Anyone that’s been to a Critical Mass or other rolling party rides has surely come across some kind of DIY sound system or another based on a car battery and stereo amplifier. Some are more finished than others and they’re not the hardest thing in the world to wire together, but creating a bike stereo from scratch remains out of reach of many if not for assembly skill, time or space to do it. BikeBeatz is an off the shelf bike rack mount stereo using a 240 W amp, a pair of 6 x 9″ car speakers and a lead-acid rechargeable battery to bring the sound to the party via anything with a headphone output. THe wooden box houses a recharger as well — just plug the whole system into a wall outlet to recharge. Expect 6 – 12 hours of output per charge. Available in a couple of different finishes for $300 each.
Sometimes it’s all about style. The Garage 271 Lightning Clunker is for people that grew up on BMX bikes or wished they did. A 26″ BMX cruiser at heart, the full chromoly frame and fork are built for the local trails or indoor bike park with a single rear brake and chrome finish in proper ’80s style. Maybe the double lightning toptube is for you. Asking price is a cool 999€, or $1375.
It used to be that the only technical gear available that actually fit featured full-body psychedelic frog prints. Luckily those days are behind us and there are more choices than ever in cycling clothing that doesn’t make you want to gag. Ornot is a new company making high-end race-cut cycling clothing with minimal branding and a clean aesthetic that isn’t covered in NASCAR logos. Designed in San Francisco and made in Southern California, Ornot isn’t the least expensive option out there but quality, made in the USA goods rarely are.