If you're going to be riding at night or in the early hours, there's no need to be afraid of the dark. Here's eleven of the best hi-visibility and reflective cycling kit and accessories available now.
There's no need to hang up your wheels when the clocks go back. With the right accessories, you can make sure you stand out whether you're a city commuter or you're racking up the winter training miles.
The only jacket you'll need for the daily cycle commute this winter. On those dull, grey days, you'll stand out in hi-viz yellow. Then, when it gets dark, the large reflective panels reflect headlights and streetlights so you'll be hard to miss.
You'll be all set for whatever the weather can throw at you with 2.5 layer fabric that's waterproof yet breathable, and large underarm vents will keep you cool and collected as you sail past the traffic and into work.
Boost your visibility on those weekend rides with this versatile jacket from Gore® Wear. The windproof Gore-Tex® Infinium™ fabric is lightweight, breathable and repels light rain showers. If things start to heat up, simply zip the sleeves off and stash them away.
A high-viz top half stands out to other road users when you're in the riding position and reflective details bounce light back in dismal conditions.
Whether you choose the traditional hi-viz yellow, or you prefer the hot orange or any of the other colour options, you'll stand out in low light conditions thanks to the subtle print and decals which dazzle in headlights and streetlights.
This compact, lightweight waterproof shell can easily stand by in a jersey pocket on changeable days.
On dark winter commutes, these waterproof trousers will boost your side-visibility with generous retro-reflective panels. Reflective panels on the back of the lower legs are perfectly placed to catch headlights from behind.
The truly dedicated urban cyclists might also be interested to hear that this year Endura have also combined their Luminite jacket and trousers into a Luminite Waterproof One Piece for even greater protection from downpours.
We all love a classic pair of black Roubaix bib tights for winter rides. These weather-repellant tights from dhb will keep you warm and comfortable as you rack up the winter miles, while strategically placed reflective logos plus calf chevrons light up your legs exactly where they'll get you noticed.
In the urban jungle, your head is often the first thing people see, peering out above the traffic, so it makes sense to top things off with a hi-viz helmet. This smart lid from Endura features a built-in rechargeable red LED at the rear for added visibility.
Make sure nobody can miss your hand signals in these bright gloves from Altura, featuring massive reflective blocks for extra attention.
If you struggle with dexterity in the cold, the long cuff, windblocking fabric and grippy palm make these a perfect option on wintery days. Plus, you'll be able to control your touchscreen gadgets without taking them off and losing heat.
Other road users are far more likely to notice something that's constantly in motion than something that appears stationary, so adding some hi-viz to your feet feels like a smart move.
These bright overshoes protect your feet from the rain and road dirt and provide extra warmth. Racers will love that they also offer an aero advantage, with a snug fit, but they're also easier to take on and off than traditional aero shoe covers thanks to the rear zip.
More than a bike light, this ultrabright rear LED has a built-in Smart SIM and GPS which help to keep you and your bike safe. An accelerometer detects when you're braking and turns the beam brighter, making you stand out to other road users, and in the event of an incident it can even alert your loved ones to your location.
You'll be able to leave your bike locked up with confidence thanks to a 107 decibel siren to deter would-be thieves and live location tracking to help you get your bike back if it does go missing.
If you're one of the millions of Garmin Edge GPS computer users, the Varia radar lights could be a smart addition to your winter setup. The rear light is the next-best-thing to eyes in the back of your head - it detects traffic coming from behind and shows you what's coming in real time and is bright enough for drivers to spot from a mile away.
Even in daytime, we think a good pair of lights is essential. The Cateye AMPP range is available in a variety of options, from urban-friendly 100 lumens right up to 1100 lumens to light the way on unlit roads. They're designed to be visible from the side, giving you extra reassurance at junctions.
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