Here are a few standard bicycle accessories not commonly found in the U.S.

Motion powered headlight.

As you pedal, a generator rubs against your front tire, produces electricity, and illuminates the path in front of you. I suspect this is not as common in the U.S. because the noise it produces. But when riding in the dark, don’t you generally want people to be more aware of your presence?


This ring locks the back wheel in place. It seems like a minor inconvenience for a bike thief. In fact I sometimes wonder if the ring lock is actually a subtle way to identify your bike. Bikes are very popular here and many folks ride the same model. Since each lock has a unique key it may be intended to prevent people from accidentally taking another person’s bike home rather than deter malicious bike pirates.

The kickstands are also built differently.


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