STAYING SAFE ON TWO WHEELS
WITH the right kit, winter doesn’t have to mean an end to your two-wheeled commute or weekend rides, says ABI JACKSON, just make sure you’re prepared for the weather and, crucially, the dark, as the days draw in. Here is some of our favourite cycle kit: PROVIZ REFLECT360 MEN’S PERFORMANCE CYCLING JACKET, £99.99 (provizsports.com) WHEN it comes to reflective outerwear, the Proviz range is hard to beat – and new to the line-up this season, this men’s performance jacket features all the great specs (soft-touch, moisture-wicking mesh lining and superb visibility) you’d expect from previous versions, but now comes in a sporty, slimline fit for improved comfort and reduced drag. BLINKERS BLINKER SET, € 169.99 (approx. £151) (blinkers.bike) WANT to take your safety on the road to the next level? These smart lights come complete with indicators, that you control via a wireless remote mounted on your handlebars. They also feature automatic brake lights, to let roadusers behind you know when you’re slowing down, plus a circle laser light (to remind drivers to keep a safe distance), and come with 20hr-use rechargeable batteries. BIKEHUT BACKPACK SIGNAL, currently reduced to £20 from £25 (Halfords) ALTERNATIVELY, this Bikehut indicating lights system attaches to your backpack – simply tie on with the bungee straps supplied, then operate via the wireless handlebarmounted remote. As well as indicating left and right, you can switch to flashing red light mode, and automatic speed sensors will kick in to trigger a brake light function too. LIV REV MIPS WOMEN’S ROAD HELMET, £119.99 (liv-cycling.com) IN the market for a new helmet that ticks all those crucial boxes – and looks and fits great? MIPS technology (that stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System) makes this one from Liv an ace choice, with its sleek, streamlined look and ‘bacteriainhibiting’ superwicking padding to help keep sweat drips at bay during strenuous rides. Bonus: Liv’s handy headmeasurement guide means you can be sure of an ideal fit.