Gear Closet: Cannondale Speedster Ride Wallet

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When a cyclist hits the road these days, they often have a number of small, but essential items to carry along with them. For instance, if the ride is of any decent length I’ll usually bring an energy bar or two, a couple of water bottles, my keys, wallet, iPhone and more. Stuffing all of that into my jersey and keeping it organized can be a bit of a hassle, but I know each of those things can come in handy at various times and there has been more than one occasion where I’m glad I’ve had it all with me.

Recently I’ve been taking the Speedster Ride Wallet from Cannondale on my regular rides and it has quickly proven itself to be essential gear. The Speedster is one of those items that you don’t know you need until you have one and then you wonder why you hadn’t picked one up sooner.

The Speedster features an internal waterproof zippered pouch that is perfect for carrying cash, an ID or a credit card. The wallet also has three small neoprene lined organizational slots that are perfect for a patch kit, CO2 cartridge or other small tools, but best of all it has a large sleeve, complete with a transparent window, that is specifically designed to safely hold a smartphone. The window allows riders to interact with the touchscreen on their phone without ever having to remove it from the wallet, which is great when using it with the numerous apps designed specifically for cyclists. The Speedster’s water resistant lining keeps the electronic device safe from sweat or unexpected rain storms and strong strip of velcro keeps the wallet sealed tight.

That’s basically all there is to this product, but that’s also all we need from it. The Speedster is simply an excellent addition to any rider’s gear list and if you’re a regular rider, I think you’ll find it as useful as I do. It’s great to throw all of the items you want to carry with you into one compact, well designed wallet, then slip it into a jersey pocket and hit the road.

With a price tag of just $20, the Speedster Ride is also very affordable. Considering the build quality of the wallet, I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had cost twice that. But at such a modest cost it is difficult to justify not buying one.

Not a rider yourself? This wallet also makes a great gift or stocking stuffer for the cyclist in your life. The holidays are still a few months off, but it is never too early to start planning ahead.

Kraig Becker