10 Must-Have Gadgets for Serious Cyclists | PedalChef

Key Takeaways

  • Cycling tech enhances performance and safety.
  • Essential gadgets include GPS, light sets, and smart trainers.
  • Superior equipment supports goal tracking and training.

Cyclists, ever wondered how you can step up your riding game?

Well, you're in luck!

With the latest gadgets, your cycling experience can be smarter, safer, and more enjoyable.

Gadgets like GPS computers, power meters, and smart trainers repurpose every pedal into performance data.

Cycling isn't just about the bike anymore; it's about the advancements that make your time in the saddle efficient, safe, and full of new possibilities.

Whether you're training for a race or simply love hitting the road, these tools bring a blend of tech and innovation to your handlebars, helping you to track, analyze, and improve every aspect of your cycling.

Trust us, these gadgets are game-changers.



Garmin Edge 530

Have you heard about the Garmin Edge 530?

It's like that reliable buddy who knows all the cool spots and keeps track of all your wild adventures.

Seriously, if you're all about cycling, you're going to want this gadget on your handlebars.

Let's dive into the screen details — the Edge 530 rocks a 2.5-inch non-touchscreen display.

While some may swoon over touchscreens, trust me, non-touch means you can navigate through menus with sweaty fingers or gloves, no problem!

Now, I know what you're thinking: "What about maps and navigation?" Well, although it may not have a touchscreen like its cousin the Bryton 750, the Edge 530 doesn't skimp on navigation.

It still gives you the good stuff, like detailed maps, so you won't end up doing accidental off-trail exploration.

Performance-wise, this gadget is a powerhouse:

  • Speed and Distance Tracking: Yes, the basics are here.
  • Advanced Analytics: Think VO2 max estimation and recovery advice — perfect for fine-tuning your training.
  • Cycling Dynamics: Get a closer look at your pedal stroke to up your efficiency.
  • Trail Integration: Hello, Trailforks app! Trail riders, rejoice!

And durability?

This isn't a once-a-week kind of friend.

Even after months of daily use, users report it stands up to the demands of professional cyclists and weekend warriors alike.

Personalization is the name of the game here.

Set it up to display your stats, your way, and make your ride uniquely yours.

With a similar battery life and price point to other models in its class, the Edge 530 holds its own.

So, if you love the stats, and you're into a gadget that can keep up with your rides, day in and day out, looks like the Garmin Edge 530 might just be your new cycling companion!

Stages Power L Power Meter

Have you ever wondered how much power you're actually pushing on those pedals?

Enter the world of precise training with the Stages Power L Power Meter.

This nifty gadget is a left-side crank arm power meter that simply screams efficiency and accuracy.

Why choose Stages Power L?

For starters, it's super reliable, giving you power measurements with an accuracy of ± 1.5%.

You're getting the hard facts about your effort, with no fluff.

Plus, it only adds a mere 15 grams to your crank arm—almost like it’s not even there!

And let's talk about battery life: you've got over 200 hours of pedal-pushing before you need to swap out the cell.

  • Compatibility: It plays nice with all Shimano Hollowtech II road drivetrains.
  • Installation: It's breeze. You'll be up and measuring your watts in no time!
  • Data: Get consistent readings that help you train smarter, not harder.

The Stages Power L isn't just about numbers; it's about transforming the way you ride.

It's like having a personal coach on every climb, sprint, and century ride.

You're not just cycling; you're unlocking a new level of your potential.

Break it down for me:

  • Accuracy: ± 1.5%
  • Added Weight: 15g
  • Battery Life: 200+ hours
  • Price: Starts at $399

When you're serious about cycling, knowledge is power—literally.

With the Stages Power L, you're getting a front-row seat to your very own power show.

So, are you ready to give your training a serious upgrade?

Wahoo KICKR Smart Trainer

Have you heard about the Wahoo KICKR Smart Trainer?

It's like the Swiss Army knife for cyclists who are serious about training indoors.

