If you’ve recently purchased your first electric bike, then you may already know how overwhelming the search for the best e-bike accessories can be.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of top-tier additions that are sure to make your e-bike even better.
Here you’ll find a handy guide to some of the best electric bike accessories on the market, including:
- Phone Holders
- Cargo Carriers and Bags
- Alarm Systems
- GPS Trackers
From important safety gear to fun add-ons, we’ll give you the low-down on the best brands and designs for your e-bike accessory needs.
Whether you’re planning on using your new e-bike for your daily commute, camping, or hardcore trail riding, you’ll discover must-have accessories for every kind of rider.
Picking The Perfect Helmet
Before you hop on that brand new e-bike and set out to conquer the streets, it’s important to make sure you’re equipped with a great helmet.
By far the most important electric bike accessory you’ll buy, having the right helmet can help protect you from both accidental spills and distracted drivers.
Which type of helmet you should choose depends a great deal on how fast you plan to travel. If you’re just starting out and plan to keep things below 20 mph, then a standard bicycle safety helmet should do the trick.
We listed out some fashionable and affordable helmets in our “Electric Bike Safety Gear for Fashionable Riders” piece, but we’ll expand upon that further here.If you’ve got a motor capable of cracking things up a bit, however, you should definitely look into either a light motorcycle helmet with DOT approval or a bike helmet that meets NTA 8776 e-bike safety standards. Among our personal favorites are Giro’s Caden MIPS Urban Commuter Helmet.
Not only does it have a rear light for added nighttime visibility, but it’s also equipped with a Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, which offers greater support and protection in case of an impact.
Hold The Phone
If you’d like to keep an eye on your phone while riding, then there are plenty of great accessories that have your back.
Whether you’re expecting an important call, using your GPS navigation system, or tracking your ride on a fitness app, securing your phone to your e-bike should be a snap.
Among the trustiest and most universal phone accessories is Roam’s Co-Pilot Bike Phone Mount. It can securely grip any handlebar up to 1.25 inches in diameter and works with any phone up to 3.5 inches wide.
Best of all, it comes with a lifetime guarantee, so you can get a refund or exchange in case anything goes wrong.Another great choice is Opamoo’s Bike Phone Front Frame Bag, which can easily be attached to most bikes via velcro straps. Your phone rests securely beneath a touch-sensitive see-through TPU film, complete with a hidden hole for earphones.
Underneath, you’ll find a handy waterproof zipper bag where you can store your keys, sunscreen, and other gadgets. For right around $30, it’s a great value for such a handy accessory.
Never Look Over You Shoulder Again
If your electric bike didn’t come with rearview mirrors, then they’re a great option to look into. Fortunately, there are plenty of them on the market in all different shapes and sizes.
German company Busch + Müller makes several great options, including the Cycle Star E model. It not only offers shatterproof protection and a large mirror face, but it can also be mounted either with brackets or handlebar style.They even fold away in case of a collision with a sneaky pole or other inanimate object.
Hafny is another great company that offers plenty of high-quality e-bike mirror options. They’ve got both bar end and handlebar mounting mirrors that offer special perks like anti-glare protection, stainless steel construction, and 360-degree rotation.
While a great set of rear mirrors may seem a little pricey, opting for a quality pair is an investment that will last you years.
There’s nothing worse than feeling like you have to chose the car over your bike simply because you don’t have enough storage space. The easiest way to kick such problems to the curb is to accessorize your electric bike with a few well-placed cargo add-ons.
Buying saddlebags can be a bit trickier if you have a rear-mounted battery rack, but rest assured that there are several great bags that take that into consideration.
If you’re interested in hauling big loads on your e-bike rides, make sure to check out our list of “The Best Electric Cargo Bikes For Every Type of Rider” where we break down the best electric cargo bikes.Bike Smart’s DoubleWide Pannier is a great choice for saddlebag style storage. Made from water-resistant nylon construction, they provide plenty of room for storage and feature reflective accents to help enhance your visibility.
BV also offers a great double bag pannier with shelf straps and adjustable bungee hooks to help ensure a secure hold. Each of the two bags features large roomy compartments for books, laptops, or gear, as well as smaller zip pockets on the front.If you prefer more of a trunk style setup, then be sure to check out Ibera’s PakRak Commuter Bag. It only takes about 3 seconds to attach and has a huge amount of storage space with easy zipper access. It even comes with a taillight hanger for night riding and a detachable shoulder strap so that you can turn your trunk into a shoulder bag.
