracelet

Ever needed a compass while riding out and about? How about a whistle? If so, instead of carrying all these separate items at once, replace them with the Paracord Survival Bracelet. Not only does it make for a great fashion statement, but it also comes equipped with many essential tools for any amateur looking to go exploring and find their inner Bear Grylls.

Ultralight Daypack

With all this gear, there’s always a need to keep it all somewhere safe and secure. The Ultralight Daypack can contain 35L worth of contents, meaning that there doesn’t have to be any compromise of necessities. Since it’s also super lightweight, it won’t feel like a burden to carry while riding around. Perfect for a day out or to keep food and water for a workout.

Front Mount Bag With Phone Holder

This is for the amateur biker that doesn’t like to carry a sack around with them. The mount bag attached just under the handlebars and has a spot to keep a cell phone safe and, above else, visible. The tool is durable and compact, making it able to withstand some of the roughest cycling conditions and trails. There is also plenty of room to keep essentials in the bag itself.

Siva Atom

Ever run out of battery while you’re riding? The Siva Atom harnesses the power of kinetic energy generated from cycling to power a device. This makes it great for anyone following a map on their phone so they don’t lose their way halfway through the journey. There is also a removable battery pack to charge a device away from the bike.

Fly6 Rear Light/Video Camera

For amateur bikers that love to capture their surroundings as they ride, this gadget is a must-have. The Fly6 doubles up as a rear light and camera to film everything from behind. At 1280×720 resolution, the output is high-quality and can last for up to 6 hours without having to charge. It also encourages drivers or others nearby to act safely as they can see that they are being filmed.

Gel Seat Cover

Not all bike seat covers are comfortable to sit on, especially during long rides. However, the Zacro Gel Bike Seat Cover makes riding a breeze and is perfect for amateur bikers that are not used to biking far distances. It’s easy to assemble and fully transferable from bike to bike, so for anyone that finds the bikes at the gym unpleasant to sit on, this makes for the ideal solution.

Kylock Solar Powered Cycling Lock

The Kylock cycling lock is a solar powered and comes with Bluetooth and WiFi built-in.  Bikers can use their smartphones to lock and unlock it at the touch of a button, far easier than trying to find (and remember!) the right combination. There is also a security feature that sends an alert if the lock detects anyone trying to break or tamper with it.

This article comes from Julian Gnatenco @ JGBilling

 

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Jeremy Lamberton and Todd Lincoln talk about their new documetary “Biker Fox”

I’ve spent a few weekend evenings in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the one thing that always catches my attention is the muscle-car atmosphere that takes over the city when the sun goes down. No matter where you drive, you can find parking lots full of car enthusiasts and their rides. Horror producer (and Tulsa native) Todd Lincoln and first time director Jeremy Lamberton have teamed up for the documentary “Biker Fox.”

The film tells the story of Frank P. DeLarzelere III, known to the good people of Tulsa as Biker Fox, a misunderstood motivational bicyclist, nature conservationist and muscle car guru. In helping spread the word about their new film, the two took time to answer some questions.

Mike Smith: How did you learn about Biker Fox?
Jeremy Lamberton: My first Biker Fox sighting was at a traffic light. He was on his bike, shaking his ass while staring at people in their cars. I pulled into a Taco Bueno parking lot next to an old bowling alley and he rode up next to my car and asked me if I was married. I told him I was (I wasn’t married at the time) and invited him to perform at Tulsa Overground. That night he told me about all the video he shot of wild life around his house and that I had to see it. Later that week he gave me an entire box of hi-8 and miniDV tapes. I watched everything. There were hundreds of hours of wild turkeys, coyotes, opossums, weed eaters, rabbits, lawn mowers, blue birds, bats and him hand feeding 50 raccoons. There were also tapes of him lecturing directly into the camera about the benefits of fitness and a healthy diet. Biker Fox and I started shooting together the next week.

MS: What made you decide to make a film about him?
JL: The footage he had already shot on his own was magical. He’s such a charismatic guy and it translated so well on video. But I didn’t think about it being a documentary until he started getting arrested. When trouble started swirling it grounded him and he became more genuine to his true character while shooting. And I thought it was funny that Biker Fox was continuing to preach his gospel of good health and happiness while at the same time his life was spinning out of control. He’s an indomitable being.

MS: Did you always intend to do the film as a documentary or did you consider doing a scripted feature film?
JL: “Biker Fox” was always meant to be a documentary. Or some kind of cross-genre film. Most of what happens in the movie you can’t make up. I don’t think his character would have the same impact if scripted. The spontaneity and what happened naturally is what made film special.

MS: Do you think that fans of your horror films will enjoy this film?
Todd Lincoln: Yes. Horror fans will definitely enjoy “Biker Fox.” Anyone who loves the unusual, the macabre, the dark arts and naturally occurring curiosities and oddities…. will appreciate the world of Biker Fox. While this is not at all a horror film in the traditional sense… it certainly could be seen as scarier than most. You will see blood. You will see violence. You will see killer raccoons.

MS: Jeremy, you’ve finally gone behind the camera. Was the experience what you expected?
JL: I’ve been making films for years but this was my toughest challenge. BIker Fox is a raw dog. I wanted the film to tap into Biker Fox’s psyche. Shooting with Biker Fox is like shooting a nature film. You can’t control it. You just hope to be rolling when something memorable happens. And Biker Fox has a tendency to perform in front of a camera. And he’s severely ADHD, so he’s constantly moving. He can’t sit still. The most effective way to show his true character – the character behind the character – was to make the film non-traditionally. So we set up cameras on tripods all over his house and in his shop and encouraged him to videotape himself. I would go to his house multiple times a week and pick up sometimes as many as 40 tapes at a time. He was shooting like crazy. Like video diarrhea.

MS: I’ve been to Tulsa and have observed their “muscle car culture” up close. What is your take on it?
JL: It’s crazy. The real collectors takes it very seriously. A lot of them too seriously. I’ve been to a few swap meets with Biker Fox. One time while looking at a guy’s 1967 GTO I put my hand on the car to look inside and he snapped his fingers and told me to never touch his car again. It doesn’t seem worth it. They spend all their time stressing over door dings and scratches. Seems like wasted energy.

MS: What do you have coming up?
JL: I’m working on a narrative script and producing a documentary called “Dreamland.” Also, Tulsa Overground make its return this August after a 7 year hiatus.

 

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