Black Friday is the time of year when you shop for big-ticket items for holiday presents, like sound systems or televisions. But if your home theater or kitchen is all set, let us make one more suggestion: Buy a bike or scooter. Almost one in four adults report that they do not get any physical activity outside of their jobs. Incorporating more active transportation methods in your life reduces climate emissions, creates more opportunities for small businesses in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, and most importantly, gets you up and moving.
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Brompton’s electric folding bike is irresistibly cute, and the design of the motor and battery makes it incredibly easy to pack up for travel. The version without the electric motor is also on sale for 20 percent off. Former art director Elena Lacey rode 70 miles on a Brompton on a recent trip to Scotland.
Speaking of cute bikes, you will attract attention while riding the JackRabbit micro bike (7/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s our favorite small bike and as convenient as a skateboard for carrying up to classrooms or dorms, and the addition of an extra battery and cargo box ($225 value) makes it that much more useful.
This was not my favorite electric cargo bike—I found it big and unwieldy, and the battery life lasted only two days. But everyone else in my family appreciated its powerful throttle, stable three-wheeled configuration, and big capacity. Bunch Bikes very rarely go on sale, so if you’ve been looking for a good family bike, now is your chance.
My love for tiny bikes is not entirely self-serving: More women need to ride bikes. Statistically, women tend to be more risk-averse, and we also spend more time running our kids to school and going to the grocery store. Bikes that are easy to ride and lift would help. The Propella Mini fits the bill, and almost all of their bikes are affordable, easy to assemble, and ride. We also like the Propella 7S, which is also on sale for $300 off.
We have not yet tested this reasonably priced electric commuter, but it is on our list! State Bicycle is known for the affordable single-speed intro bicycles, and their ebike is no exception. It has an aluminum frame and a standard 250W motor, and weighs 38 pounds—it looks maneuverable, easy to use, and relatively light.
In our Best Electric Bikes roundup, I said that Ride1Up’s Prodigy was a little overpriced for what you got. However, it’s hard to get more affordable than Ride1Up’s easy commuter. We haven’t tested this particular version yet, but it has an aluminum alloy frame and a 350W Class 3 Shengyi motor. If you want a nicer motor, the aforementioned Prodigy is also $250 off.
Gocycle makes luxury folding ebikes with clean lines and premium materials; we’ve tested several and found them to be excellent, if expensive. A hefty discount makes that price tag a little easier to bear. The G4 is Gocycle’s intro model and like its other ones, it folds into a sleek, compact package that weighs only 38.8 pounds with a 500W motor and carbon fiber fork.
Apollo’s upgraded scooters are best for people with power or range anxiety, and the City (7/10, WIRED Recommends) fits the bill. The company’s Black Friday Sale includes bundles where you can get up to $200 worth of accessories for free.
This is our overall Best Electric Scooter. It offers a considerable range for the money, a comfortable ride on 9.5-inch tubeless tires, and many fun extras, like a bell, lights, and a place on the handlebars to put a phone mount.
This is the latest iteration of the electric scooter that reviews editor Julian Chokkattu tried and said was the Best Budget Scooter. This version has a longer range and comes with a few built-in locking mechanisms so you can run a (quick) errand without fear. A few different models are on sale.
This is reviews editor Julian Chokkattu’s favorite tiny scooter! It includes a free accessory package at a $147 value. The package has a folding lock, a cellphone holder, and some awesome yet ridiculous fingerless gloves.
Reviewer Jaina Grey found the sturdy, waterproof Khyte to be “almost a full-on hiking backpack.” It has intuitive pockets and seems to expand endlessly. It is the best extra-large messenger bag in our roundup of the Best Messenger Bags.
These are also great helmets for commuters: MIPS for better protection against rotational forces, a pop-out for attaching to your bike lock, lights, and they’re not totally ugly. Every helmet at Thousand is 30 percent off. Everything on their new Ride Shop is also 20 percent off.
This isn’t a crazy discount, but if you ride bikes or scooters and want to use your phone, Peak Design’s mount is extremely convenient and easy to use. Pick up the Everyday Case ($27) as well. Both are in our guide to the Best MagSafe Accessories.
I (Adrienne) own this lock. It’s heavy and unwieldy and I carry it in a backpack, but it’s the only thing that makes me feel okay about parking my Tern GSD S00 on the rack. Check out our guide to the Best Bike Locks for lighter picks, if you want them.
If reviews editor Julian Chokkattu’s review of the Montague M-E1 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) persuaded you to buy one—he did say it was “pretty darn close to perfection,” after all—then you may also want a carrying case ($125 value).
Black Friday Retailer Sales
Want to browse the sales yourself? Here are a few top retailers participating in Black Friday deals.