Let's break down why this piece of technology could be your new best friend on wheels—minus the actual wheels, of course!

Why is the Wahoo KICKR a game-changer?

Let's count the ways:

  • Realism: You want to feel like you're on the road, even when you're not, right? The KICKR's got AXIS feet that allow up to 5 degrees of side-to-side tilt. It's like it knows when you're swaying and responds just like the road would.
  • Connectivity: With this smart trainer, you're not just pedaling into the void. It pairs beautifully with apps, letting you tackle virtual mountains and valleys while you're actually in your living room.

Ease of use: Trust me, no one wants to spend hours setting up.

But with the KICKR, you're just a few clicks away from starting.

Its app-based setup is famously user-friendly.

Portability: Let's say you want to train at a friend's house.

The KICKR won't make you regret that decision.

It's got a carry handle for easy transport and won't take up all your space with its modest form factor.


  • AXIS feet for dynamic movement
  • App-based setup
  • Carry handle for portability
  • Compatible with numerous training apps

Remember, cycling is about the joy of the ride as much as the burn in your legs.

The KICKR supports your journey, providing consistent, weather-proof training sessions.

So, are you ready to step up your indoor cycling game with the Wahoo KICKR Smart Trainer?

Bontrager Ion 200 RT/Flare RT Light Set

Have you ever worried about being invisible on the road during those early morning or evening rides?

Worry no more!

The Bontrager Ion 200 RT/Flare RT Light Set is just what you need to light up your path and make sure you’re seen by others.

What's in the box?

Let’s break it down:

  • Ion 200 RT: This light packs a punch with 200 lumens of visibility, ensuring you’re visible day or night.
  • Flare RT: Paired with the Ion 200 RT, it provides essential backlighting with 90 lumens.

Why is it a great choice?

  • High-power CREE LED bulbs beam out that brilliant light we're talking about.
  • An integrated light sensor adjusts brightness automatically—smart, right?!
  • You'll get up to 14.5 hours of run time on the Ion 200 RT and up to 4.5 hours on the Flare RT, so it's good for the long haul.

But wait, there’s more:

  • Easily sync with Garmin® and Bontrager ANT+ for wireless control. Your stats at a glance? Yes, please!
  • Mounting is a piece of cake to your handlebars, helmet, or bike mount.
  • Visibility is key: the Flare RT is visible from a staggering 2 km away!

Don't let the size fool you; these lights are made for the serious cyclist.

You’ll be turning heads with more than just your pedal power.

Great visibility, long battery life, and smart features all rolled into one.

So why wait?

Illuminate your ride and stay safe out there!

Garmin Forerunner 945

Have you ever wondered how to enhance your cycling experience with a gadget that doesn't just track your ride but becomes a part of it?

Meet the Garmin Forerunner 945.

As a serious cyclist, it's essential for you to have data that helps you train smarter, right?

The Forerunner 945 is packed with advanced training features to do just that.

You get training status updates that help you see if you're undertraining or overdoing it, and training load balance to track your exercise volume over the last 7 days.

It compares the optimal range for your fitness and recent training history.

Ever been on a long ride and your device dies?

Not with this watch.

The Forerunner 945 boasts a battery life that lasts up to 7 days in smartwatch mode, and if you're using the GPS, you're covered for up to 36 hours.

That's a lot of ground you can cover without the need for a recharge.

But let's talk about the 'fun' part.

Yes, your music and payments!

The 945 doesn't hold back.

You can store your tunes right on the watch, and with contactless payments, quick stops for water or a bite are a breeze.

Now, what about the 'smart' side of the smartwatch?

In addition to its multi-sport capabilities (because you might like swimming or running too), the Forerunner 945 keeps you connected with smart notifications and even offers safety features like incident detection.

And if you're thinking about aesthetics, well, the Forerunner 945 might not have the luxury finish of some other high-end models, but it's designed with athleticism in mind.

Practical, lean, and robust — just like the best of cyclists.

So, what do you say?

Ready to gear up with a companion that matches your passion for the pedal?

