HomeBuying Guide​Beat​ ​The​ ​British​ ​Winter:​ ​Best​ ​Weatherproof​ ​Accessories

​Beat​ ​The​ ​British​ ​Winter:​ ​Best​ ​Weatherproof​ ​Accessories

While​ ​British​ ​winter​ ​means​ ​plummeting​ ​temperatures,​ ​darkness​ ​during​ ​rush-hour​ ​and​ ​wet  paths​ ​and​ ​roads;​ ​the​ ​right​ ​bike​ ​accessories​ ​will​ ​keep​ ​you​ ​rubber​ ​side​ ​down,​ ​relatively​ ​safe  and​ ​dry,​ ​and​ ​smiling.​ ​And​ ​while​ ​there​ ​are​ ​many​ ​types​ ​of​ ​cyclist,​ ​there’s​ ​one​ ​thing​ ​that’s​ ​true  for​ ​us​ ​all​ ​–​ ​bike​ ​weatherproofing​ ​is​ ​critical​ ​for​ ​enjoyment​ ​and​ ​crucial​ ​for​ ​winter​ ​cycling​ ​safety.

BE​ ​SAFE​ ​BE​ ​SEEN

Top​ ​of​ ​your​ ​winter​ ​list​ ​should​ ​be​ ​quality​ ​lights,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Exposure​ ​Strada​ ​1200,  £289.95,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​well-specced​ ​light​ ​from​ ​a​ ​brand​ ​you​ ​can​ ​rely​ ​on.​ ​Its​ ​1200​ ​lumens​ ​output  combines​ ​a​ ​flat-pattern​ ​beam​ ​that​ ​lights​ ​up​ ​dark,​ ​rural​ ​roads​ ​without​ ​dazzling​ ​drivers.

For​ ​something​ ​even​ ​brighter,​ ​CatEye’s​ ​Volt​ ​6000,​ ​£700,​ ​turns​ ​night​ ​into​ ​day with​ ​a​ ​whopping​ ​6000​ ​lumens.​ ​At​ ​100g​ ​it’s​ ​incredibly​ ​lightweight​ ​for​ ​its​ ​power​ ​while​ ​the​ ​wired  unit​ ​comes​ ​with​ ​a​ ​wireless​ ​remote​ ​switch​ ​for​ ​control​ ​from​ ​the​ ​bars.​ ​More​ ​options​ ​including all-important​ ​rear​ ​lights​ ​here.​

RUBBER​ ​SIDE​ ​DOWN

You’ll​ ​need​ ​a​ ​quality​ ​pair​ ​of​ ​winter​ ​tyres​ ​for​ ​traction​ ​when​ ​the​ ​going​ ​gets​ ​rough.​ ​Specialized’s All​ ​Condition​ ​Armadillo​ ​Elite​ ​II​,​ ​£40,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​road​ ​tyre​ ​with​ ​a​ ​tread​ ​pattern  designed​ ​for​ ​superior​ ​grip​ ​in​ ​wet​ ​conditions,​ ​and​ ​delivers​ ​both​ ​impressive​ ​rolling​ ​speed​ ​and  puncture​ ​resistance.

For​ ​your​ ​CX​ ​or​ ​gravel​ ​bike,​ ​Challenge​ ​Grifo​ ​Pro​ ​32C, £21.99,​ ​is​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​the​ ​worst​ ​of​ ​winter​ ​and​ ​a​ ​great​ ​tyre​ ​for​ ​races​​ ​and​ ​commutes​ ​alike.

For​ ​MTB,​ ​Specialized’s​ ​Storm​ ​Control,​ ​available​ ​in​ ​multiple​ ​sizes​ ​from​ ​£35,​ ​are  made​ ​with​ ​soft​ ​rubber​ ​compounds​ ​that​ ​are​ ​root-and-rock-ready,​ ​and​ ​their​ ​well-spaced knobbles​ ​make​ ​light​ ​work​ ​of​ ​winter​ ​debris.

KEEP​ ​IT​ ​CLEAN
Don’t​ ​let​ ​filthy​ ​roads​ ​ruin​ ​your​ ​fun.​ ​Mudguards​ ​are​ ​your​ ​ticket​ ​to​ ​a​ ​comfortable​ ​ride​ ​thanks​ ​to  their​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​shield​ ​you,​ ​and​ ​those​ ​around​ ​you,​ ​from​ ​swathes​ ​of​ ​flying​ ​muck​ ​and​ ​water.​ ​SKS  Hybrid​ ​Black​ ​700c​ ​35mm​ ​mudguards,​ ​are​ ​a​ ​stainless​ ​steel​ ​pair​ ​for​ ​£39.99;​ ​full  length​ ​for​ ​maximum​ ​protection.

No​ ​mounts​ ​or​ ​lacking​ ​clearance?​ ​No​ ​problem​ ​–​ ​racier​ ​frames​ ​can​ ​be​ ​winter​ ​adapted​ ​with​ ​a  SKS​ ​Raceblade​ ​set,​ ​​£39.99,​ ​chromoplastic​ ​guards​ ​that​ ​come​ ​with​ ​an​ ​adaptor for​ ​aero​ ​forks.​ ​They’re​ ​light​ ​at​ ​250g,​ ​aerodynamic,​ ​and​ ​serve-up​ ​excellent​ ​spray​ ​protection​ ​to  keep​ ​you​ ​dry​ ​–​ ​and​ ​are​ ​perennial​ ​favourites​ ​on​ ​the​ ​club​ ​run.

GET​ ​THE​ ​EDGE
Getting​ ​lost​ ​in​ ​the​ ​cold​ ​is​ ​no​ ​fun.​ ​Garmin​ ​Edge​ ​1030​ ​will​ ​take​ ​you​ ​far​ ​and  wide,​ ​and​ ​on​ ​track,​ ​for​ ​£549.​ ​With​ ​a​ ​large​ ​3.5in​ ​colour​ ​touchscreen​ ​and​ ​20-hour​ ​battery​ ​life,​ ​it
comes​ ​equipped​ ​with​ ​billions​ ​of​ ​miles​ ​of​ ​rider​ ​data​ ​to​ ​show​ ​you​ ​the​ ​best​ ​routes​ ​on​ ​and​ ​off  road,​ ​turn-by-turn​ ​navigation,​ ​address​ ​search​ ​function​ ​and​ ​smart​ ​connectivity​ ​alongside​ ​all​ ​the  data​ ​basics​ ​you’d​ ​expect​ ​–​ ​it​ ​packs​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​into​ ​just​ ​123g.

With​ ​your​ ​bike​ ​ready,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​right​ ​winter​ ​clothing​ ​​to​ ​keep​ ​you​ ​warm,​ ​dry  and​ ​seen​ ​–​ ​just​ ​add​ ​determination.​ ​Whether​ ​it’s​ ​entering​ ​an​ ​event​ ​to​ ​get​ ​you​ ​out​ ​on​ ​a​ ​winter  weekend,​ ​devising​ ​a​ ​training​ ​plan​ ​or​ ​teaming​ ​up​ ​with​ ​a​ ​commuting​ ​buddy,​ ​come​ ​next​ ​summer  you’ll​ ​be​ ​pleased​ ​you​ ​cycled​ ​this​ ​winter.

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