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I’ve always been a lover of shopping (even grocery shopping!). In fact, a funny story: the first few weeks of my pregnancy I was so tired that my husband took on most of the household grocery shopping. I’m grateful to have a hubby who doesn’t mind doing the food shopping, but last week, I did my first “major” stock up trip to the grocery store, and I was laughing at myself because I was having so much fun cruising down the aisles, checking out all the new stuff and filling up our cart. I realized I hadn’t been on a proper grocery trip in over a month and a half (of course I picked up small things here and there), but it was a nice reminder that it’s the small things, folks!
After the lovely Linda and John at Pedego 101 helped me order my Interceptor, I knew it was time to do some accessorizing! I stopped by one afternoon and Linda helped me walk me through the essentials for my new biking lifestyle. The numbers on this photo correspond with the products below. I recommend you visit a Pedego store in person to see what items they carry, as your Pedego reps can help you pick products that are the best fit for your bike and lifestyle.
1) Sunlite Deluxe Quick Release Rattan Bicycle Basket, Brown
A basket was a must-have for me, as so far my Pedego has been my vehicle of choice for quick grocery trips (not the stock-up kind like I mentioned above!) and runs to the post office. I knew I wanted something that easily popped on and off, and although at first I was entranced by the pretty vintage looking baskets, I liked the look of this one well enough to go for it. I carried it into the grocery store yesterday and it was perfect for getting me through check out and on the way home. Schwing! In the future I may also get some paniers for even more storage options. (I mean, how cute are these?)
2) Delta Holdits Grande Beverage Holder
It’s hip to sip, and if you’re riding your Pedego right, you’re going to be wanting to hydrate. This beverage holder wraps around your bottle, keeping it snug and secure while you’re on the go. It was a simple 5-minute installation with two clamps on either end of the handle bars. Easy!
3) Mirrycle MTB Bar End Mountain Bicycle Mirror
Linda brought me this, and it’s an accessory I didn’t know I needed, but now that I have it I know: you need it! This is perfect for checking behind you to make sure there are no cars creeping dangerously close, and for safety, it’s an excellent addition to your ride. I love how it just fits inside the handle, and is easily adjustable. Again, my bike mechanic (Matthew) fitted this onto my bike in a simple five minute installation. For just $14, this should be an addition to your bike, now.
4) Abus Bordo 85cm Lite Foldable Lock
I splurged on a big Kahuna of a lock, and here’s why. I live in a heavily populated suburban-almost-urban area, and sadly, bike theft is pretty common where I live. (In college, someone stole the seat off my junky old bike. I was so mad, and had to wheel my bike the three miles home.) Because a Pedego is a high-value item, I didn’t want to take any chances with a cheap lock that could easily be snipped. It was also important to me that I have enough “give” in the lock to have room to wrap it around poles, trees, etcetera, and some of the heavy duty locks don’t necessarily have lots of space. This lock is folding, super high tech, and is going to be damn near impossible to clip through. It lives on my bike when it’s not in use, and a key means there’s no lock combo to remember.
5) Nutcase Dots Street Helmet, Medium (Not pictured in photo above, but here ya go!)
I’m kind of a copycat with this one, but I couldn’t resist picking this fun design after seeing my friend Molly rock it. Protecting your noggin’ is one of the most important things you can do while riding a bike (in addition to following traffic laws and being street smart!), so I knew getting a good helmet was non-negotiable. Apparently my head grows and shrinks on different days because at first I didn’t think this fit me well, but with some adjusting of the velcro pads and straps, we got my Nutcase to be absolutely perfect in size for cradling my big ol’ brain. And, I mean, it’s cute. Super cute. Function over form, obviously, but it’s a win win if you get form AND function.
That’s all, folks! Do any of you have similar accessories for your bikes? Any questions? Anything I have to have? I’m off to take a spin now!