There's nothing like the convenience and ease of biking to work — you save on gas, avoid traffic, and it helps you stay in shape. But, there's nothing worse than the wet ass that comes from biking on a rainy day (and the jokes you get when you show up at the office). Ass Savers Emergency Mudguards ($11) solve that problem, and stop the ruthless jokes. These simple polyurethane tabs fasten beneath your seat, catching all the muddy, wet spray from your rear tire. They come in a range of bright colors, or black and white, and tuck underneath your seat when you don't need them.
Leave it to the Dutch to design a bike that's perfect for urban commuting (they ride them every day). The Vanmoof 10 Electrified Bike ($2,640) is perfectly-suited to getting around town. A small motor in the front wheel, powered by a lightweight rechargeable battery, amplifies your pedaling power by 80%. Built-in GPS tracking lets you find your bike if it's lost or stolen, and design cues from the automotive industry — lightweight aluminum frame, mechanical disk brakes, automatic two-speed shifting — make it a pleasure to use. Available in November.
Trying to milk all the speed you can out of your bike rides? Make sure your head isn't getting in the way with the Mavic Plasma SLR Helmet ($220). This high-tech helmet features Ergo Fit Pad technology with progressive padding and low-denisty open-cell foam to pull away moisture, the Ergo Hold SL Retention system that offers 6cm of size adjustment with the turn of a dial, and cabon composite reinforcement that allows for larger vent openings without compromising protection. Available in white, black, and yellow.
We often speak of something melding the old and the new, but it's still pretty rare to such a literal example as these Tonke Campers (€95,000-€103,000; roughly $123,000-$133,000). These intriguing vehicles pair a retro, gypsy cart-style camper with a modern Mercedes truck, creating a happy juxtaposition of looks on the outside. On the inside, you'll find a yacht-style interior, with room for two or three people depending on the model, and expected niceties like showers, toilets, kitchens, and beds. Each one is custom designed and built-to-order in the company's workshop, so if you'd like to get your hands on one this summer, you'd best get moving.
The paddle-powered kayak has been a reliable mode of transportation for ages — but unfortunately, there are some places they simply can't reach without some mechanical help. For those times, there's the Mokai Motorized Kayak ($4,800). Powered by a 4-stroke Subaru EX21 electric start engine that's coupled to Mokai's proprietary jet drive, this polyethylene boat can manage shallow waters and potential hazards like a champ, letting you reach fishing, hunting, and remote camping sites that were previously unaccessible.
Shocks can only get you so far — if you're looking for ultimate comfort on your bike, you need to add suspension to the wheels themselves. That's exactly what Loopwheels (£500; roughly $775) do. These 20" bicycle wheels use conventional hubs with hub brakes and hub wheels, but with a spring system replacing the spokes, providing an unparalleled riding experience by cushioning you from bumps and potholes. Shipping in August.
Forget four wheels — if you want a vehicle that can go wherever is necessary, you need six. Max ATVs ($9,500 and up) have been tearing through the wilderness since 1969, utilizing their six-wheel drive systems and amphibious capabilities to get wherever their owners needed to go. Built in Buffalo, NY, they come in three models — the Max II, which holds two passengers plus cargo, the Max IV, which can hold up to four passengers and slightly less cargo, and the Buffalo, the world's first amphibious dump truck. They may not be as pretty as a new four-wheeler, but when your four-wheeling buddy is stuck on the other side of the creek, you won't care a bit. [Scouted by Ryan]
If you're looking for a lightweight two-wheeled ride, the PG BlackBraid Bike ($TBA) should be on your list. Featuring an innovative full-carbon frame made from braided carbon fiber, it's available in two versions — the urban-commuter Fixie and the distance-ready Touring. It also offers a SLR Tekno saddle, Conti 4000s tires, and Speedplay Nanogram Zero pedals. No matter what model you choose, you'll be getting an all-black ride that's sure to turn heads, whether it's around the neighborhood or out on the road.
How could we not like a product whose feature list includes checkmarks for "badass" and "incites jealousy"? Better yet, both are actually true of the Wolf Helmet ($200). This DOT-certified helmet is what it says on the box, putting a somewhat creepy, somewhat funny, but totally mesmerizing realistic wolf head on top of yours. Not feeling the wolf, but have an idea for another animal head you'd rather wear when riding your motorcycle? They offer a custom service that will bring your vision to life for only $100 more. It gives the term "wolfpack" a whole new meaning.
It's not quite yacht-sized, but at 28 feet, it's as close as you're going to come on the road. The Airstream Land Yacht ($145,000) was built instead with yacht-like luxury in mind, from the queen-sized bed with built-in night stands to the fully-enclosed bathroom. The nautical influence can be felt with high-luster teak and white wood inlay boat-deck flooring, and other features include sleeping space for up to five, a rear social space with wrap-around windows, a powered bed lift for easier storage access, three power awnings, LED lighting, Corian countertops, and Ultraleather upholstery. And just like a yacht, you might find discovering an appropriate place to park it quite the challenge.
Shipping fully assembled bikes is expensive. So the people behind the Sandwichbike ($TBA) decided to ship their bike in pieces. The result is a new take on the bike, built from a "sandwich" of two weather-coated frames of plywood, bonded together with "smart cylinders" and designed to be both rugged and good looking. Thanks to this unique design, the bike comes flat packed with everything you need in the box, including all the tools and the less-than-50 parts. The only downside? You can't get one just yet — but they will be available later this year.
No need to ruin the sleek design of your bike by some Velcro-secured plastic monstrosity of a light. The Blink Steady Bike Light ($125) is more than capable of keeping you safe while adding to the aesthetic of your cycle. Machined from solid aluminum in Brooklyn, this smart light secures to your seatpost, making theft highly unlikely, and sports an internal accelerometer that turns the LEDs on when you're riding and off when you're not, and makes the choice between a blinking or steady indicator as easy as flipping the unit over. A photosensor senses when it's dark enough to need the light, so you're not burning through unnecessary batteries during the daytime, making this one of the smartest accessories you can bolt on to your bike.