Topeak provided me with bike stuff to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
Maybe it’s because I really ramped up my outdoor excursions and adventures last year. Maybe it’s because we got a big snow storm (in APRIL!). Maybe it’s just because cabin fever has reached its height. Whatever the reason, spring is here and I’m ready to get outside and get on my bike, especially with all the cool new bike stuff I recently received from Topeak to try out!
If you thought there was no need for bike accessories, keep reading to find out about some of my favorite bike stuff must-haves!
If there’s one activity that is almost as exciting as the event itself, it’s the getting ready part. Remember how excited you are to be packing your bags before you go on vacation? It makes me almost as happy as the vacation itself! Getting my bike spring-ready is part of the fun. It gets my blood pumping and fuels the anticipation of all my upcoming rides. There’s one company I always go to when I’m looking to upgrade my bike: Topeak! Topeak has everything I need to get my wheels ready to ride!
Must-Have Bike Stuff – Tools
On my last overnight bike ride, my husband and some friends and I peddled about 65 miles. I realized really quickly the importance of having good tools. Ben’s bike broke down literally 5 miles into the start of our second day and we were stuck. Turns out the fix required a trip to the bike shop for a part but I became aware, rather quickly, that being prepared for anything is extremely important. Topeak has fantastic tools, most of them super portable.
The Hexus X has become my new friend. I’ve used it almost every time I’ve gotten my bike out.
An award winning 21 functions multi-tool with updated design to store T15, T25, 8mm hex tool bits and side mounted tire levers securely. Includes self-tightening tool (T25 Torx® bit) and Presta Core Tool to tighten or remove two-piece Presta valve cores. The Hexus X is an excellent choice for both road and mountain bike riders.
You’ll see the Hexus X is just about all my pictures in this post. Number one because it’s so handy to have every tool I need in one product and number two, because it’s small and lightweight enough for me to take it everywhere. I won’t be taking any more bike trips without the proper tools along for the ride!
Click HERE to take a closer look at the Hexus X.
Must-Have Bike Stuff – a Good Pump
After sitting all winter, it’s always a good idea to check the pressure on all your bike tires before heading out for your first ride. We have four active riders in our house and the Topeak Joeblow Pro X pump made light work of getting every bike ready to hit the road.
The aero-shaped barrel and wide steel base provide stability when pumping and the 3” top mounted gauge is easy to read up to 200 psi (14 bar). The large padded handle provides comfort while the extra-long and tangle-free hose can even reach wheels on bikes mounted in a stand. The SmartHead™ DX3 with lower profile air release button automatically adjusts to fit either Presta or Schrader valves and makes getting the right pressure a simple task.
After using the Joeblow Pro X, I realized just how much a piece of junk my last bike pump really was. Ever have that problem when your have to put just as much effort to stand on the pump to keep it from falling over as you do pumping up the actual tire? Yeah, that used to be me with my old pump.
The Joeblow Pro X is sturdy and clearly built for quality. Now my bike pump isn’t falling over while I’m trying to properly inflate my tires. My bike doesn’t have a kickstand so being able to pump up my tires while my bike is on it’s stand is a bonus feature for me. The quick air release button makes it simple to make sure you have the perfect pressure in every tire.
Click HERE to take a closer look at the Joeblow Pro X.
Must-Have Bike Stuff – Safety Lights and Horn
One important rule of riding in spring is to make sure your bike is always equipped with proper lights and horn. Those late summer nights haven’t quite arrived and you never know when you might be biking in the dark.
I also bike on the C&O canal quite a bit and there, having a horn is required and comes in handy pretty often.
Topeak saves me some room on my handlebar with a two-in-one light/horn combination, the SoundLite USB.
With wireless sound controller, integrated design of sight and sound provides dual safety for bike riders. 3 Super Bright LEDs and 75 – 97 dB horn with 4 distinct sounds can be seen and heard by motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Features Wireless Control for sound.
The SoundLite USB was incredibly easy to charge and mount. I have really come to appreciate the mounting systems that Topeak uses. With the SoundLite USB, I’m able to leave the base on my bike, and slide the light/horn off and on with ease.
