The ultimate style and safety-conscious cycling kit

From traditional to trailblazing, these smart accoutrements will take any bike up a gear

Thousand cycling helmet, from $85, from the Premium Collection at explorethousand.com
Thousand cycling helmet, from $85, from the Premium Collection at explorethousand.com

The haute helmet The head-turning Thousand cycling helmet (from $85, from the Premium Collection) channels both the freewheeling cool of Easy Rider and the ruggedness of a jockey on the gallops. It also has some neat details: the microfibre strap snaps shut with a satisfying magnetic clunk and a pop-out port at the back of the cap makes it easy to secure to your bike – if it’s stolen when locked, its US designer, Thousand, pledges to replace it. Also available in other colours. explorethousand.com. CLARA BALDOCK

 Kara Ginther bespoke saddle, from $411, from bespokeglobal.com and brooksengland.com
Kara Ginther bespoke saddle, from $411, from bespokeglobal.com and brooksengland.com

The bespoke saddle Kara Ginther is fast acquiring a reputation for her beautiful and unique custom-carved leather bicycle seats. Working through online showcase Bespoke Global, she hand-carves each saddle to order (from $411), using fine tools more commonly applied to wood. These saddles are works of art, and some clients commission them solely for display, but Ginther insists that they are meant to be used. “I have had clients riding carved saddles for 10 years now,” she says. “The carving changes quite a bit with use and gets darker, but in my opinion, that just makes it more beautiful.” bespokeglobal.com. Also available from brooksengland.com. karaginther.comCHARLOTTE ABRAHAMS

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The smart navigation device The SmartHalo (£159.99 ) is an easily installed, weatherproof device that converts any bike into a “smartbike”. It navigates for you, communicating via an ethereal circle of coloured lights to signal turns, obstacles and more. It also works as a loud theft alarm and automatically triggered front LED light, and tracks speed, saves CO2 emissions and calories burnt, and alerts you to calls and texts so you can pull over if you need to answer urgently. The navigation offers an aim‑and-go compass mode and a street-by-street option, to guide you through cycle-friendly backstreets. It beeps before you have to turn, so you don’t need to constantly look down, as you would at a map on a handlebar-mounted smartphone. Clever, stress-reducing cycle technologythefowndry.com. JONATHAN MARGOLIS

SmartHalo, £159.99, from thefowndry.com
SmartHalo, £159.99, from thefowndry.com

The commute-friendly carryall The eye-catching, waterproof modern Helvellyn backpack (£359) by Chapman is eminently suitable for commuting cyclists. It is made from British dyed and woven Cordura and handcrafted in Cumbria, features the Dunmail toggle fastening, a padded laptop compartment and a mountaineering-style solid brass four-bar strap adjuster. chapmanbags.com.

Chapman Helvellyn backpack, £359, from chapmanbags.com
Chapman Helvellyn backpack, £359, from chapmanbags.com

The app-controlled bike lock Linka Smart Lock (£129.99) is the type of security device that, like a D-lock, immobilises a bike but doesn’t anchor it. With its 650g of steel and thick cast metal, this electronic, app-controlled lock is stronger and less easily forced than a D-lock, plus its tamper alert alerts your phone that something is going on while a terrifying 110dB alarm sounds. It also has an auto-unlock feature, which makes it release its hefty jaws as you approach it. And if you lose your phone, you can unlock it with a four-digit code. thefowndry.com. JONATHAN MARGOLIS

Linka Smart Lock, £129.99, from thefowndry.com
Linka Smart Lock, £129.99, from thefowndry.com

The stylish safety jacket You could walk into a meeting wearing the Lumo cycling jacket (£250) and not feel embarrassed – and when lit up, it becomes a warm, water-resistant jacket that makes you visible on a bike even on the darkest days. Lumo’s jackets have 14 sewn-in four-lumen LEDs front and rear, and two settings: a super-bright pulse and a gentler flash. The 38g battery is a substantial, USB-chargeable 1100mAh 3.7v lithium polymer unit, which will feed the lights for six to 14 hours – enough for a good few days’ commute. lumo.cc. JONATHAN MARGOLIS

Lumo jacket, £250, from lumo.cc
Lumo jacket, £250, from lumo.cc

The superlative safety light The Blaze Laserlight ($200) is a powerful LED cycle light that has a unique life-saving feature. It projects onto the road 6m ahead of it a green bike symbol, visible from all angles (since it’s laser generated,). This means that from a visibility standpoint, your bike is in effect 6m long, and thus users feel – and are – a lot safer. It clearly works best in darkness or low light – please mind even more carefully how you go when it’s too bright to use it. blaze.cc. JONATHAN MARGOLIS

Blaze Laserlight, $200, from blaze.cc
Blaze Laserlight, $200, from blaze.cc

 

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