Loughborough Echo - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE -

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 (provizs­ 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) ( 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-cy­ 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.

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