We often hear from our customers that they use their eBike for commuting. It’s a great way to get to work without getting sweaty, and the electric assist makes it easy to carry all your office clothes, papers, laptop, and more.
Here is a list of some of our favorite eBike accessories to help make your commute just that much better.
A good set of panniers can turn your trusty eBike into the perfect hauling machine. Panniers also help get the weight off your back, which reduces neck and shoulder strain, and helps avoid “sweaty back syndrome” during the hot summer months.
Because it’s Portland, one of our favorite sets is the Ortlieb Back Roller Classic. They’re made of waterproof welded tarpaulin with a sturdy 600D polyester construction. The hooks are adjustable and secure, and detach easily when you’re ready to go. We love the dry bag style roll-down closure to keep out that Portland rain, and the reflective accents.
The Topeak Trunk pannier set is made from sturdy 1000 Denier Cordura, with rigid molded panels to keep its shape. What we like about this bag is that it’s expandable – you can use it as a trunk bag, or unzip the side panniers to carry even more! It’s perfect for those unexpected trips to the grocery store on the way home.
Baskets are a really utilitarian addition to your eBike, because you can just toss in your purse, grocery bags, lunch sack, or whatever else. The Topeak Quick Release Front Basket is a nice steel basket with a quick release and handle to carry it with you into the grocery store. It also comes with a waterproof liner that acts as a shopping bag.
For a bit more versatility, we like the Wald 582 Rear Folding Basket. It securely mounts to your rear rack, and folds flat when not in use. That means you’ll always have an unobtrusive way to carry things in a pinch!
Minoura Cell Phone Holder
If you navigate by a map application on your smartphone, you need this handlebar mounted Minoura Cell Phone Holder. It’ll hold your phone securely, so you never have to dig in your pocket to figure out your directions. The soft cradle material reduces vibration and won’t scratch your phone, and it can be mounted vertically or horizontally – however you like.
PDW Bar-ista Coffee Holder
Get your morning caffeine fix with the PDW Bar-ista Coffee Holder. Made by a local Portland company, it’s designed to work with your favorite travel mug, and makes it easy to stay warm and caffeinated on chilly morning commutes.
A good mirror gives you a comfortable way to check your sightlines, and keep an eye on the traffic behind you. Great for peace of mind!
For road bikes, we carry the Cycleaware Roadie – a sleek bar-end mirror that goes on the end of your drop bars. If your e-bike has flat bars, we carry the Mirrycle MTB Bar End Mirror, which mounts on the end of flat-style handlebars.
Gaadi Easy Change Tube & Repair Kit
We love Gaadi Easy Change Tubes for eBikes! Because they’re designed as a straight tube instead of a donut, you can replace an inner tube without removing the wheel – which can get complicated with a hub-drive system. You’ll really just have to check out the videos on this page to see how easy it is to change a flat with the Gaadi Easy Change Tube.
To be totally prepared for any flat, pick up our Easy Flat Repair Kit. It has everything you need, including a Gaadi Easy Change Tube, tire irons, a CO2 inflator with extra cartridges, a utility knife, rubber gloves, and instructions. It comes in a Planet Bike Big Buddy bag that tucks under your seat so it’s always there when you need it.
We’d love to hear your opinion, too! If you have a favorite piece of commuting equipment, leave us a note in the comments!