• 07-25-2012
    adonis_abril
    Most useful accessory or accessories.
    Besides a helmet, what's your most useful accessory or accessories?

    I love my smartphone mount. Gives me easy access to Strava, Google maps bike navigation, Backcountry GPS trail, and best of all Music :)

  • 07-25-2012
    jeffscott
    Gloves....then eye protection
  • 07-25-2012
    mtbxplorer
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    It's hard to think of it in July, but I think my favorite has been my pogies.
    Keep your hands warm with Dogwood Designs pogies made for winter bike riders
  • 07-25-2012
    Harold
    lights. no contest here.
  • 07-25-2012
    muayteg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by natehawk View Post
    lights. No contest here.

    +1!
  • 07-25-2012
    Dummyrunner
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by adonis_abril View Post
    Besides a helmet, what's your most useful accessory or accessories?

    I love my smartphone mount. Gives me easy access to Strava, Google maps bike navigation, Backcountry GPS trail, and best of all Music :)



    I do like the idea of the smartphone mount and thought about getting one for my Lumia 800, but I'm paranoid about coming off and breaking it. Seems too exposed. I'm going with my Camelback. I can get everything I need for a days riding in it if I pack smart, and I can take the bladder out for more room when I'm just riding to work and need to fit my lunch and other bits and pieces.
  • 07-25-2012
    bedwards1000
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    lights. no contest here.

    +2 But I'll add good lights.
    And I guess a seat pack and pump/inflator & patch kit go without saying.
    Not really an accessory but studded tires in the winter rank right up there too.
  • 07-25-2012
    digital_exhaust
    One of these.
  • 07-25-2012
    adonis_abril
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    It's hard to think of it in July, but I think my favorite has been my pogies.
    Keep your hands warm with Dogwood Designs pogies made for winter bike riders

    WoW! Those are some expensive mitts :D
  • 07-25-2012
    adonis_abril
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dummyrunner View Post
    I do like the idea of the smartphone mount and thought about getting one for my Lumia 800, but I'm paranoid about coming off and breaking it. Seems too exposed.

    I had a cheap one I bought off ebay for $4, it broke...this one I'm using haven't failed me yet and I've even taken it to the trails :)
  • 07-25-2012
    newfangled
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by digital_exhaust View Post
    One of these.

    That's awesome. I had no idea that such a thing existed, but now I'll have to be on the lookout (the canadian equivalent of REI doesn't stock them, unfortunately)
  • 07-25-2012
    ghettocruiser
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    lights. no contest here.

    Yes.

    Although if I need them between May and August, I'm working way too late or way too early.

    My only real summer accessory (that I wouldn't use for general riding) is a hi-viz lime rain cover for my pack.
  • 07-25-2012
    BigE610
    my life changed when i bought a decent light.
  • 07-26-2012
    GibsonSG
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by adonis_abril View Post
    I had a cheap one I bought off ebay for $4, it broke...this one I'm using haven't failed me yet and I've even taken it to the trails :)

    I have a Spiderpodium, believe it or not, it will hold your phone with a death grip. $20 on Amazon. I liked it so much I bought a couple more for the cars, they work like a champ. I was pretty skeptical at first, but there are multiple videos on youtube of people just slinging these things around with phones in them, and they hold.
  • 07-26-2012
    quax
    disposable gloves. having a flat in the morning is already bad enough. getting to the office with oily fingers would make it even worse.
  • 07-26-2012
    jrm
    These
    and they dont take up any of the room needed for BEER

    <img src=https://www.backcountry.com/images/items/medium/PAR/PAR0176/ONECOL.jpg>
  • 07-26-2012
    Couch Bike Dude
    Handlebar bag
  • 07-26-2012
    hunter006
    I think I can't settle on one. Here's my top 2:
    A Blink Steady light. You can read about it here.

    I love my Garmin Edge 800. I think the battery life blows, the accessories are fragile and Garmin couldn't write good software to save their lives, but it's probably the one accessory I use all year round that I use semi-religiously. I'm contemplating attaching an Altoids battery charger to the underside of the stem to boost the battery on those longer rides.
  • 07-26-2012
    adonis_abril
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by hunter006 View Post
    I think I can't settle on one. Here's my top 2:
    A Blink Steady light. You can read about it here.

    I love my Garmin Edge 800. I think the battery life blows, the accessories are fragile and Garmin couldn't write good software to save their lives, but it's probably the one accessory I use all year round that I use semi-religiously. I'm contemplating attaching an Altoids battery charger to the underside of the stem to boost the battery on those longer rides.

    That's cool man...I haven't really commuted at night yet, I have a cheapo LED handle bar mounted flash light so far...but as winter approaches I might need to start looking into rear and front lighting solutions....I was looking at the Garmin Edge recently, that's one expensive gadget, lol. I wish they could cram all that software and features into a Smartphone - I hate having several different gadgets....I got rid of all my Garmin GPS unit once they released an app for my smartphone that does the same thing - I use it for multi-day backcountry backpacking trips and doesn't even need data connection, just Satellite.
  • 07-26-2012
    jseko
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by adonis_abril View Post
    That's cool man...I haven't really commuted at night yet, I have a cheapo LED handle bar mounted flash light so far...but as winter approaches I might need to start looking into rear and front lighting solutions....I was looking at the Garmin Edge recently, that's one expensive gadget, lol. I wish they could cram all that software and features into a Smartphone - I hate having several different gadgets....I got rid of all my Garmin GPS unit once they released an app for my smartphone that does the same thing - I use it for multi-day backcountry backpacking trips and doesn't even need data connection, just Satellite.

    I bought one of these lights recently: ****NEW**** ShiningBeam Blaze XM-L T6 Tactical LED Flashlight "Clearance "

    I gotta say that the medium setting is very adequate for night time riding. The high setting is freaking awesome if not a bit over the top. The down side is that you need lithium batteries, about $10-18 ea, and a charger, about $17.
  • 07-29-2012
    AndrwSwitch
    Fenders deserve a mention.
  • 07-29-2012
    phoenixnr
    Garmin edge 650
    And my Camelback mule

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  • 07-29-2012
    campredcloudbikes
    Good lights
    Reflective tape!
    Frame bag
    OMM rack
    homemade pannier/shoulder bag (going strong at close to 5000 miles)

    Really, its a whole dialed system, you can't really separate out which pieces are more important.
    You need to be both safe and able to carry luggage.
  • 07-30-2012
    hunter006
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by campredcloudbikes View Post
    Really, its a whole dialed system, you can't really separate out which pieces are more important.
    You need to be both safe and able to carry luggage.

    Never a truer word spoken. (zip ties, duct tape :D)
  • 07-30-2012
    Squash
    I'll list my top three,

    rear view mirror, lights (good ones that I can see with as well as be seen), and a rack and bag system.

    Good Dirt