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Stay safe and comfortable with this winter cycling kit

Hitting the road on your bike in the cold, dark weather? Abi Jackson takes a look at eight must-have items

Proviz REFLECT360 Men's Performance Cycling Jacket
Proviz REFLECT360 Men's Performance Cycling Jacket
Blinkers Blinker Set
Bikehut Backpack Signal
Liv Zorya Wind Jacket
Liv Signature Knickers
Boardman Men's Baselayer
Liv Rev MIPS Womens Road Helmet
Altura Neoprene Gloves

With the right kit, winter doesn't have to mean an end to your two-wheeled commute or weekend rides - just make sure you're prepared for the weather and, crucially, the dark, as the days draw in.

Here's some of our favourite cycle kit - all ideal for the colder months - to buy right now...

1. Proviz REFLECT360 Men's Performance Cycling Jacket, £99.99 (provizsports.com)

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Proviz REFLECT360 Men's Performance Cycling Jacket
 

When it comes to reflective outerwear, the Proviz range is hard to beat. New to the line-up this season, this men's performance jacket features 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.

2. Blinkers Blinker Set, €169.99 (approx £151) (blinkers.bike)

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Blinkers Blinker Set
 

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 break lights, to let road-users 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.

3. Bikehut Backpack Signal, currently reduced to £20 from £25 (Halfords)

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Bikehut Backpack Signal

Alternatively, this Bikehut indicating lights system attaches to your backpack - simply tie on with the bungee straps supplied, then operate via the wireless handlebar-mounted 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 break light function too.

4. Liv Zorya Wind Jacket, £99.99 (liv-cycling.com)

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Liv Zorya Wind Jacket
 

If you're not already acquainted, Liv is the first ever all-female cycling brand, created by women for women - and what this basically means is a range you'll love for its top-notch comfort and aesthetics, as well as all the technical specs you'd hope for. This super-fine Zorya jacket takes up barely no bag space, but does the job of keeping wind chill at bay - and the cosmic-esque print is a joy.

5. Liv Signature Knickers, £129.99 (liv-cycling.com)

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Liv Signature Knickers
 

For a bit more coverage now the cold weather's arrived, these three-quarter length leggings are worth the investment, with a wide-cut high waistband that sits comfortably in place and luxurious-feel soft touch TransTextura(TM) fabric for just the right mix of breathability and compression. Liv's Procomfor(TM) chamois padding designs don't disappoint, either.

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6. Boardman Men's Baselayer, £24 (Halfords)

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Boardman Men's Baselayer
 

Layering up is key for cold rides, and if you don't want to spend a fortune, this super-lightweight baselayer helps regulate temperature with quick-drying fabric that's both thermal and breathable.

7. Liv Rev MIPS Women's Road Helmet, £119.99 (liv-cycling.com)

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Liv Rev MIPS Womens Road Helmet
 

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 'bacteria-inhibiting' super-wicking padding to help keep sweat drips at bay during strenuous rides. Bonus: Liv's handy head-measurement guide means you can be sure of an ideal fit.

8. Altura Neoprene Gloves, £30 (Halfords)

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Altura Neoprene Gloves
 

One of those people who always has cold hands? Invest in a good pair of winter gloves, pronto. This neoprene pair keeps out draughts and, with a suitably thick spongy texture, they're designed to be super warm and comfortable, yet also stretchy, so they shouldn't feel bulky and cumbersome. A silicone print on the palm helps with grip too.

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