Backbone's Commuting Essentials

May is bike-to-work month and Backbone Media has a roster of essentials perfect for your spring commute. From a fashionable and lightweight helmet, to the perfect commuting bike, and a headlamp for those night rides, we've got you covered.

1. AVEX ReCharge — MSRP $27.99
Featuring AUTOSEAL® technology the ReCharge is the perfect coffee mug for the morning commute. This vacuum insulated stainless steel tumbler is easy to operate one-handed and the AUTOSEAL and lock out technologies allow you to toss it in your pack next to your computer without worrying about spills.

2. Black Diamond Equipment Sprinter Headlamp — MSRP: $79.95

With a sleek rechargeable design and excellent fore-aft balance, the 130-lumen Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp is a versatile, all-weather light that's ideal for high-impact use on the trail or the skin track. A red taillight strobe in the rear adds visibility in urban areas, and the lithium polymer battery recharges through a USB port in 5 hours. The Sprinter's stormproof design keeps it going strong in any weather, and the regulated design provides constant illumination throughout the battery life.

3.  Chaco Z/Cloud Sandal— MSRP: $110
Features the same style and support as the classic Chaco sandal with an instant-comfort topsheet and a LUVSEAT™ dual-density PU midsole. Non-marking ChacoGrip™ rubber compound provides amazing performance and traction and the sandal features an antimicrobial application for odor control. Lug depth: 3.5mm lug depth for men, 3mm lug depth for women. 

4.  Eddie Bauer Kona Anorak (Men's & Women's)— MSRP $149.00

Whether you're standing on the sidelines or thick in the game of outdoor life, the Kona Anorak will be your friend during a deluge. The WeatherEdge 2.5-layer waterproof/breathable material on this pullover rain shell is treated with out StormRepel DWR finish that shed moisture, rather than letting it soak in. True Blue, Chrome, Black. Wo

5.  Enerplex Jumpr Slate 5K— MSRP: $55
The Jumpr Slate is a super thin, lightweight 5,000 mAh battery (enough power for 3-4 full smart phone charges) that you can keep in your backpack in case your phone’s battery is running low on your ride to work. It has an integrated tether so there’s no extra wires to carry around. You won’t even know it’s there.

6.  Diamondback Haanjo/Haanjenn Metro — MSRP: $700

Streamlined transportation is a must for your urban life, and you’ll find no better choice than our popular Haanjo and Haanjen Metro. This bike’s flat handlebars and Endurance Geometry set you up comfortably for pedaling across town, getting to work, or cruising around for fun on the weekend. The Haanjen features female-specific touchpoints but still utilizes the Shimano 1x9 setup for plenty of range during hill climbs. 

7.  Haibike XDURO Urban S RX 2016 — MSRP: $4,999

Sometimes you just need an extra boost, so let Haibike help. This bike is perfect for the urban commuter who navigates longer commutes, bike lanes, and enjoys riding in their leisure time. With a  Bosch mid-drive Performance Speed Motor that smoothly tapers off its assistance beyond 28 MPH, physical power still remains the core component of the riding experience. The bike also features XDURO Aluminum 6061 frame, 700c wheels, integrated eLight system.

8.  Honey Stinger Gluten Free Waffles— MSRP: $$23.84/Box of 16 waffles

A great alternative to conventional energy food now in a Gluten Free option, Gluten Free Organic Stinger Waffles provide a tasty boost of sustainable energy on the go in two thin waffles infused with True SourceTM honey. Honey Stinger Gluten Free Organic Waffles are the first product of their kind that’s gluten free, certified organic and available in a single-serving wrapper with natural carbohydrate sources for enhanced absorption. Flavors include Cinnamon, Salted Caramel and Maple.

9.  Klean Kanteen 27oz Classic – MSRP: $20.95|
The perfect  size for biking to work,  the 27oz classic fits in your water bottle holder and backpack. Comes with a Sport Cap or Loop cap depending on you preference and the electropolished interior doesn't retain or impart flavors.

10.  POC Crane Helmet— MSRP: $130
The Crane is a lightweight helmet with a durable, dent-resistant construction. The foam liner combines foam with two different densities. The stiffer outer part deals with higher energy impacts, while the inside provides protection for lower energy impacts. Together the two densities work to provide a progressive response in case of impact. The Crane has a size adjustment system and lightweight at only 400 g.

11.  POC Want Sunglasses — MSRP: $160
The Want feature a lightweight and durable grilamid frame with Zeiss lenses that have been treated anti-fog and Ripel to ensure clear vision. They also have hydrophilic rubber on the nose and temples that get grippier when wet for a better fit. The lifestyle look lets you keep them on as you move from bike to social gathering or work.

12.  Stio Second Light Alpha Jacket (Men's & Women's) — MSRP: $299

 Is a lightweight, versatile, pinnacle insulation piece made for warmth and breathability during both static and high output activities. Equipped with MeridianTM AP Stretch Mini-Ripstop and Polartec Alpha® technology to regulate core body temperature during all levels of activity, the Second Light Alpha is the one layer you can put on for your morning trail run or bike commute and leave on throughout the day without needing to add or shed layers. Built to perform in any environment, the Second Light Alpha features a DWR (durable water repellent) coating for superior protection against the elements, without creating extra weight.

13.  Smartwool PhD Cycle UL Micro (Men's & Women's) — MSRP: $15.95

These are the lightest Merino socks on the market. They feature the 4 Degree™ elite fit system, a virtually seamless toe and patented technology to help them outlast a year's worth of century. Strategically placed mesh ventilation zones provide ventilation for temperature and moisture management and the virtually seamless toe provides maximum comfort. 

14.  Thule Stir Series 15L — MSRP  $59.95

The Stir series from Thule features versatile packs in a clean, minimalistic design that are perfect for shorter hikes and jaunts around town in 15L, 20L, and 35L sizes for men and women. Made with Elastin coated 210D Robin Nylon, Stir packs feature reflective material, easy access lids with protective storm flaps and internal mesh pockets for easy storage, while the 20L and 35L feature front “shove-it” pockets, shoulder strap pockets for phone or other small items and two side pockets for water bottles.