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Thursday 18 December 2014

Ten best cycling accessories

1. Best for security: Kryptonite New York 3000 Cycle Lock
Solid, dependable and hugely reassuring, the New York lock is effective and secure. The steel shackle deters thieves with bolt cutters. One of the three supplied keys has a built-in light. Heavy and pricey but worth it for peace of mind.
Price: £69.99
halfords.com
1. Best for security: Kryptonite New York 3000 Cycle Lock
Solid, dependable and hugely reassuring, the New York lock is effective and secure. The steel shackle deters thieves with bolt cutters. One of the three supplied keys has a built-in light. Heavy and pricey but worth it for peace of mind.
Price: £69.99
halfords.com
2. Best for oil-free trousers: Madison Slapwrap Wristbands
Gone are the days of cycle clips being the preserve of country vicars - smack these high-visibility strips against your ankle and they'll snap round them to keep your slacks pristine. Or put them on your wrists for extra visibility.
Price: £7.99
bikedock.com
3. Best for visibility: Pearl Izumi Select Barrier WXB Jacket
The bright yellow jacket is hard to miss, great for winter cycling when light is low. The material will keep you dry and it has a detachable hood. It's lightweight and has a loose cut so you can wear thermal layers underneath.
Price: £139.99
cyclestore.co.uk
4. Best for protection: Giro Xar Helmet
Your head needs to be safe when you're cycling: there are cheaper models than this - and all are better than nothing - but this new model is excellent. Not only is it strong and helpfully protective, it has ventilation to keep your bonce cool.
Price: £115
madison.co.uk
5. Best for recharging: Electron Backupz USB LED Twin Pack
Flashing lights mean you'll be visible on grey days and as soon as darkness falls. The Backupz are easily removed and attached so you needn't leave them on the bike when you're not there. Plus, you recharge them through any USB socket. Handy.
Price: £34.99
evanscycles.com
6. Best for dry legs: Madison Protec Waterproof Trousers
Overtrousers can be a faff to pull on and off but they're worth it to keep your legs and trousers nice and dry. These ones have zips to make things easier, and they're windproof so they can make cold days more bearable, too.
Price: £35
madison.co.uk
7. Best for shower protection: Rapha Rain Jacket
Rapha's stylish range of cycle wear is tremendous. It looks and feels great and there are cream, red and grey colours to choose from. Thin and light enough to be easy to fold away and stop you from sweating, it's stylish and practical.
Price: £200
rapha.cc
8. Best for eye protection: Madison d'Arcs Triple Glasses Set
You'll need to keep your eyes safe, especially if you're a contact lens wearer: a gust of wind will painfully deliver grit into your eyes. The d'Arcs come with three lens colours that switch into place easily: clear, dark and one to brighten dull days.
Price: £25.99
madison.co.uk
9. Best for storage: Venture 135 Pannier Set
Ventura makes great-value panniers and these ones fit to the front or rear of your bike. Velcro attachments make them quick to attach and extra pockets deliver more space and places for water bottles and so on. Plus there's a strap to attach an LED light.
Price: £59.99
cyclesportsuk.co.uk
10. Best for dark roads: Stella LED 120 Front Light
A super-bright white LED delivers a powerful and concentrated beam so you can see where you are going (and make sure you are highly visible). And although it's pricey, it is still good-value as well as being light and portable. Comes with a trickle charger to replenish its power overnight.
Price: £120
ukbikestore.co.uk

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