Finding The Right Lights
If you plan on riding at night (and seriously, who isn’t?), then it’s important to have the right lights to make sure you can see and be seen. Fortunately, there are plenty of lights out there that can get the job done without breaking the bank.
Vont’s LED Scope Light is made from military-grade, weather-resistant materials and features a super-bright adjustable beam. Great for city streets and low-key trails, it’s a killer value for less than $20.For hardcore night trails, then you’ll want to look into getting a light that’s closer to 2000 lumens. That said, if you want to turn night into day and are willing to drop a little cash to do it, then the Monteer 6500 will not disappoint. This bad boy boasts 15 different lighting modes and “can outshine the landing light on a passenger airliner.” Score!
More concerned about safety features? Then Garmin’s Varia RTL510 Radar Tail Light may just be the light for you. This little tail light is equipped with its own radar unit that can detect when a car is approaching you from behind from up to 153 feet.
It will also guarantee that the car in question sees you, with 220-degree illumination that can be seen from up to a mile away.
When you pair it with a Garmin head unit, watch, or pair of eyeglasses, it will give you a solid indicator of how far behind you a car is and how fast it’s approaching, so you never have to take your eyes off the road.
Pedal Into Your Favorite Tunes
Choosing to ride your electric bike no longer has to mean forgoing the audio perks offered by most cars.
These days, you can get Bluetooth enabled audio devices that will pair straight to your phone, allowing you to listen to the radio, your favorite music, or even incoming phone calls.
If you’re looking for a rich, 360-degree sound that can travel anywhere, check out the Boom 2 from Ultimate Ears. Designed to last, this tough little speaker can handle mud, snow, water, or anything else you throw at it.It’s accompanying app offers features like a remote On/Off switch, tab controls, and other customization options. Boom 2’s rechargeable battery lasts for up to 15 hours of continuous play and can pair to two different devices from up to 100 ft.
It’s also capable of playing incoming calls so that you can continue enjoying a hands-free ride.
If you’re looking for something smaller and a little less pricey, then Bose’s SoundLink Micro is a great choice.
This little guy measures in at 1.40 x 3.90 x 3.90 inches and weighs less than a pound, making it an effortless accessory to take on along on any journey.It comes with a tear-resistant strap that easily attaches to whatever part of your bike you prefer and it’s made of rugged, waterproof materials. It pairs with any Bluetooth device from up to 30 ft and will give you 6 hours of playtime between charges.
Its built-in mic also takes phone calls like a boss and for such a small speaker, it boasts an impressively crisp sound.
Keep Your Bike Secure
Let’s face it, an electric bike is not necessarily a cheap investment and it’s definitely one that’s worth protecting.
Though one of the cheapest electric bike accessories on the list, an alarm system is also one of the most valuable in the long-run.
Secure your peace of mind with a remote control security system like the Mengshen Bicycle Alarm. Just attach the alarm to whatever part of your bike you prefer with the included straps or double-sided tape.When you get to your destination, arm it with the included remote control, which is similar to the keypad that you’d use to lock a standard car.
Should a thief make the mistake of attempting to steal your bike, they’ll be in for a very unpleasant surprise.
Upon sensing unsanctioned shakes or vibrations, the alarm will blare out a 113 dB warning that will send the prospective thief running for the hills. It can be adjusted to 7 different levels of sensitivity and can be easily armed and disarmed with the remote from up to 20m away.
If you want to get even stealthier with your security or just want to keep track of your kids when they take out your bike, then a GPS tracking system is a great way to go. Among the hottest upcoming trackers is the See.Sense Air, a Kickstarter funded product which is set to be released in October 2020.
This lightweight device is designed to attach securely to the underside of your seat and only needs a recharge every 3 months or so. When you download the accompanying iOS or Android app, the Air kicks into action, monitoring both how close you are to your bike and where it’s located.If you now pre-order, you’ll even get the first year of service for free. Should your bike be stolen, just contact the authorities and tell them you’ll be able to lead them to its precise location.
Another popular favorite is the Tracki GPS tracker, which comes with a magnet, velcro attachment, and belt clip.
Slip it into your cargo bin or attach it under your seat and you’ll get alerts and GPS monitoring that will keep you up to date on your bike’s location.
The only downsides to the Tracki are that it requires a monthly subscription of $9.99- $19.99 per month and needs to be recharged at least once a month.
But, considering how much money it could save you if your bike was ever stolen, it’s still not a bad investment to consider.
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And be sure to check out our other articles, like “6 of the Best Electric Bikes for Commuting to Work or School“ and “How to Ride an Electric Bike Safely“, for more in-depth info on electric bike accessories and care!