Giant’s battery-powered bike, and a panoply of high-tech bike gear,  will both ease the commute and raise your cool factor.

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Giant’s battery-powered bike, and a panoply of high-tech bike gear,  will both ease the commute and raise your cool factor.

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The High-Tech Bike Commute
The High-Tech Bike Commute

Giant’s battery-powered bike, and a panoply of high-tech bike gear,  will both ease the commute and raise your cool factor.

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Giant Twist Freedom DX
Giant Twist Freedom DX
Price: $2,250
giant-bicycles.com

It resembles an ordinary city cycle, except that the gizmo hanging over the back tire is a lithium-ion battery. The harder you pedal, the more juice the battery gives, which means you’ll be able to ride faster, further, and longer.
Blackburn Flea 2.0 USB + Solar
Blackburn Flea 2.0 USB + Solar
Price: $30
blackburndesign.com

These lightweight LED lights, which last for three hours, mount to your handlebars. If you don’t have a USB port on hand for recharging, a solar charger is available.
Contour GPS
Contour GPS
Price: $350
contour.com

Use this helmet cam to shoot HD video while tracking your location with GPS. You can record video, upload it to a laptop, and see exactly where you cartwheeled over that three-inch curb.
POC Trabec
POC Trabec
Price: $179
pocsports.com

The helmet combines Aramid fibers with EPS foam to mimic the human skeleton. Unlike the usual bike type that sits on your head, the Trabec wraps around like a skateboard helmet.
iBike Dash + Power
iBike Dash + Power
Price: $749
ibikesports.com

Connect your iPhone or iPod touch to the device and navigate your ride while measuring power, speed, elevation, wind speed, and quad-ravaging hill slopes.
Delta Airzound
Delta Airzound
Price: $40
deltacycle.com

This ridiculously powerful (115-decibel) air horn can be recharged with a bike pump. It satisfies U.S. Coast Guard requirements, so it should work in rush hour traffic.