I am sitting in my office in the middle of the afternoon with the lights on. Despite the fact that it’s mid August one of the Weather Gods is having some kind of hissy fit and sending all manner of misery down on my garden. This, combined with the fact that I took a jumper out with me the other night reminds me that colder darker days are on their way.
Normally this causes a huge sulk on my part but, instead I’m looking on the bright side and realising I finally get to write a post I’ve been planning for AGES on ways to brighten up your bike ready for the darker evenings. See glo-cycling (as I’m naming it) is a thing. You can’t sniff near a crowdsurfing site at the moment without finding something that’ll make people more visible as they pedal. This week alone the news broke that London based designer Will Verity has created a cycling jacket that flashes as cars get near it. Look..
It’s not for sale yet, but that doesn’t mean you cant get your glo on in other ways. Check out the shiny things below……
1) Nite Ize Spoke Lights – how pretty do these make your bike look? But they also make you easier to spot. Priced from £6.95 for one wheel at glow.co.uk
2) Brainy Bike Lights: I’ve written about these before but they are awesome so they deserve a second mention. They are lights with little cyclist figures on them and studies show that motorists spot them faster than normal white or red bike lights because of it. £45.00 for two. Brainybikelights.com.
3) Useeme wristbands: These flashing wristbands create an indicator like effect at the end of your arms making it easier for motorists to see when you’re going to turn. After a successful Indiegogo campaign, they’re launching properly in October but you can sign up for early bird special offers on the price now at useeme.eu.
4) Glow in the Dark Bike Handle Tape: Also from glow.co.uk, it makes the front of your bike as visible as the back. £16.99.
Happy pedalling people. Remember – Be Safe. Be Seen. Oops sorry, just turned into a public service announcement there for a second. Erm, I meant Get Glo-ing people.