Crankbrothers M19 Multi-Tool

Ever found yourself on a trail and in need of a quick fix?

Meet the Crankbrothers M19 Multi-Tool, a cyclist's sidekick that's just as sturdy as it is handy.

Packing 19 essential tools in a slim profile, it fits snugly in your pocket or pack without weighing you down.

Curious about the nitty-gritty?

The M19's body flaunts a 6061-T6 aluminum frame, giving it a robust structure without the extra heft.

Despite its light frame, the toolset within is anything but flimsy, comprised of 6150 high tensile steel.

You get durability and longevity, which means you're investing in a companion that'll stick around for the long haul.

Dimensions and weight matter when you're racing against the wind.

This little beast measures up at 89mm long, 45mm wide, and folds down to a mere 20mm thick.

At approximately 173 grams, it's not the featherweight champ of multi-tools, but what's an extra gram or two when it comes to reliability?


You'll be prepared for almost anything the trail throws your way.

The M19 includes:

  • A range of hex wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • A torx tool (essential for modern bikes)
  • Spoke keys

And guess what?

It's so user-friendly that even with gloves on, you can maintain a sure grip, thanks to those thoughtfully designed side grips.

Sitting at about $36.99 USD, the value you get is impressive.

Now, you've got the lowdown.

When it's time to choose your trusty trail companion, keep the Crankbrothers M19 Multi-Tool in your sights.

It's poised to become as essential to your rides as your helmet and water bottle.

Lumos Ultra Fly Helmet

Hey there, cyclist friend!

Looking for a helmet that's a breeze to wear and keeps you beaming on the road?

Look no further than the Lumos Ultra Fly Helmet.

Now, you're probably wheelie excited to hear about the nitty-gritty, so let's dive in!

Starting off light, the Ultra Fly tips the scales at just under 250g.

That’s less than a small bag of coffee beans on your noggin!

If safety at night is what you're after, adding a Firefly light bumps the weight to only 280g.

Not bad, right?

Now, let's chat lights.

The integrated Lumos Firefly Light isn't just some fancy schmancy add-on; it's your ticket to being spotted from a galaxy far, far away... or just by that car behind you.

It's all about making every ride from dusk till dawn safer.

Plus, the Ultra Fly syncs with this light seamlessly for visibility that keeps you glowing like a... well, firefly!

And because we're serious cyclists, we're serious about comfort.

The helmet's OptiGrip feature is perfect for keeping your shades in place, even if the road is bumpier than a popcorn ceiling.

Curious about tech specs?

The Ultra Fly Pro variant includes MIPS technology—a brain-saving feature that reduces the impact of rotational motion.

A worthy upgrade, if I may say so!

To wrap it up, here's what you need to know:

  • Weight: Standard < 250g, with Firefly Light ~ 280g
  • Size: M/L (55-61cm)
  • Colors: A rainbow of options like Shadow Black, and Razor Grey
  • Extra: MIPS technology for the safety-conscious rider
  • Price: Standard Ultra Fly Pro at $119.95; MIPS version for a bit more at $149.95

So, got your heart set on a helmet that has brains, beauty, and built-in bling?

The Lumos Ultra Fly has got your back... or, well, your head!

Quad Lock Bike Mount

Ever found yourself worrying about your smartphone while pedaling through the streets or trails?

Let’s put those fears to rest!

The Quad Lock Bike Mount might just be your new ride companion, answering the call of duty for both on-road aerodynamics and off-road stability.

Wondering how it fits your bike?

It’s versatile!

Coming with spacers for handlebar sizes 22mm, 25.4mm, and suits 31.8mm bars right out of the box.

The build quality?

It’s nothing short of reliable, with a sturdy anodised CNC aluminium arm and stainless steel hardware—designed to endure the rough and tumble of riding.