I traveled some back roads home in the dark just last week and had enough lighting to see the roadway in front of me. The buttons on top of the product make it user friendly and the extra wireless remote is just a new way to spoil the rider by allowing the horn to be used with either the right or left hand. The horn is loud enough for everyone to hear me coming and I look forward to startling many riders and walker on the canal this year (insert the LOL)!
Click HERE to check out the SoundLite USB.
Must-Have Bike Stuff – RideCases
When biking, I use my phone for navigation, listening to music, counting my miles, measuring my speed, and Face Timing my kids. It’s pretty much the one accessory I use most on my bike. Topeak has some user-friendly, easy-mountable RideCases this spring and I was more than excited to take a closer look!
The DX version of the Omni RideCase holds tight and works with almost every smartphone having a 4.5” to 5.5” screen, with or without a case。. High quality, ultra-elastic silicone grippers tenaciously hold your phone for convenient display. The included RideCase Mount rotates for portrait or landscape orientation. The Omni RideCase is compatible with other RideCase QuickClick™ mounts, like the RideCase CarMount or RideCase Armband.
Works with iPhone 6 Plus / 6s Plus / 7 Plus / QuickClick Clip in your iPhone to use as a cycling computer with apps, including the Topeak Panobike app, use it to navigate as a GPS device, listen to music, and much more while riding. The RideCase has a separate protective composite fiber panel which integrates with the high-grade engineering plastic exoskeleton to securely hold your iPhone while on the go. Its unique and full angle adjustable mount allows viewing in landscape or portrait orientation and lets you mount or remove the RideCase in seconds.
I’ve used other phone mounts in the past, most of them used the rubber band mounts. I never knew what I was missing until I used the Topeak RideCase mounts. I attached the mount myself in under 5 minutes using the Hexus X tool.
The QuickClick system, which is the same system Topeak uses for a lot of their other products, keeps my phone secure while riding but also makes it easy to remove my phone when I need to. If you don’t want to mount your phone to the stem, you can also choose to mount it on your handlebars. I love that I can have my phone and all of it’s features right in front of me.
My iPhone works better with the RideCase (I recommend this for all iPhone users) than the Omni because the OmniCase bands cover up a portion of my home screen button. The Omni is still a great universal case and mount though with that great QuickClick mounting feature.
If you are looking for a FREE bike training App (available for both Android and Apple phones), I highly recommend checking out Topeak PanoBike +. I use it now every time I ride!
Must-Have Bike Stuff – Bicycle Storage
This time of year it’s raining one day and sunny the next. Getting your bike Spring ready means storing it in such a way that it’s easy to take out and put away in between rides. I can’t really put into words just how much I love the Dual-Touch Bike Stand because it surpassed all my expectations. As my husband and I were assembling it he kept saying over and over, “No really, this is too easy!”
An elegant solution for storing your bikes. Looks great in the house or the garage. Includes two bike mounts. Holds up to four with optional mounts.
Installing the post of the mount was as easy as raising the post and placing it right under the stud, then simply step on the pedal to secure the post in place. This step took us a whopping 2 minutes.
From there the steps were as simple as putting together two mounts to hold our bikes. We used the Hexus X again which made the job a snap. Both the mounts and hooks are adjustable which aid in fitting your bikes properly in the space you have.
We’ll be moving into a new house this spring or summer but for now we are packed pretty tightly into a townhouse. Right now the only space we have for storage is our basement. The Dual-Touch Bike Stand was without a doubt the best solution for our home!
Once we get settled in our new home, we will be updating our garage or basement with Dual-Touch Bike Stands to hold all our bikes in between rides. There’s just no better or easier solution for organizing a space while at the same time keeping your bike stored safely.
Click HERE to check out the Dual-Touch Bike Stand.
The feeling of the pavement and dirt under my tires is exhilarating. Just because springtime doesn’t always corporate with my biking plans, doesn’t mean I’m going to let the time slip away or let the rain get me down. Days where I can’t get out and enjoy the ride are just days I can spend prepping myself and my bike for the next adventure. No matter what I need to make my ride successful, whether it’s before, during, or after the adventure, Topeak has the solution!