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FABRIC HORSE halfbelt, $89, http://fabrichorse.com/Published: 4:30pm 9 December 2011

If Batman rode a bike, he’d be ditching his ‘Batpouch’ for one of these — guaranteed to bring out the superhero inside you. Available in too many colour combos to list (as well as tailor-made options), it’s as far a...

RITCHEY Pro Biomax bar, £72, www.rictheylogic.comPublished: 3:44pm 9 December 2011

Getting your set-up ‘just so’ on a road bike is crucial due to the prolonged periods you spend in limited positions. If you've experimented with stems of different length and rise, and seatposts of varying layback, in a quest to find...

BBB Pacer, £24.95, www.bbbparts.comPublished: 3:42pm 9 December 2011

The Pacer is squarely aimed at casual riders, but doesn’t skimp on technical features: the Grilamid frame is equipped with polycarbonate lenses which offer 100 percent UV protection. Plus there’s an anti-slip nose piece; work up a sw...

Muxu Ride Cap, £15, www.muxu.ccPublished: 3:38pm 9 December 2011

This cap is a stylish and practical item that won't break the bank. It adds useful warmth on cool evenings and also protects you from the summer sun; that central grey stripe is made from vented material, allowing your head to breathe. Muxu&rsqu...

GIRO Savant, £59.99, www.madison.co.ukPublished: 3:22pm 9 December 2011

The mid-priced Savant inherits pedigree DNA in both looks and technical construction from Giro’s £100+ siblings. The helmet is sleek, slim and stylish, a long way from the blob helmets of yore. The ‘in mould’ construction...

SQUIRE Snaplok, £60, www.squirelocks.co.ukPublished: 3:20pm 9 December 2011

You already own a Hetchins Magnum Opus with track ends, a Campag Anniversary Pista chainset and a Paul Smith cycling jersey. But have you considered the lock you’re wearing? The latest in lock style comes from British firm Squire and its 2...

AQUAPURE Traveller, £34.99, www.purehydration.co.ukPublished: 3:16pm 9 December 2011

Tourers and travellers will know how hard it can sometimes be to find clean water, but this simple water purification bottle does away with the need to carry a filter pump or cookware for boiling pan-loads of H2O. Approved by the Hospital of Tro...

WHEELYLIFT, €149, www.wheelylift.comPublished: 3:12pm 9 December 2011

In the past we’ve looked at a variety of parking solutions, for both the home and workplace, and the Wheelylift is the latest product to enter the fray. It got its first public airing at the Cycle Show in Birmingham — but we managed ...

OPTILABS sunglasses, £135, www.optilabs.comPublished: 2:59pm 9 December 2011

Optilabs offers a wide range of road and off-road sunnies, but its forte is prescription models, which come with either standard polarised lenses or a mirror finish.
Non-prescription lenses seem steep at £135, though single-vision (£...

BOARDMAN bottlecage, £35, www.boardmanbikes.comPublished: 2:59pm 9 December 2011

There’s not too much you can say about waterbottle holders — you simply want them to grip your drinks bottle when the going gets bumpy and not weigh too much. With a full carbon-fibre construction and supplied with two titanium bolts...

CROOZER KID for 2, £395, www.croozer.co.ukPublished: 2:53pm 9 December 2011

The Croozer’s quality engineering and finish is apparent. It has a roomy cabin with all-weather rollaway cover and ample boot space for ‘kiddie clobber’. It’s suitable for children from about 12 months up to 45kgs, with s...

BBB Griffon, £49.95, www.windwave.co.ukPublished: 2:51pm 9 December 2011

Watch the Tour de France very closely and you’ll have seen Confidis, Quick-Step and Vacansoleil riders wearing BBB helmets. They offer several models and this is its midpriced all-rounder. It has an in-moulded shell construction with 16 la...

Osprey Escapist 30L, £75. www.ospreypacks.comPublished: 2:43pm 9 December 2011

New this summer, Osprey’s Escapist range is designed for multi-day ‘bike-packing’ adventures, though in practice we found it equally capable for overnighters and commuting. Three sizes are available (20L/25L/30L), all of which ...

Basil Jada-Bag Basket, £36.99, www.madison.co.ukPublished: 2:24pm 9 December 2011

This is a good-looking modern day take on the traditional wicker basket. It’s roomy at 23-litres capacity (similar to a daypack), ideal for family cycling as nappies, drinks and extra clothing can all be thrown in and the full width openin...

Bell Tater, £24.99, www.bellsports.comPublished: 2:12pm 9 December 2011

The Tater ‘One-Step’ fit system promises to make fitting a doddle, with no faffing with fore/aft ear adjustment as this is set for you. You just turn the micro-adjust buckle under the chin. What’s nice is the rear of the helmet...