Here’s the scoop on mounting:

  • Simple Installation: A provided Hex (Allen) key has you set up in no time.
  • Dual-Stage Lock: Your phone clicks in securely and is just as easy to release.
  • Optimal Viewing: Places your phone out front—ideal for quick glances with minimal distraction.
  • Aerodynamics: Its extended arm and lower position reduce drag—a nod to the speed enthusiasts!

Now, let’s talk about your phone's safety.

Ever hit a rough patch and held your breath, hoping your phone would stay put?

Users report the Quad Lock mount hangs onto their devices without a hitch on both mountain and gravel bikes, even after years of use.

Sound like a pro accessory?

It's because it is!

Whether you're a fan of the pioneering simplicity or the robust security your smartphone deserves, this gadget seems like a no-brainer.

Ready to revamp your ride?

Keep your phone in the loop and your eyes on the road — the Quad Lock Bike Mount is here to support your cycling journey!

Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-Lock

Ever worried about leaving your trusty ride on the city streets?

With the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-Lock, you can kiss those fears goodbye.

This powerhouse of security is rated a perfect 10 out of 10 on the Kryptonite scale, meaning you're getting the crème de la crème of bike protection.

  • Thickness: 18 mm of hardened max performance steel shackle
  • Anti-Theft: Double deadbolt design
  • Resistance: Bolt cutters and leverage attacks stand no chance
  • Cover: Steel sleeve for added security

Imagine parking your bike with the peace of mind that comes from a lock resistant to bolt cutters and leverage attacks!

And hey, if you're prone to losing keys or wearing them out, no sweat—you can register for the Key Safe Program for easy replacements.

Let's not overlook the $5,000 bicycle protection offer to make you feel even safer.

Curious if it's hefty?

You bet it is!

But that weight is a testament to its promise to safeguard your bike.

And despite its strong demeanor, it's surprisingly portable—no need for a workout routine just to carry it around.

Now, while expert lock-pickers may find a flaw here and there, the odds of them targeting your bike are slimmer than finding a penny on a busy sidewalk.

To sum it up, if you're serious about cycling and even more serious about keeping your bike safe, this lock is your new best friend.

It's not just a lock; it's a statement to all potential thieves: "Fahgettaboudit!"

CamelBak M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack

Ever been on a trail, wishing you had more water without the nuisance of constant stops to refill?

Let’s talk hydration.

Specifically, the CamelBak M.U.L.E. hydration pack.

Now, don't you think it's clever how "M.U.L.E." stands for Mountain Utility Lift Equipment?

It's like having your own personal water mule, minus the braying!

With a 100 oz (3 liters) capacity, this hydration pack is a favorite among mountain bikers.

It's not just any pack, you know.

CamelBak's sleek design focuses on comfort and durability.

The all-weather updates mean you won't fret over a few raindrops spoiling your adventure.

Your gear stays snug and dry.

  • Capacity: 100 oz (3L)
  • Ideal For: MTB, hiking, endurance sports
  • Updated Features: Storm-ready fabric, cooling zones, body-fit adjustments

Are you worried about the fit?

CamelBak has a model that's specifically tailored, with a Women’s M.U.L.E. that targets cooling zones and has an S-curved shoulder harness to fit narrower frames comfortably.

For the gents, the update comes with minor body modifications designed to stick with you over the hills and through the rough patches.

Got a techy side?

The M.U.L.E. Commute 22 variant boasts a weatherproof laptop sleeve, perfect for urban adventurers who like to dash from street to summit.

Need some organized space?

The Command Center™ Harness pockets keep your smaller items accessible and secure, all while maintaining a fresh airflow with the Air Support™ Back Panel.

What’s inside?

  • Hydration System: CamelBak's Crux system for efficient water delivery
  • Ease of Drinking: Tested for better sipping experience
  • Weatherproofing: For gear protection
  • Accessibility: Easy access pockets and harness

Remember, staying hydrated doesn't mean lugging around bulky gear.

CamelBak M.U.L.E. packs are your ally in making sure the focus stays on the thrill of the ride while taking care of the essentials.

Ready to hit the trails with your trusty 'mule' by your side?