Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-14-05, 01:42 PM   #1
s-creek-rider
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 32
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We all love buying accessories and gadgets for our commuter bikes - just wondering what is the coolest or most useful accessory you've ever bought for your bike??
s-creek-rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 01:44 PM   #2
powers2b
Listen to me
 
powers2b's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Lexus Texas
Bikes:
Posts: 2,789
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A cable lock, use it everyday sometimes twice.
powers2b is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 01:48 PM   #3
outdoorboy
ODB to those that know me
 
outdoorboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Little Rock, AR
Bikes: Gary Fisher Tasajara (undergoing a total rebuild), Giant NRS, Giant OCR C3
Posts: 364
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Bento Bag for my mountain bike. It makes me eat more since I see the food whenever I look down.
outdoorboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 01:55 PM   #4
skydive69
Senior Member
 
skydive69's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Seminole, FL
Bikes: Guru Geneo, Specialized Roubaix Pro, Guru chron 'alu, Specialized Sequoia
Posts: 2,258
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by s-creek-rider
We all love buying accessories and gadgets for our commuter bikes - just wondering what is the coolest or most useful accessory you've ever bought for your bike??
FSA K-Wing Handlebars
skydive69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 01:58 PM   #5
billh
Senior Member
 
billh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: St Louis, MO
Bikes:
Posts: 1,254
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A large police-grade pepper spray can and holster because it looks cool on my black bike, like I'm a velocop or something.
billh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 02:02 PM   #6
outdoorboy
ODB to those that know me
 
outdoorboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Little Rock, AR
Bikes: Gary Fisher Tasajara (undergoing a total rebuild), Giant NRS, Giant OCR C3
Posts: 364
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by billh
A large police-grade pepper spray can and holster because it looks cool on my black bike, like I'm a velocop or something.
Sprayed any dogs or bad guys yet?
outdoorboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 02:03 PM   #7
KingFoo
is drunk again
 
KingFoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 91
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
not very cool, but I love my Freddy Fenders -- talk about useful!!

Last edited by KingFoo; 01-14-05 at 02:45 PM.
KingFoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 02:21 PM   #8
darkmother
Get the stick.
 
darkmother's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Toronto, ON
Bikes: 12 Y.O. Litespeed MTB, IRO Jamie Roy fixie, Custom Habanero Ti 'Cross, No name SS MTB, Old school lugged steel track bike (soon)
Posts: 1,543
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Used to have this cool little electric horn that strapped to my bar, and was opperated by a remote bar mounted push button. Ran of a 9V battery, and sounded just like a police whistle. It was loud enough so that you could scare drivers with it, I think 115 dB @ 1m. Man, I miss that thing...don't think they are available any more.
darkmother is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 02:32 PM   #9
elbows
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Boston, MA
Bikes: Masi Speciale Randonneur, Fuji del Ray, Co-Motion Speedster
Posts: 389
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
SRAM chain. I love the powerlink!

Except when I drop half of the link on the floor and it disappears, thus leaving me with no chain right before I leave for work in the morning. Not that this happened today or anything
(Fortunately I had an old chain lying around)
elbows is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 02:34 PM   #10
outdoorboy
ODB to those that know me
 
outdoorboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Little Rock, AR
Bikes: Gary Fisher Tasajara (undergoing a total rebuild), Giant NRS, Giant OCR C3
Posts: 364
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by elbows
SRAM chain. I love the powerlink!

Except when I drop half of the link on the floor and it disappears, thus leaving me with no chain right before I leave for work in the morning. Not that this happened today or anything
(Fortunately I had an old chain lying around)
Cool: I just bought one yesterday and I'm putting it on tonight. (must remember not to drop the link...)
outdoorboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 02:41 PM   #11
jagged
Senior Member
 
jagged's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Arlington, VA
Bikes: Jamis Aurora Elite (2011); Trek 520 (2006); Specialized Globe (2005); Lemond Zurich (2003)
Posts: 158
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
1) Chrome messenger bag

2) Pearl Izumi Balaclava (for cold weather & wind)
jagged is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 02:42 PM   #12
roadfix
hello
 
roadfix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes:
Posts: 18,588
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
Bar-end shifters!
roadfix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 02:43 PM   #13
Dahon.Steve
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: New Jersey
Bikes:
Posts: 6,848
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
My Garmin GPS with built in map software. I can now explore the universe without fear of getting lost.

www.garmin.com
Dahon.Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 02:44 PM   #14
PanPanX
Ride On!!
 
