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Unique Biking Products for the National Bike Challenge

With the weather warming it’s time to trade four wheels for two. Motivate for the transition by signing up for the PeopleForBikes National Bike Challenge. In it’s simplest form, the National Bike Challenge is an easy logging center for participants to record the miles they ride while competing with other riders all over the country. With fun competition on the local, state and national level, it is a free and easy way for people to challenge themselves, their colleagues and the greater community to ride more. The Challenge aims to unite 100,000 riders to pedal 75 million miles from May 1, 2016 until September 30, 2016. Register here.

Below is (unconventional) bike commuting gear and accessories to ensure you have the best possible ride, aimed at those who don’t mind standing out in a crowd.

ElliptiGO Arc - New for this year, ElliptiGO introduces their first-ever compact elliptical stride model, the Arc, at the most affordable price yet. The Arc, like all ElliptiGO bikes, is a highly effective outdoor cardio workout that’s low impact on your joints, but high impact on your fitness. MSRP $1,299

Pearl Izumi Sun Sleeves - Protect yourself from the sun with the newest version of the Pearl Izumi Sun Sleeves, which offer UPF 50+ and a lighter feel that allows you to wear them throughout the whole summer. MSRP $30

Chamois Butt’r GoStik - Guard your buns (and all other problem areas) from uncomfortable chafing and skin irritation with Chamois Butt'r's newest and most versatile product yet! New for this summer, the GoStik is excellent for runners, cyclists, triathletes and swimmers, along with anyone who experiences chafing during athletic or on-the-job activities. MSRP $2.99 (.15oz)/$14.99 (2.5oz)

Vapur Element - Keep hydrated with the flexible, rollable Vapur Element. Its design is lighter and easier to hold than rigid bottles, allowing you to carry it along wherever you’re going.  It rolls up compact, and the widemouth of the flip-top SuperCap equips it for even greater gulp-ability. With a stronger, integrated attachment clip built into the cap, the Element hangs on tight during your commutes and adventures. MSRP $13.99