July 4th is approaching, the weather is getting hot, and people are flocking outdoors. The pandemic is far from over, so it’s important to wear a face mask and stay six feet apart.
A good way to enjoy the summer and stay safe is to bike, whether it’s around the city or on rural trails. Camping is also another way to break out of your home if you have a social quarantine bubble to go with. And climbers can head to outdoor routes, as long as they’re not crowded, or wait until the local climbing gym reopens. There are a few Independence Day deals happening right now on outdoor gear, and we’ve collected our favorites below so you can spend more time planning your next great (and safe) excursion.
For more bike accessories, we have a guide that includes everything from helmets to bike shorts. Also, check out our guide to the Best Ebikes if you’re in the market for a new ride.
Timbuk2 Portola Pannier Bag for $70 ($29 off): Carrying everything on your back while biking can leave you a sweaty mess in hot weather. Make your bike carry your stuff. The Portola holds 28 liters of stuff—on the big side for a pannier bag—but it’s big enough to hold all your things for commutes to the office or groceries on your way back from the store. You’ll need a pannier rack on your bike to use a pannier bag.
Bontrager Circuit Cycling Gloves for $32 ($8 off): People who bike a lot tend to develop blisters, and padded, ergonomically-shaped handlebars can only go so far. That’s why you’ll see serious road cyclists wearing gloves. The Brontrager Circuits have memory foam and gel patches to reduce blisters, and the half-fingers let you use your phone without having to constantly take off the gloves.
Ergon SMC Sport Gel Women’s Saddle for $72 ($18 off): Long days in the saddle can be exhausting, especially if you’re riding a bike without seat suspension. Orthopedic gel cushioning gives your backside an upgrade from the thin, stiffly padded seats that most bikes come with from the factory. The men’s version is also on sale for the same price.