Everything tagged with accessories

Blog post: BOARDMAN bottlecage, £35, www.boardmanbikes.com

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...

Blog post: BBB Griffon, £49.95, www.windwave.co.uk

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...

Blog post: CROOZER KID for 2, £395, www.croozer.co.uk

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...

Blog post: Osprey Escapist 30L, £75. www.ospreypacks.com

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 ...

Blog post: Basil Jada-Bag Basket, £36.99, www.madison.co.uk

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...

Blog post: Bell Tater, £24.99, www.bellsports.com

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...

Blog post: Bell Faction Paul Frank, £35, www.bellsports.com

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...

Blog post: Bobike Mini+, £70.95, www.greyville.com

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 ...

Blog post: LIGHT&MOTION Vis 360, £139.99, www.madison.co.uk

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...

Blog post: ONE23 Ultra Bright/Super Bright, £35.49, www.todayscyclist.co.uk

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)...

Blog post: CATEYE Velo Gift Set, £34.99, www.zyro.co.uk

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...

Blog post: PDW Spaceship/Radbot £35 www.paligap.cc

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...

Blog post: ELECTRON Millis, £29.99, www.madison.co.uk

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...

Blog post: LEZYNE Super Drive, £99.99, Mini Drive, £49.99, www.upgrade.co.uk

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...

Blog post: SQUIRE Mako CN8/900 lock, £40, www.squirelocks.co.uk

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...