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Cycling with or without tech is fun, no doubt, but there are now so many amazing cycling gadgets readily available that have been specifically designed to help you become a better cyclist & to ultimately help you squeeze even more fun out of your rides.
It’s therefore (in our opinion) time to embrace the tech, even if you’re a technophobe.
And in this blog post, our aim is to help you to do exactly that. In this post, we’re going to be listing what we believe to be the best (reasonably priced) cycling tech for 2020.
So if you feel you’re ready to embrace the tech, keep on reading to discover the best gadgets.
1. LIVALL Smart Cycling Helmet
Starting with one of our personal favourites, it’s the LIVALL smart cycling helmet – a helmet that is not only “smart” in terms of its capabilities, but also in terms of its looks.
The helmet comes into a handful of versions, with the most popular model appearing to be the MT1 (the MTB style version with removable peak – pictured).
Alongside the MTB-orientated version, there’s also a roadie version & a handful of skid-lid style alternatives too.
But what exactly makes it so special?
Well, the most obvious feature is the fact that the rear of the helmet features LED lights to help you be seen when you’re out on the road or the trail. Some models even feature turn signals, too, so that you can notify others around you when you intend on changing direction.
And on top of that, the helmet also provides you with the ability to listen to music via Bluetooth which gets played out through its small, neatly placed loudspeakers.
This, in our opinion, is a fantastic feature because it loses the need for earphones, allowing you to listen to music whilst still being perfectly able to hear all of the sounds around you.
But that’s not all – some of the LIVALL helmets also come with an “SOS alert” function. They’ll automatically detect if you have a fall & send a message to your chosen contact containing your GPS location on your behalf.
2. Garmin Varia 2 Radar Tail Light
The Garmin Varia range of lights is a truly epic range of cycling lights, taking smart cycling lighting to a whole new level. Admittedly they’re not the cheapest of lights, but they do indeed pack a punch for their money… Especially the Varia 2.
The Garmin Varia 2 is USB rechargeable & lasts up to 15 hours on a single charge. It can also be operated directly from a smartphone or Garmin Edge cycling computer.
But that’s not all, because as the name suggests, the light also has a built-in radar which can detect vehicles approaching from behind.
The radar will throw up a visual warning of the approaching cars on any compatible Garmin Edge cycle computer & it’s also throw out an audible warning too if it detects they get too close.
The idea of this is that it helps prevent you from having to turn around so much (which could potentially throw you off balance or lead to other problems) to become aware of traffic that’s waiting to pass.
3. Rehook Chain Tool
Sometimes the best tech isn’t the most advanced or expensive. Sometimes it’s the opposite… Sometimes the best tech can be the most simple & cheapest of things, like the Rehook chain tool.
Originally featuring on Dragons’ Den, the Rehook chain tool is a nifty little tool that enables to quickly get your chain back on without the messing around, and most importantly, without the mess.
It also comes with a handy little band that enables you to quickly attach the tool to your bike’s frame so that you can easily carry it around without it taking up space in your bag or pockets.
And the newer version, named “Rehook Plus” also comes with a whole host of additional features too, such as tyre levers, wrenches, spoke keys, and so on.
It’s a handy (and in our opinion, must-have) tool.
4. LITELOK Wearable Bike Lock
Yes, at first glance the Litelok may indeed appear to be nothing more than a costly bike lock… But do you know what’s more expensive than an expensive bike lock?
A stolen bike!
And when you dig deeper into the Litelok, you’ll discover that in reality, it’s actually an excellent & worthy investment for anybody that truly cares about their bike.
The Litelok can withstand sustained attack from common theft tools to the highest level, including attacks using bolt cutters, crowbars and hacksaws… And as the name suggests, it’s also extremely light.
In fact, it’s so light that Litelok also offer a wearable version which can be worn around the waist whilst you ride. It features a “lockstopper” to prevent it from locking whilst being worn.
5. Ao Air’s Atmos Air Filtration Mask
Cycling in the open countryside is a dream, but unfortunately, there are many cyclists that aren’t lucky enough to have the privilege of open country roads close to their home.
Instead, they’re forced to cycle in crowed, polluted areas. It’s certainly far from ideal to cycle in such conditions, but thankfully there are now tech solutions promising to offer help.
One of those solutions is the Atmos mask, by Ao Air.
The mask is a rechargeable air filtration mask and can last for up to 5 hours on a single charge. It boasts up to 50x better protection than other leading masks, but most notably, it requires no face seal.
This means that whilst being worn, the mask still allows you to breath freely as if there is no mask there at all, yet still provides you with filtered, cleaner air all the same. Pretty impressive.
The Bottom Line
There’s no denying that there really is some truly impressive cycling tech available in 2020 & so if you’re still finding yourself shying away from it, in our opinion, it’s time to take the plunge.
Not only can the gadgets available help keep you (and your bike) safe, but they really can greatly improve your cycling experience overall.
Have you already tried any of the cycling tech listed above? Have you any suggestions for other “must-have” cycling gadgets? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.