Gear reviews

Accessories

ABUS Granit-X Plus lock, £64.99, www.abus.comPublished: 10:49am 06 May 2011

An oldie but a goodie, the Abus offers as much security as you’d expect in a Sold Secure Gold-rated lock. Clever design features like a parabolic, square-section 13mm shackle and double-locking mechanism add up to 
a very secure product. A...

YALE Maxi Lock, £29.99, www.yale.co.ukPublished: 10:46am 06 May 2011

A slightly different take on the cable lock from the home security specialists — here a steel cable encased in a tough plastic cover links to a small alarm system. A conductive core runs through the cable itself and the alarm is triggered ...

YAKKAY Helmet and Cover, £95, www.yakkay.comPublished: 10:43am 06 May 2011

 

There’s no need for fashion to fly out the window if you wear a helmet. This Danish-designed lid conforms to safety standard EN1078 and comes in three sizes, which you can fine-tune to fit your head using the supplied foam pads. Yo...

ORTLIEB Saddlebag, £37.50, www.ortlieb.co.ukPublished: 10:39am 06 May 2011

Every now and again you find that you don’t want to carry a rucksack or panniers, nor do you want to overstuff jersey pockets — and that’s when this larger volume (2.7-litre) saddlebag makes sense. We managed to fit two 700c ...

RESPRO Waterproof Flo bag cover, £24.99, www.respro.comPublished: 10:34am 06 May 2011

The Waterproof Flo (or ‘Hump’) provides instant waterproofing and extra visibility for
your backpack. It’s well constructed, with taped seams, and an uncomplicated but 
effective pair of elasticated straps allows it to shroud...

HAMAX Siesta childseat, £94.99, www.fisheroutdoor.co.ukPublished: 10:21am 06 May 2011

The Siesta is a rear-mounted childseat suitable for children from 9 months and up to 22kg. It is quick and easy to remove being mounted by a single bracket on the seat-tube (which doesn’t foul gear cables). The seat cantilevers from this...

OVERBOARD messenger bag, £44.99, www.overboard.com Published: 10:12am 06 May 2011

 

Made from internally padded PVC tarpaulin, this bag will keep your 17in laptop and papers dry in a storm. It has plenty of pockets and key loops, plus a wide strap and carrying handle. An unusual feature is a zip that secures all compart...

KEEN Commuter messenger bag, £85, www.keeneurope.euPublished: 12:00am 22 Jan 2010

The Keen Commuter is a Polyester waterproof shoulder bag that works well both on and off the bike, thanks to a big, comfy, adjustable strap and good weight distribution.
A cavernous, compartmentalised inside space means you can shove in your bulk...