Car-Free Gear

Car-Free Gear

When purchasing gear for your ride, please try to support your local bike shop when possible. You can always ask the shop to special order any items that they do not typically carry.  If your on a tight budget and decide to order from Amazon…I won’t judge you.

There are many other products out there, so please shop around and find what works best for you. These products are the ones I have experience with and like the way that they perform.



Burley Nomad 

Designed specifically for touring, the Nomad encourages comfortable wanderlust with its large carrying capacity (100 lbs) and weatherproof cover. We have loaded 60 lbs of groceries in this trailer with no problems.

Burley Nomad Trailer

Topeak QR Beam Rack

If you plan on hooking a trailer up to your ride, I suggest adding a Beam Rack over a Tubular Rack. This type of system is great for trips where I need to pick up a few items, but bringing the trailer would be just silly. Plus, with the rack attached to the seat post it keeps all my items easily accessible during the ride. Neither of my bikes have the eyelets to attach a Tubular Rack to the rear wheel, so I do not really have a choice here. Topeak make two type of  beam racks. The RX case load capacity is 15 lbs and the MTX load capacity is 20 lbs.

MTX Beam Rack A Series


Topeak Trunk Bags

You need a bag to go with that shiny new Beam Rack, just make sure the style of bag you pick matches the rack, RX or MTX. If you decide to get a bag with side panniers you will need to buy the Duel Side Frames to add to your rack.

MTX Trunkbag EX


Hand Pumps

HP Hand Pump

The Pocket Rocket Master Blaster from Topeak is a lightweight mini pump designed for road bike use, with an efficient design that pumps to 160 psi.

HP Hand Pump


HV Hand Pump

The Peakini II Mini Pump from Topeak is a lightweight mini pump designed for mountain bike use, with an efficient design that pumps to 90 psi.

HV Hand Pump


Portland Design Works CO2 Pump

The Portland Design Works Magic Flute Pump is a mini pump/CO2 combo that’s constructed from aluminum to keep weight down. You will need one CO2 cartridge for road and two for mountain tire. The mini pump is better suited for HP use.

Portland Magic Flute Co2/Mini Pump


Cycling helmets come in 3 basic styles: sport, road and mountain. All types are designed to protect a rider’s head from impact while being lightweight and comfortable.

  • Sport (multi-use) helmets ($35-$60): An economical choice for recreational, commuter, road and mountain bikers.
  • Road bike helmets ($60-$250): Preferred by road enthusiasts for their low weight, generous ventilation and aerodynamic design.
  • Mountain bike helmets ($35-$200): Designed to ventilate well at low speeds; distinguished by their visors, enhanced rear-head coverage and a firm, secure fit for tackling rough terrain.

Bern Brentwood

The Brentwood is Bern’s most popular bike helmet for men, featuring a removable visor, sunglass channels for fitting your shades and airflow channels to keep you cool. The Brentwood also has the W model for women. The helmets are nearly identical. The only differences between the Brentwood and Brentwood -W is the color choices and size X-Small for the W.

bern W brentwood bern



I recommend two types of light for night riding. The first is a good head lamp for your visibility and the second is a  safety light set to increase visibility for others.

Black Diamond Headlamp

Compact, super-bright headlamp features multiple modes that are customizable to any lighting situation and a lock mode prevents accidental battery drain in your pack or while stored. I like having a head lamp to see wherever I might be looking.

black dimond head lamp


Planet Bike Blinky Safety Light Set

Equipped with one super-bright white LED for the front and a red LED for the back, the safety set provides 220 degrees of visibility in both flashing and steady modes. The Blinky lights clip to just about anything–from handlebars to panniers–comes with handlebar brackets, a seat post mount, and a seat stay mount to get you started. Each Blinky light, which comes with an ultra-compact weatherproof case, runs for up to 100 hours on a single CR2032 watch battery (included).

blinkey saftey light set



Kryptonite Evolution Series 4 U-Lock

This is your main lock. Remember, for a u-lock to be effective the you must lock the u-lock to the frame of the bike and a solid stationary bike rack. If you want to add a cable to secure your wheels that is fine. Just make sure to attach the u-lock to the frame and the bike rack and not the rack and the cable. As far as I know there is not a single cable out there that thieves cannot cut.

Kryptonite Series 4 U-Lock

Kryptonite Evolution Mini-5  U-Lock

This is your secondary lock, if you decided to go this route. You would use this to lock the rear wheel to the frame.

Kryptonite U-Lock Mini-5












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