Smart cycling: The best bike kit for staying safe on the roads



Cycle lane or no cycle lane, being truly safe on the roads means more than sticking to the highway code and remembering your bike lights for the pedal back from the pub.

For city riders, seeing and being seen is priority number one and mercifully, a new wave of high-tech kit has been designed to help you navigate London’s cycle network without being a danger to yourself or others. From sensors that warn of oncoming traffic to bottles that glow orange by your feet, this is your kit list.

Varia Rearview Bike Radar


Attach this rear light to your bike and head unit to your helmet and it’ll warn you of vehicles approaching from behind up to 140 metres, indicating its relative speed of approach and threat level. Your rear light will brighten and flash to notify approaching traffic that you’re there.


MAAP Ascend Pro Rain Jacket


Bright and beautiful. MAAP’s latest rain jacket is wind-proof, waterproof, and features reflective logo transfers for extra brightness in bad weather. It’s also the first cycling brand to be BlueSign certified, meaning its apparel is made from materials that are produced only using chemicals and processes that are safe for people and the environment, minimising air and water emissions.


Beeline Velo


Safe navigation: pair this stripped-back bike computer with your phone and it’ll guide you to your destination using a single arrow on your handlebars to minimise distraction. Keep your eyes peeled for the upgraded version, the Velo2, out soon.


Aftershokz Openmove Bone-Conduction Headphones


The only headphones approved by England Athletics to be worn during races, these headphones transmit sound through your cheekbones using tiny vibrations, so your ear canal is left open to hear fellow road users. Each pair weighs just 29 grams and comes with six hours of battery time, so they’ll last a week of listening to the radio as you pedal to work.


Orb Bottle Light


Ensure you’re seen from every angle. This water bottle doubles up as a bike light and glows orange in your bottle holder for 360-degree visibility. Choose from six light modes, from constant beam to flashing.


SunGod Airas


SunGod’s latest Aira sunglasses come with new 8KO lenses, the most advanced lens technology on the planet, for maximum clarity in all light conditions on the roads. They’re impact-resistant, scratch-resistant and come with 100 per cent UV protection.


Beryl Laserlight Core

You’ll have seen it shining out in front of Santander Cycles: Beryl’s Laserlight Core is trailblazing: a high-tech bike light that tackles the most lethal hazard for London cyclists — being caught in the blind spot. Alongside a supersonic white light, it uses patented laser projection technology to beam a laser image out in front of your bike so you’re always seen by traffic and other cyclists.


Hedkayse ONE


This lightweight, foldable helmet has been dubbed “the world’s toughest” and claims it can survive being hit by a bus or run over by a car. It’s the result of more than four years of research by a team of British designers and uses a pioneering wonder material called Enkayse, which dissipates energy on impact, rather than crumpling, meaning it’s still totally safe to use after a crash or a knock.


Proviz Switch Backpack Cover


You don’t need a whole new backpack to stand out on the roads – this reversible cover gives any bag the ultimate road-ready glow-up. One side is made from Proviz’ famous REFLECT360 material for riding in the dark; the other is made from waterproof high-vis material for staying bright in the daytime. Both sides come with an added loop for attaching an light at the back.




This free app is designed to automatically detect when you have an accident and alert your emergency contacts if you don’t respond in 30 seconds. Upgrade to Premium to create groups of contacts and activate panic mode, which lets you share your location with all your contacts with a single button.


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