Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Glow Get; Technology from Flashing Helmets to Luminous Jackets, Phoebe Luckhurst Has a Guide to Being Seen on Your Bike as the Nights Draw In

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Glow Get; Technology from Flashing Helmets to Luminous Jackets, Phoebe Luckhurst Has a Guide to Being Seen on Your Bike as the Nights Draw In

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Byline: Phoebe Luckhursth

WHILE summer riding feels carefree and nonchalant -- grab a lock and get into gear -- saddling up for the September commute requires a kit list. You must have lights on the front and rear and a robust lock for leaving your bike outside the office all day. A compass is useful if you're trialling a new route, and you will certainly need a jacket.

Don't spin off: this is the kit you need to make it to spring safely.

1. The smart helmet: Lumos The Lumos helmet is a multi-tasker. As well as cushioning that valuable brain it also incorporates lights and brake and turn signals: pair it with the GPS app on your phone and it reads the rest. The battery lasts about six hours on flashing mode, and three on continuous. PS160, uk.lumoshelmet.co 2. The flashy lights: Blaze Laserlight Cyclists covet the Blaze Laserlight. Attach it to the front of your bike and it will project a green bike symbol six metres in front of you, giving passing vehicles a better sense of your position on the road -- even in their blind spots. And if you don't need the laser, just switch it on and you have a powerful 300 lumen bike light.

PS125, shop.blaze.cc 3. The multi-taskers There are also WingLights -- which recently lit up Dragons' Den. Fix them to the end of your handlebars and they work as LED indicators, making your intentions clear to vehicles. The lights are intended to solve a very real danger: 75 per cent of accidents occur at junctions. PS27, cycl.co.uk 4. Best lights for a small budget You don't have to spend big to be safe. The Lezyne Femto Drive LED Light Set is a compact pair of front and rear lights whose size belie their power. They strap on easily and have five flash settings . The beam also promises to improve your visibility from the side: useful for when you're snaking through rush hour traffic. …

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