PanPanX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Temple City, CA
Bikes: 2004 OCR3, 1989 Nishiki Sport, 2003 Kona Blast, 2007 Fuji Track
Posts: 467
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
my rack!
PanPanX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 02:49 PM   #15
scottogo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Bikes: Electra Townie 7D
Posts: 3,398
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by PanPanX
my rack!
most unuseful: mIraq
scottogo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 02:54 PM   #16
BostonFixed
Banned.
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 4,418
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My kryptonite u-lock. I bought it last year, and still use it everyday.....
BostonFixed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 02:55 PM   #17
outdoorboy
ODB to those that know me
 
outdoorboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Little Rock, AR
Bikes: Gary Fisher Tasajara (undergoing a total rebuild), Giant NRS, Giant OCR C3
Posts: 364
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BostonFixed
My kryptonite u-lock. I bought it last year, and still use it everyday.....
...and the great thing is if you forgot the key you can just open it with your handy bic pen
outdoorboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 03:03 PM   #18
d2create
Senior Member
 
d2create's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Houston we have a problem
Bikes:
Posts: 2,914
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So far, my topeak bar-end mirrors have been great. They look like regular mtb bar-ends when closed and do a good job when open.

But i guess my Arkel panniers and Chrome messenger bag have proven to be just as useful and are probably my favorite addition.
d2create is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 03:15 PM   #19
jeff williams
I couldn't car less.
 
jeff williams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Bikes: Ritchey P-series prototype, Diamondback, Nishiki Triathelon Pro.
Posts: 4,395
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I commute on a mtb..but I have no 'gadgets'.
My favorite item purchased was ODI hex collar bar grips.
2 screws undone and they are off, and they never slip.

If you run flats or risers, take a look @ them.
When the grips wear, you keep the collars and just buy a replacement grip pad.

http://www.balleracing.com/Odi/OdiLo...ffianBlkBP.htm
jeff williams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 03:30 PM   #20
Ya Tu Sabes
Rebel Thousandaire
 
Ya Tu Sabes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Hartford, CT
Bikes: Public D8, Yuba Mundo (cargo), Novara Buzz (1-speed, soon to be 2-speed w/ a kickback hub), Xootr 1-speed folder
Posts: 733
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wheels. Love 'em. Makes riding much easier.
Ya Tu Sabes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 03:33 PM   #21
timmhaan
more ape than man
 
timmhaan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: nyc
Bikes:
Posts: 8,093
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
my cateye computer is the most useful. also useful is the reflective strap that goes around my ankle. i feel safer everytime i put that on. it's very reflective.
timmhaan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 03:40 PM   #22
Kabloink
Senior Member
 
Kabloink's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Central Texas
Bikes:
Posts: 605
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The two most useful things I have on my bike is the rack and baskets. I know they are not very cool, but they are quite useful when you have a couple bags of goceries to get home or need to carry a change of clothes for work.
Kabloink is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 03:47 PM   #23
KrisPistofferson
Immoderator
 
KrisPistofferson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: POS Tennessee
Bikes: Gary Fisher Simple City 8, Litespeed Obed
Posts: 7,630
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by elbows
SRAM chain. I love the powerlink!

Except when I drop half of the link on the floor and it disappears, thus leaving me with no chain right before I leave for work in the morning. Not that this happened today or anything
(Fortunately I had an old chain lying around)
I got a shimano chain with the Craig masterlink on it, and I'm completely phobic about losing one of the links.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bikeforums
Your rights end where another poster's feelings begin.
KrisPistofferson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 04:26 PM   #24
hi565
By-Tor...or the Snow Dog?
 
hi565's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Ma
Bikes: Bianchi Cross Concept, Flyte Srs-3
Posts: 6,481
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Shimano Ultegra pedals and Pearl Izumi Vagabond road shoe, so much better than speed play frogs.
__________________
----------------------------------------------------------
hi565 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-05, 04:26 PM   #25
Raiyn
I drink your MILKSHAKE
 
Raiyn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Bikes: 2003 Specialized Rockhopper FSR Comp, 1999 Specialized Hardrock Comp FS, 1971 Schwinn Varsity
Posts: 15,061
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by outdoorboy
...and the great thing is if you forgot the key you can just open it with your handy bic pen
Not the new ones.
__________________
Raiyn is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:37 AM.