Commuting on an electric bike is a great alternative to driving or using public transport, which can often be unreliable. But while riding an e-bike can save you money in the long run, worrying about car traffic and not having enough space to cart around your essentials aren’t exactly what most people would consider advantages.
Lucky for e-bike riders and Christmas gift givers, there are many accessories that can make owning an electric bike a much better experience. From extra safety gear to more luxurious add-ons like Bluetooth speakers and bags, there’s an e-bike bonus for everyone on this list.
With the Convertible 2.0 from Two Wheel Gear, you don’t have to choose between a backpack or a pannier (or constantly moving your gear between the two). This bag connects and disconnects seamlessly from an e-bike and the backpack straps can be tucked away when travelling.
And with a padded 15″ laptop sleeve, bottle pockets, a U-lock strap, dedicated pockets for your phone and sunnies, you don’t have to worry about leaving anything behind.
These premium panniers are designed to carry everything you need for a long journey. The roll-top access points are designed to repel water and block dust, and the quick-mount system is super easy to use. The Back Roller Plus bags have an impressive 20L capacity – if you can’t fit it here, you probably won’t need it on your trip. There are also 3M Scotchlite reflectors on either side of each pocket to increase visibility.
If you like the look of these bags but don’t need the pair, you can also buy them individually for commuting or recreational riding.
GoPro’s latest action camera is a great way to record your e-bike rides for fun and to protect yourself. It can record 5.3K video at 60 fps with advanced HyperSmooth 5.0 video stabilization and capture 27.13-megapixel photos. This compact camera is compatible with most GoPro accessories, so you can grab a helmet or handlebar mount and go riding.
Videos can also be automatically uploaded to the cloud while driving (via a hotspot, of course) in case you need video evidence after an accident.
The Lumos Matrix smart helmet offers safety with a touch of sci-fi style. The front and back lights reach 1,000 lumens for a significant improvement in visibility, and the back can be customized via an app to show traffic signals and other fun icons. A single charge of the helmet should last around 10 hours. If you really want to step on the gas on your e-bike and pretend you’re there Tronthis is the helmet you need.
Electric bikes must come with built-in lights, but it never hurts to increase the lighting quality for safety (in fact, we would recommend it). This compact, high-performance lighting kit increases visibility on the road well beyond the average built-in. There is also an intermittent flashing pattern mode designed to draw the driver’s attention, even in busy areas with many different light sources.
Even if you have a super comfortable ride, certain roads can still get a little too bumpy once you get up to speed. The Thudbuster ST is Cane Creek’s latest and greatest suspension seatpost, engineered to crush any rough terrain. The seat post counteracts and absorbs bumps in the road so you don’t have to.
Check the specs to ensure this product is compatible with your bike. If it doesn’t, there are adapters available to make it work properly. There is also a tool-free adjustable version for the less mechanically gifted.
Don’t risk having anything in your pocket when you’re out on your e-bike – if something hits the pavement, you might not even notice it until it’s too late. This simple, waterproof handlebar bag from Rockbros offers space for wallet, keys and other small accessories at the front. The clear phone case compartment allows you to continue using your phone for navigation while keeping it safe.
It only takes one distracted driver to turn an easy ride into a bad day. Make sure everyone knows you’re on the road with this 118 decibel motorcycle-style horn. This is a must-have accessory for anyone riding a bike on busy streets.
As a bonus, this horn also doubles as an alarm. Set it up like you’re locking a car, and anyone who messes up your drive will get an awkward greeting so they know to back off.
There’s no reason car owners should have all the tunes. The Soundlink Micro is one of the best outdoor Bluetooth speakers and a great bike companion for long hikes or the daily commute. It’s a lot louder than it looks, is designed to survive all the knocks and bruises that come with cycling, and is IP67 water and dust resistant. The tear-resistant strap makes it a breeze to attach to your handlebars, or it’s small enough to store in a handlebar bag.
Tools don’t make the sexiest gift, but any electric bike owner will thank you when it comes time for a service. From wrenches and allen wrenches to tire repair patches and a bike chain whip, this kit includes everything e-bike owners need for daily maintenance, upgrades and repairs.