Stuff’s guide to winter cycle safety

The clocks have gone back, the nights are darker and you don’t want to end up as jam on a truck bonnet. Let Stuff’s best cycle gadgets hel

The clocks have gone back, the nights are darker and you don’t want to end up as jam on a truck bonnet. Let Stuff’s best cycle gadgets help you be safe and be seen

 

Giro Ionos [£130, www.giro.com]

It might be a lot to shell out for a helmet, but then it does protect your skull and brain. Giro’s most technologically advanced helmet has massive vents for ventilation, but special winter lining for when it’s parky out.

Pedalites [£34.99, www.pedalite.com]

75 per cent of cycling accidents happen at or near a road junction, so make sure that you’re well visible from the side with these battery-free light-up pedals.

Respro Hi-Viz Hump P15 [£40, www.respro.com]

You don’t have to go day-glo to get seen. Slip this cover on over your regular rucksack and you’ll be waterproof and reflective in a jiffy. There’s even electroluminescent light strips down each side.

Bicygnals [£39.95, www.iwantoneofthose.com]

Make like you’re car with these wireless bike indicators. Not only will you find yourself getting more lane space, but your hands can remain firmly on your handlebars instead of attempting dodgy signals.

Sennheiser MX 85 Sports II [£40, www.sennheiser.co.uk]

Headphones and cycling generally go together as well as blindfolds and driving, but if you do insist on tunage while you ride, invest in a pair of ‘phones that will let in some ambient noise. Like a blaring car horn. These sweat and water-resistant Sennheisers will do nicely.

Respro camouflage sticker set [£10.99, www.wiggle.co.uk]

Reflective gear needn’t mean tragically unhip fluoro duds. Stick these hi-viz camo stickers onto your bike frame, your helmet, or anywhere you fancy for safety with an urban flavour.

Foska Test Dummy training jacket [£45, www.foska.com]

It might be seen as tempting fate, but this iconic Test Dummy vest is will get you noticed on the road as well as keeping you cool and comfortable when you’re racing or commuting.

Samui Air Zound [£15, www.chainreactioncycles.com]

Make your presence more than known over the din of traffic. Blare an ample 120-decibel warning to any road hogs who dare cut you up, and watch their dry-cleaning bill soar.