7 Gadgets To Help You Stay Safe When Cycling In the Dark

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If you're planning to cycle to and from work during winter, then you need to make sure you're properly kitted out. Ensuring you're clearly visible is crucial when it comes to safety on the road. What you might not realise is it's also a legal requirement to have lights and reflectors on your bike between sunset and sunrise. Failure to do so will result in a fine.

These seven fun and functional products are guaranteed to get you noticed in the saddle – for all the right reasons.

1. Wheel and Spoke Lights

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Light up your ride in style with funky LED spoke lights. Bright and durable, brands, such as Monkey, make spoke lights that provide 360-degree visibility for cyclists on the road.

Fully waterproof, the lights run for up to 40 hours and create a vibrant display guaranteed to turn heads. They come in a wide range of fun colours and styles to suit your mood on any given day, too.

2. Reflective Jacket



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A reflective jacket that lights up under car headlights is one of the best ways to make sure you're seen on the road. A Provis jacket is a particularly shiny option as it's covered in millions of highly reflective beads, giving you an all-over glow.

In addition to its high-vis benefits, the jacket is also fully waterproof, making it an ideal choice for hardy, year-round, cycle commuters.

3. Reflective Spray

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Albedo reflective spray allows you to transform any item of cycling kit into a shiny, hi-vis version of itself – perfect for dark winter evenings. The light metallic permanent spray is great for bikes, helmets and backpacks, as it remains effective no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.

If you're looking to give your clothing a more temporary hit of high-vis, opt for the Invisible Spray designed for textiles. Both options remain totally invisible until light hits them after the hours of darkness. There's endless entertainment to be had with this one.

4. Bike Lights



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Take your bike lights to the next level with the Blaze Laserlight. In addition to a 300-lumen light, Blaze comes equipped with a laser that projects an image of a bike six metres in front of you.

This gives you a much larger footprint on the road, and means you're visible from various perspectives, including blind spots and junctions. The light has even caught the attention of Transport for London. Tests showed bus drivers’ ability to spot bikes increased from 72 to 96% – and these lights are now being rolled out across the entire fleet of Boris Bikes.

5. Glowing Overshoes



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There's nothing worse than arriving at the office with ice cubes for toes. However, a good pair of overshoes ensures your feet stay warm and dry, even on the chilliest of rides.

Sealskinz Halo overshoes are a good bet, as you can wear them with both mountain biking and are road cycling shoes, and they are super easy to pop on and off. Equipped with reflective detailing along the zip and a flashing LED light on the rear, they make a huge difference to your visibility on the road, too.

6. Hi-Vis Gilet



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Nearly every cycling kit manufacturer offers hi-vis options for the winter months, meaning there's something for every taste and budget. If you want to add a touch of class to your cycling wardrobe, a high-vis gilet from sought-after cycling brand Rapha is perfect.

The Brevet is perfect for autumn commutes and warmer days when the light is low, and there's a bit of a nip in the air. This lightweight gilet takes the wind off your torso, and high-visibility detailing ensures you can’t be missed.

7. Cycling Gloves



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The more reflective detailing you can cram onto your kit the better, and cycling gloves are no exception. The three-in-one Altura Night Vision gloves are a great option – and versatile enough to take you through autumn, spring and winter.

The outer glove is waterproof and windproof and comes with high-visibility detailing. The glove features with a cosy, thermal liner which you can wear on its own in warmer months, or inside the outer glove in the depths of winter.   

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