28 October 2014

FEATURE: Cycling Accessories

Ride hard.

Excited about our currently running competition to win a setof Leyzne bike lights, we took a look for some other cool kit designed for cyclists. We wanted something to keep us warm (but not sweating buckets), something to help us get about while keeping track of how far and where we ventured, and also something that... well, makes us look damn awesome. We think we've found them.

Garmin Edge 1000

For the best possible performance while navigating the jungle (both urban and normal), you need a dedicated GPS unit on your handle bars - and not one that you'll be too busy making calls and sending tweets from. The Garmin Edge 1000 is the premium GPS bike computer for cyclists, that will not only tack your training route but also help improve your game.

Despite coming pre-loaded with cycle routes from all over Europe (which are constantly being updated), the Edge 1000 is amazing at quickly pinpointing your location and keeping track as you pedal around. It's great for a quick ride but if you're the kind of bike rider with yellow jerseys in your sight, the Edge 1000 will help boost your performance. By logging onto Garmin Connect you can have virtual races with yourself and other users, getting real-time updates of stats direct to your handlebars.

Some might be put off by the price of the Edge 1000, swearing by the app on their smartphones, but Garmin have put together an incredible device here, one that seems far more reliable and accurate that the average phone GPS. Plus, the device itself has a body moulded to fit onto the included locking clamp, eliminating the need to put your faith in a third-party handlebar grip.


Available from www.amazon.co.uk

Helly Hansen Active Flow Base Layer

Great as an under layer on cold morning cycle rides, or as a complete top in itself, the Active Flow Half Zip Graphic base layer is both comfortable to wear and pretty cool looking. Helly's most advance base garment yet, this will keep you warm while allowing your skin to breath and perspire naturally. The outer layer is water resistant, meaning that should a downpour break as you're rounding the home straight, you'll still be as comfortable as a kitten.

But what we like most about this top, despite all the Lifa Stay Dry technology and flat lock seams, is that the style, slightly baggy fit and interesting colours means it can still be worn as a casual garment without you looking like one of those 'wears sports clothes to a party' sort of person.


Maui Jim Hot Sands Sunglasses

Inspired by a surfing spot on the Hawaiian island of Maui, the Hot Sands are a cool-looking comfortable pair of wrap-around shades that are perfect for cycling. A good pair of sunglasses is vital at this time of year, as although the sun might not shine for very long each day, because it is low in the sky it can be blinding for those of us on bikes.

The grilamid frame is tremendously light-weight and flexible, while the two hinges promise to be anti-corrosive, so handy in case you're a sweaty cyclist. There are rubber anti-slip grips along the temple arms, as well as a soft bridge grip between the lenses. Speaking of which, the included lenses (the pair we tested were HCL Bronze) are great at toning down that harsh autumn light while presenting the world in a suitably detailed contrast. Which means you definitely will see that pedestrian as he steps out in front of you.


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