The Best Gear for the E-Scooter Commuter


Stay safe, warm, stylish, and caffeinated as you Bird.

Andria Lo

Chances are e-scooters have landed on a sidewalk near you. Gear up, hop on, and brave the urban grid.

1. OluKai Waialua Lace

An active commute doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re going to the gym. These office-friendly sneaks are made from lightweight mesh and rubber, with a seaweed-inspired tread that’ll help you keep a firm grip on your scooter’s deck.

2. Closca Stack Packable Helmet

Even the best balanced two-­wheelers among us can get into unexpected scrapes, so scoot smart. This lightweight, telescoping head protector pops up when you need it, and becomes a flat, backpackable oval when you don’t.

3. Mission Workshop Bomber

It gets chilly scooting along at 15 mph. This slick, drizzle-­repellent bomber isn’t just on trend. It has a stretchy and breathable layer of extra-warm insulation on the inside, making the shell handy for temps down to freezing.

4. Timbuk2 Robin

The bagmakers at Timbuk2 designed the Robin specifically for MacBook- and iPad-toting riders. Slip your devices into the padded pockets, and nylon flaps secured by magnetic clasps keep your stuff safe. Extra credit: a built-in rain fly for soggy days.

5. Bell Clinch Cup Holder

No matter your travel mode of choice, morning caffeine is a must. This no-tools, no-scratch, metal cup holder attaches to any handle­bar with a twist of its knob. The foam-lined well keeps drinks upright, tall or venti.

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