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Bell Faction Paul Frank, £35, www.bellsports.comPublished: 01:59pm 09 Dec 2011

This is a scaled-down version of the skate-styled adult Faction bike helmet — what the cool kids wear. Bell have teamed up with American cartoonist and fashion designer Frank for a range of lids featuring his unique artwork — this on...

Bobike Mini+, £70.95, www.greyville.comPublished: 01:52pm 09 Dec 2011

Front seats are common-place on the Continent but less so over here. An advantage is that the child can see where they’re going and it’s easier for you to talk to them than when in a rear seat or trailer. Steering isn’t really ...

LIGHT&MOTION Vis 360, £139.99, www.madison.co.ukPublished: 12:55pm 09 Dec 2011

As you’ll see from the picture, the Vis 360 is a very compact helmet-mounted front/rear light combo. It weighs only 135g so you don’t feel it once attached — you do this by snapping both parts into the strap-on mounts (this var...

ONE23 Ultra Bright/Super Bright, £35.49, www.todayscyclist.co.ukPublished: 12:53pm 09 Dec 2011

Another great value front/rear lightset, this one offers slightly beefier output and longer burn times (a fortnight of two hour-long commutes) than many rivals. Up front there’s a wide beam 1-watt LED
lamp (available in six colour options)...

PDW Spaceship/Radbot £35 www.paligap.ccPublished: 12:48pm 09 Dec 2011

The front lamp uses a single LED and lens to create a bright, tight beam with which it’s possible to navigate pretty well even without street lighting. You need a coin to insert the two AA batteries and there are flash and steady modes (ex...

CATEYE Velo Gift Set, £34.99, www.zyro.co.ukPublished: 12:40pm 09 Dec 2011

Though the front light is compact, its two AA-powered LEDs punch out plenty of light in flash or steady modes. The bracket is tool-free and the light can be slipped on and off in seconds. The rear has triple LEDs, powered by a pair of AA batteri...

ELECTRON Millis, £29.99, www.madison.co.ukPublished: 12:35pm 09 Dec 2011

These USB-rechargeable lights are quick to attach using the soft silicone clips. Charging takes about four hours; a red light shows when charging, turning green once they’re ready. Both switch between steady and flash modes; we got 10 hour...

LEZYNE Super Drive, £99.99, Mini Drive, £49.99, www.upgrade.co.ukPublished: 12:27pm 09 Dec 2011

Perhaps the most widely talked-about lights at the various 2011 cycle shows, these latest offerings from Lezyne sit perfectly within its growing portfolio of beautifully-crafted tools and accessories. But on this occasion it’s the performa...

SQUIRE Mako CN8/900 lock, £40, www.squirelocks.co.ukPublished: 02:57pm 30 Nov 2011

This Mako model uses an 8mm steel chain allied to Squire’s own lock body. Our sample came with a 900mm chain, which fitted around most street furniture as well as front wheel and frame.
The chain’s covered with a nylon sleeve, which...

KNOG Straight-jacket Fatty, £25.99, www.todayscyclist.co.ukPublished: 02:45pm 30 Nov 2011

We’ve looked at several Knog locks before and it’s fair to say the cable versions are very much a case of style over substance, aimed at urban fashionistas. But the Straightjacket Fatty’s a lot meatier, with an 8mm hardened ste...

TEARAID puncture kit, £4.99, www.tear-aid.co.ukPublished: 02:38pm 30 Nov 2011

To fix a flat, simply clean the ‘wound’ with one of the solvent-coated wipes. Peel off a plastic patch and apply, and you’re ready to go. Quicker and easier than traditional glue, patches and sandpaper, the repairs we did weeks...

TIMBUK2 D-Lux Messenger Bag, £100, www.timbuk2.comPublished: 02:31pm 30 Nov 2011

Since our sample arrived after September’s Cycle Show, this new courier/laptop bag has been on the backs of a couple of testers and proved so durable that we thought we’d review it before it hits the shops next spring.
The fabric&rs...

LEZYNE Classic tools, £17.99, www.upgrade.co.ukPublished: 02:25pm 30 Nov 2011

They say ‘chain rod’, I say ‘chain whip’; they say ‘pedal rod’, I say ‘pedal spanner’... whether you agree with the German-founded, American-based manufacturer on name, one’s thing’s no...

SIGG sports bottle, £19, www.sigg.comPublished: 11:36am 06 May 2011

Outdoor types will know Sigg bottles have been around for years, but this latest ‘sports’ incarnation features a ‘wide mouth’ design which allows you to top up your tipple with ice cubes — and makes for easier cle...

PITLOCK skewers, £39, www.londonfieldscycles.co.ukPublished: 11:35am 06 May 2011

Similar in idea to the Pinhead skewers we previously tested, but offering even greater reassurance as there’s 256 different ‘Pit key’ combinations to deter thieves. Fitting is straightforward: simply remove your old skewers and...