March 27, 2017

By Kris Parfitt
and PJ Watanabe

Seatpacker 9, 15


Long-distance touring and racing cyclists rejoice! The Seatpacker by Arkel offers a quick-release rack that easily secures and removes a handy under-seat pack. Designed to be compatible with drop-post bikes, the rigid frame design and sleek profile minimizes thigh rub and bag wag. The waterproof outer fabric and sealable interior liner keep your gear, clothing and food dry. With two sizes to choose from, 9 liters and 15 liters, the fabric is sourced in the U.S. and the construction done in Canada, making this bag 100 percent North American made. Retail: 9-liter: $200, 15-liter $220

Timberline Bicycle Helmet

Nutcase Helmets

With a safety goal of making people love wearing their helmet, Nutcase Helmets out of Portland, Oregon are succeeding by making high-quality, comfortable helmets that showcase cool graphics and hip designs. Surrounded by a high-impact resistant shell and inner foam, the Nutcase sports 11 vents to cool the head, reflective highlights for high visibility and a click-in visor to shield against sun glare or rain.

A low-profile, yet reflective spin-dial in the back and removable low-density foam insert liners and quick-release padded chin strap that’s easy to operate with one hand make this functional, practical and cool helmet easy to adjust for a comfortable and safe fit. Shown here with its new Timberline design. Retail: $70

Charlie’s Coat

Charlie’s Coat is the answer to the National Highway and Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation for pedestrian safety, “wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials at night.”

Founded and designed by a Seattle mom who wanted to increase her son’s safety, this highly visible jacket with reflective decals is made of waterproof and breathable fabric. Comfortable and kid-quality durability in neon yellow, green and pink, Charlie’s Coat offers a multitude of bright and fun designs in sizes for kids of any age. Retail: Kids sizes: $65, Adult sizes: $85

SportX TekGrip Clamp Mount


Thanks to the SportX TekGrip Clamp Mount by Xventure, cyclists can stop fiddling with handheld devices and instead steer comfortably and safely with both hands. The SportX TekGrip provides simple “one-click” arm expansion adjusting, with the ability to mount and view in 360 degree horizontal or vertical positioning. The solid clamp keeps your mobile device securely in place allowing you to focus on enjoying the ride. Other applications for the SportX TekGrip Clamp Mount include ATVs, snowmobiles, golf carts and jet skis (water-proof phone case not included). Retail: $30

Grid 13 — Multi-Tool


Weighing less than 6 ounces yet wielding 13 bike-handy tools in one palm-held device, the Grid 13 Multi Tool by Blackburn is a pocket workshop for cyclists. Armed with flathead screwdrivers, hex wrenches, torx drivers, a disc brake pad spreader and a bottle opener, the Grid 13 was designed to be compatible with modern bike components. Comprehensive, compact, lightweight and easy to handle in tight spots, this multi-tool caters to both road, mountain and fat-bike riders. Retail: $20