When did owning four wheels become so expensive? Forget the sky-high gas pump prices, the dealership markups, and the new-car shortages, and go all in on two wheels. Biking is a great way to stay active and healthy, run errands around town, and—just as importantly—it’s fun. Right now, a bunch of our favorite ebikes, helmets, cycling apparel, and even escooters are on sale.
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The fat-tire RadRover 6 Plus has been in the WIRED test fleet for a few months now, and it’s performed admirably on rough terrain and steep hills. At 73 pounds, this off-road bike is heavy and difficult to pedal unassisted once you run out of charge in its 45-mile range, but the powerful 750-watt motor and hand throttle will carry you at 20 miles per hour, and its hydraulic braking system provides the power to stop once you need to catch your breath. This is the lowest price we’ve ever tracked.
Enter the code 1WING at checkout to see the discount. The Freedom 2 has strong acceleration, weighs only 39 pounds, and comes with a long list of features, including a built-in headlight and taillight and an integrated antitheft alarm. I reviewed the nearly identical Freedom X (7/10, WIRED Recommends) if you’d like to learn more. This deal also throws in fenders, a throttle, and a location tracking kit (that only works on iPhone) for free with the code.
With a 40-mile range, 20-mph top speed, and 48-pound weight, the CTY e1.1’s specs are acceptable but not spectacular. We haven’t tested it yet, but its hydraulic brakes (for stronger braking) and integrated headlight and taillight are welcome additions at this price. Your local REI will assemble any bike bought at REI, free of charge.
This scooter can go fast (up to 27 miles per hour) thanks to its 500-watt motor, and WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu managed to get 16 miles out of it on a single charge. He’s 6’4” though, so you can probably get closer to 20 miles of range if not more. It’s 57 pounds, so it’s not too easy to tote it around. Apollo says it will be shipping the Pro model in August and the standard City in October (the Pro model can go even faster, is even heavier, and has a slightly better range).
I’ve been testing the Scrambler for a while now and have been pleased with its quality. It’s heavy at 71 pounds, but the powerful 750-watt motor allows it to reach 28 miles per hour, and the bike comes with a hand throttle, 45 miles of range, and mini-offroad-motorcycle looks.
Biking Accessory Deals
Let ’em hear you coming. Whether it’s pedestrians, cars, or other cyclists, people have a tendency to put themselves right in a bike’s path. Give them a friendly little ding ding to bring their heads up. It’s much more polite and nonconfrontational than shouting or, you know, plowing into them.
Nutcase makes some of our favorite bike helmets. They’re stylish and have a proven record for protection. This model comes with a Multidirectional Impact Protection System (MIPS), which reduces the risk of brain injuries from rotational forces on the head during an impact. There are more designs on sale, as well, if this Darth Vader-esque design is not your thing.
Even when you’re riding in the city or on suburban roads lit by street lamps, it’s important to have illumination at night so cars can see you. The NiteRider 500-lumen headlight and 110-lumen taillight are brighter than most lights at this price, and the front light especially should be enough to completely illuminate unlit roads at night.
The Vio (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is more than a helmet. It’s a viable alternative to slapping headlights and taillights on your bike. The 200-lumen forward-facing light isn’t quite enough to light up a pitch-black road, but the 360-degree LED coverage will help other riders and drivers see you. In my review, I note it’s an excellent solution for people who ride multiple bikes, use bike-share programs (which likely won’t have lights installed), or are tired of removing lights every time they leave their bike to avoid getting them stolen. Only select colors are on sale.
Pannier bags are the best way to carry common cargo on your bike. They attach to pannier racks over the bike’s rear wheel and keep the center of gravity low. The problem is that once you hop off your bike, you have to lug them around by the strap. The Bug converts to a backpack, so you can avoid a sweaty back while riding but keep your hands free once you’re off the bike. With an optional padded laptop sleeve, it’ll keep your computer safe from bumps, too.
The men’s sizing is available for the same price. Good liner shorts do more than just pad your rear end, although that’s a big plus when you’re riding frequently or on long trips. They also wick away sweat and prevent chafing. These liner shorts slip on underneath your biking pants or casual pants as a base layer.
This was the easiest bike lock to carry on rides when I was testing bike locks. It features a built-in clip that easily slips over a belt or backpack strap so you don’t have to mount it to your bike frame, and at only 2.4 pounds it won’t weigh you down. Its U lock is 14 millimeters thick, which means it has a fair bit of protection from a thief’s tools.
At only 6 ounces (for a medium), the Helium is a lightweight jacket that’ll keep you dry without smothering you with a bunch of unnecessary insulation. Perfect for warm summer rainstorms. WIRED editor Adrienne So likes the Helium, calling it an affordable classic in her Best Rain Jackets guide. The women’s sizing is available for $127 at another retailer (Backcountry doesn’t have many sizes or much stock).