Cycling is expensive, but it’s important not to skimp on safety. These three companies offer bike gear that’s affordable and will keep you safe while you’re weaving through cars downtown. From helmets to lights to elbow pads, these three bike companies have you covered.

Bern Morrison Helmet

Bern bike gear

Despite the convincing staging at the Bern booth, I was unfortunately peering off into the distance of the next tradeshow booth at Interbike rather than a high desert landscape.

I checked out Bern and got to try out their new Morrison helmet. As someone with a kid, and a budget, I want bike gear I can afford. Also, I don’t want to look ridiculous––I am not void of self-consciousness. That’s why I was excited about the Morrison helmet. With integrated BOA and a zip mold, the Morrison has the same technology as MIPS without the major price tag. BOA technology, most widely known in snowboard boots, cinches with an easy dial, creating a sure tight fit around every head. Even myself, with a larger-than-average cranium, could crank this thing down and feel confident I wouldn’t be losing any brain cells if I slid across train tracks or skid out on some ice.

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Cygolite Metro Pro 1100 Bike Light

illuminated Bike Gear

Affordable, easy-to-use, bright. Cygolite does it right.

What’s worse than riding the streets after work, ducking through alleyways, feeling like a total boss, and then no longer being able to see the pavement in front of you once the sun sets? I know I’m way more accident prone riding downtown when those subtle bumps and cracks blend in. The Cygolite Metro Pro 1100 doesn’t leave safety to chance with its 1100 lumens, 2.5 hours of battery life, and 9 different modes. That means a commute I can see and enjoy. And the added bonus of not having to worry about shooting over the handlebars with every hidden bump and crevice in the pavement.

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G-Form Knee and Elbow Pads

Bike Gear elbow pads

The Dyrt founder Kevin Long, ready to take to the trail.

If you’re looking to take your bike gear to the next level, you’ll probably need more than just a sturdy helmet. These knee and elbow pads from G-Form are full compression sleeves with silicone on the ends to maintain form and hold their place. So when you’re pointing your handlebars towards that gnarly jump, you don’t have to worry about your pads sliding down to your wrists. With UV-50 protection, and material that stiffens upon impact, G-Form made knee and elbow pads with a body-mapped design to move with you. Their low-profile design makes them slip easily under a jacket or jersey, and once you’re done swinging through that muddy single track, you can toss them in the washer.

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