The 10 Best cycling gear
Whether you cycle for fun or you see yourself as the next Bradley Wiggins, you’ll be riding high with these bike accessories
Tuesday 10 September 2013
These are mudguards designed for the cyclist who would normally turn their noses up at the thought of them. Light, stylish and incredibly easy to take on and off, there’s no time wasted with awkward nuts and bolts; simply wrap them on to your forks and dropouts with nifty elasticated cable ties.
If you really want to indulge, or have a penchant for high-end cycling gear, then Chapeau’s wonderful leather frame bags should have you drooling. Available in a range of colours and patterns, the padded, cotton-lined bags are the perfect place to keep your effects, without sullying the look of your classic steed.
This waterproof bike basket has a light and durable aluminium frame and contains pockets for phones or keys, and its 5kg capacity is good enough for a decent grocery shop. The easy-fastening clips should fit all models of bike.
Part of Le Coq Sportif’s new range of vintage-inspired cycle kit, this is a snug backpack for urban riders. Available in a range of colours, the bag has a reflective 3M stripe, a coated waterproof base, and space for a laptop inside.
Turning cycle safety into a work of art, the Fuze Wheel Writer transforms your bike wheels into something that looks more like a travelling fairground ride. Computer-controlled LEDs flash on and off to create illuminated images that will even show up during the day.
Gantoli is a new cycling brand created by two friends from Montreal who have an infallible love of vintage cycling design. Aesthetically appealing, made from quality leather and cotton, and a world away from the usual dreary glove designs, Gantoli looks set to give a lot of pleasure to retro riders.
British-made and from the only company manufacturing bicycle bells in the UK. Lion Bellworks produces high-quality solid brass bells based on retro designs, and is particularly proud of the ring, which it describes as having “a musical quality that is loud and clear with a long sustain”. Now out of my way!
With its bright, fun but precise design, CamelBak is behind some of the coolest water bottles we’ve come across. Designed to last, all the bottles come with a lifetime guarantee.
Knog has already made a name for itself with its super-bright lights and simple, bold designs. Now it is taking on bike security, with a fresh range of locks. The Strongman doesn’t just look pretty, either – the silicon-coated beasts boast a Sold Secure Gold rating.
At just 18cm in length, the Topeak Race Rocket is one of the smallest pumps around. But even though it can fit in a jersey pocket, it still packs a punch; the dependable single-action stroke fills tyres quickly and efficiently and the rubber grip makes for comfortable use.
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