Strap on your helmet and check your tire pressure—we’ve got all the biking accessories and essentials you need to make Bike to Work Day a daily occurrence.
Bike enthusiasts will love these beauties. Customized by you and built by Big Shot Bikes, these single-speed machines are simple, elegant and reliable. You can customize everything from the style of handlebar to the saddle and pedal color.
Brake for this fun fact: Before the Wright Brothers built planes, they built bicycles out of a small bike repair shop in Dayton, Ohio.
Safety first, then style. What’s a bike helmet without a little flair?
Speaking of style. Wearing a helmet is no excuse to forgo fashionable hair accessories. Keep your hair out of your face with headbands and hair ties you’ll want to wear long after you finish your ride.
Next up: Hydrate. When you bicycle 14 to 15.9 mph, you burn about 58 calories per mile if you weigh 190 pounds, about 47 calories per mile if you’re 155 pounds and about 39 calories per mile if you’re 130 pounds. Exerting this much energy demands that you stay hydrated. And bonus—biking is way more than a heart-healthy, calorie-crushing exercise: According to People for Bikes, women who bike 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer.
And just because you’re biking doesn’t mean you have to give up your morning music or talk radio. Bike and jam safely with Boombotix, a weatherproof portable speaker you can clip right onto your bike and syncs to your phone or tablet.
Lastly, since you’re heading to work, chances are you need to carry a few things like a laptop, lunch, your keys and cell phone. Don’t forget to get a bag that’s easy to bike with.