Best bike accessories 2019

Whether it's sunny, rainy, light or dark there's a wealth of bike accessories to make your cycling safer and easier. We round up some of the best gadgets that can enhance your ride.

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Garmin Edge 820

The Edge 820 is a superb bike satnav. It will calculate a cycle-friendly route to a destination - or you can plan your own route - and get turn-by-turn directions while you're cycling. It also works as an advanced bike computer, displaying and recording all your stats as you ride and will also show you an elevation profile so you can see whether it's uphill or downhill ahead.

It's compatible with a range of ANT+ accessories, including heart-rate monitor, speed and cadence sensor and Garmin's new range of bike lights and heads-up display (see next slide). There's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi so you can sync routes and ride stats to your phone, and also get call alerts and text messages on the Edge's screen. 

The screen is much better than earlier Edge models and is very easy to see when the sun is shining on it. The touchscreen also works if you're wearing gloves, and in the rain.

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The Edge 820 is a superb bike satnav. It will calculate a cycle-friendly route to a destination - or you can plan your own route - and get turn-by-turn directions while you're cycling. It also works as an advanced bike computer, displaying and recording all your stats as you ride and will also show you an elevation profile so you can see whether it's uphill or downhill ahead.

It's compatible with a range of ANT+ accessories, including heart-rate monitor, speed and cadence sensor and Garmin's new range of bike lights and heads-up display (see next slide). There's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi so you can sync routes and ride stats to your phone, and also get call alerts and text messages on the Edge's screen. 

The screen is much better than earlier Edge models and is very easy to see when the sun is shining on it. The touchscreen also works if you're wearing gloves, and in the rain.

Ass Saver

There are loads of mudguards, but a Ass Saver is a cheap and simple way to avoid a wet bottom. Made from flexible plastic, you can keep it in your bag until it's needed. Then it simply clips onto any standard saddle rails and catches any water flicked up by your rear wheel. Genius.

Dog & Bone LockSmart mini

Still use a key to lock up your bike? Pah, that's so 2017. These days the cool kids are using Bluetooth padlocks like the Locksmart mini. Using a phone app might not seem particularly convenient compared to a key, but chances are you're more likely to forget your keys than your phone, so it could turn out to be more convenient if you're the sort which does regularly lock yourself out of the house. No PIN is needed either, just an iPhone or Android with Bluetooth 4.

The lock is weather-proof and the batteries are rechargeable and last for a claimed two years between charges. You'll still need a chain of course, as this is a small padlock for locking the chain around a bike rack.

If you prefer a traditional key lock (and frankly we'd understand if you were reticent to use a Bluetooth lock) then we've rounded up the best traditional bike locks.

Read our full Locksmart Mini review

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CYCL WingLights

Sticking your arm out to signal you're turning can be dangerous, whether because you're not a confident rider or because of a tricky road junction that forces you to keep both hands on the bars.

The answer is WingLights, which are essentially car indicators for your bike. They come in a few versions now, the latest of which is V3. There are two main types: a fixed set that stays on the bike and a more expensive magnetic set which has strong magnetic fittings so you can remove them when you lock up your bike. 

They flash at the same rate as a car and have two LEDs opposite each other: you can mount them so they're visible front and rear or top and bottom. A push button on the end makes it easy to turn them on and off, even with gloves on. (There's also a new 360° set which is more expensive still, but has better visibility.)

They're not as bright as car indicators, but are very easy to see at dusk or at night, which is when you'll most need drivers - and pedestrians - to see them.

They attach using a friction fit inside your handle bars, so may well require you to chop off the ends of your rubber handle grips.

PNY Expand Bike Mount for Smartphone

Since your phone already has GPS, it's a cheap way to get a bike satnav. PNY's Expand Bike Mount offers a sturdy, safe way to clamp your phone to your handlebars. 

As well as the usual spring clamp that holds the sides of your phone, there are four elastic bands which hook over the four corners of your phone. They stretch a lot, so can even accommodate a larger phone in a case. 

The opposing threads in the clamp that attaches the mount to your handlebars mean it's quick to remove and install it on your bike, and the phone clamp is detachable from the bike clamp if you don't want to remove it entirely from your bike.

Garmin Varia Vision In-Sight Display

This heads-up display works with a compatible Garmin Edge computer (not with a smartphone, sadly) to beam turn directions and a wealth of other information directly into your eye. 

It's quite bulky and heavy, and does somewhat block your vision in one eye as it's not transparent like Google Glass but once you're used to it, it's genuinely useful. As with the Edge computer itself, you can decide exactly what information you want to see, and it can automatically scroll between information screens so you don't have to use the touch-sensitive 'scroll pad' on the side. 

It comes with two quick-release mounts so you can wear it on two different pairs of sunglasses, but it's not well suited to wireframe glasses. 

Battery life is excellent, but the price is the main downfall: it's virtually as expensive as the Edge computer on which it relies.

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Wahoo TICKR Heart Rate Monitor for iPhone & Android

If you're training to get fit for a long ride, a heart-rate monitor will allow you to see in realtime whether you're pushing hard enough - or too hard. The Tickr works with your phone via Bluetooth, or with a bike GPS that uses the ANT+ standard (such as Garmin's Edge range).

You can use the companion app to see your current heartrate, so this gadget is well paired with a phone mount such as PNY's Expand.

Hovding Airbag

If you prefer the rush of wind in your hair to a claustrophobic bike helmet, then Hovding is for you. It's basically an airbag for road cyclists. 

You wear a collar around your neck and sensors monitor for abnormal movement. If they determine you're about to fall off, they'll activate the airbag which shoots up and inflates around your head. Hovding reckons it offers 8x better protection than a traditional helmet, but then again it should at about 8x the price of an average helmet in Halfords.

There is a snag: once deployed, it cannot be reset, so you'll have to buy another one, albeit at a discounted rate. And you can't use it off-road: it's strictly for road and commuting use.

Y&S Wireless Bike computer

While you could spend hundreds on a GPS computer which will direct your around your route (well worth the money if you can afford it) you can equally get some useful stats from a computer costing less than £10 / $15.

This one is wireless, so installation is neat and pretty easy. Once set up for your wheel size it will display your speed, but also a trip distance, average speed and a backlight. It comes with batteries and a fitting kit, so you can't ask for more for this price.

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Bikehut 30pc Tool Kit

It can cost a lot to keep a bike in tip-top condition, but if you can handle a spanner, you can easily keep your bike maintained at home. Some jobs need special tools, and that's where a dedicated bike toolkit comes in. This 30-piece kit is the biggest on offer from Bikehut and is good value considering what's included.

You can't expect top-end quality at this price, but the lifetime guarantee offers some peace of mind. You'll find specific tools for removing bottom brackets, including Shimano Hollowtech II, as well as the necessary crank extractor tool, plus rear two cassette removal tools. 

There's no guarantee that these will fit your particular bike, but they cater for the most common sizes and setups.

Bikehut Repair Stand

Keeping your bike maintained isn't difficult if you have the right tools. But even with a great toolkit, you don't want to be stooping and hurting your back because everything is so low down. 

That's why a bike stand is essential, and Bikehut's folding stand is a great example. It's much sturdier than you'd expect, but doesn't take up loads of space when you're not using it.

The clamp is easy to work and won't scratch your bike's frame. There's a useful tray for tools, nuts and other small items you don't want to lose.

It will hold bikes up to 25kg, which covers virtually all of them, and the telescoping stand adjusts from about 1m to 1.6m tall.

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