5 of the best cycling accessories and gadgets you can buy in 2017

Technology is helping people in every walk of life push the limits of what is now considered ‘normal’. Advances in technology and connected devices have had a huge impact on the world of cycling challenging our perception of what it means to be a cyclist.

Bikes have become lighter, lights have become brighter and a host of innovative cycling gear has, for the most part, made cycling easier and more fun for many people, with an estimated 3.5 million people saddling up and cycling at least once a month in the UK.

We understand that the incessant advances in technology can make it tough to keep up with all the new products on offer, that’s why we’ve put together a list of our top 10 favourite cycling accessories that look great and can help keep you and your bike safe.

Lumos cycling helmet

Lumos cycling helmet
First up is the Lumos helmet. If you’ve ever forgotten your cycling lights somewhere, you’ll love this gadget.

Lumos has capitalised on the idea that visibility is pivotal to a cyclist’s safety and brought the traditional cycling helmet into the 21st century by integrating 48 LED lights into its helmet.

Coupled with a wireless Bluetooth remote which fixes to your bike’s handlebars the Lumos allows riders to signal to other road users, with the rear of the helmet lighting up for left or right depending on which button you press on the wireless remote.

It’s also weatherproof and is rechargeable via a magnetic cable and is safety certified with Gold Standard Protection and EN1078 compliant.

Price: £159.99
Available to buy here

Delta smartphone caddy

Delta smartphone caddy

Phone holsters or caddies might not spring to mind when you’re thinking about staying safe when you’re cycling, but they do have an important role to play.

They’re perfect for those cyclists who are riding along a new or unfamiliar route, as they give the cyclist an easy way to view their phone’s sat-nav.

The Delta smartphone caddy is ready for any ride and laughs in the face of bad weather.

It’s easy to mount on the handlebars of most bikes and fits any phone with a screen size of 4.7 inches or less.

The Delta also has inbuilt speaker ports, ensuring that there is little loss in volume from your phone.

This means you can hear any directions your phone’s sat-nav shares, and you’ll also never miss a call.

If things get a little wet on your ride, the Delta comes with a waterproof bag to keep your device in and can be attached to the caddy itself, it also has the added bonus of being fully touch screen friendly.

Price: £30
Available to buy here

CYCL WingLights

Cycle WingLights

Drivers of vehicles ditched arm signals a long time ago for the more efficient and effective light signalling system we’ve come to know today.

So why are cyclists left to stick out an arm in the direction they are turning, in the hope that other road users spot them.

The CYCL WingLights aim to make that scenario an inconvenience of the past.

Originally a concept pitched to Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones and company on Dragon’s Den, the WingLights give cyclists an easy way to signal their intentions to drivers at any time of the day.

The WingLights are 100% waterproof and are easily fitted to most bike handlebars.

Once you have screwed the lights into the handlebars, they are ready to go.

One quick tap on the light that is pointing in the direction you want to go and the WingLights will flash a bright orange 16 lumen light allowing you to turn safely and keep both hands on the handlebars.

The CYCLE WingLights come in two models, one set screws into your handlebars. The second model has screw in mounts and magnetic lights that attach, meaning you can take the lights away with you if you have to leave your bike unattended.

Price: from £26.99
Available to buy here

Albedo100 Invisible Bright

Albedo100 Invisible Bright spray

The Albedo100 Invisible Bright is a spray like no other and is a true 21st-century product.

Designed as an alternative for high-vis gear, the spray is completely invisible during the day, but come nightfall it becomes light-reflective.

The spray can be applied to your clothes or directly onto your bike, and when light hits the transparent glue in the spray, it gives a shimmering silver glow, allowing you to stand out to passing traffic.

If after the first time you use it, you feel like it’s not what you’re looking for, you don’t need to worry.

The spray has no permanent properties meaning that a quick session in the washing machine and your clothes will be as good as new.

Price: from £10
Available to buy here

Aftershokz Trekz Titanium

Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones

Ever wished you could pedal along to the sound of Freddie Mercury belting out Bicycle Race, but didn’t want to risk your life blocking out the traffic with your headphones?

Cue the Aftershokz Trekz.

These wireless headphones utilise bone conduction technology to deliver stereo quality sound whilst leaving your ears open to hear what’s going on around you and helping you avoid accidents you might hear coming.

The Aftershokz come in four colours that will suit most people and are IP55 sweat-proof and secure thanks to their rubber coating.

Cyclists can typically expect to get around 6 hours of continuous playback, meaning these headphones are perfect for those who go it alone on long rides.

Price: £109.99
Available to buy here

There we have it, our 5 cycling accessories that you need in your life right now.

If you’re still looking to satisfy your gadget appetite, why not check out our best front and rear cycling lights from 2017 so far.

And don’t forget, if you’ve been involved in a cycling accident that you believe wasn’t your fault, you can get in touch with us today on 01625 506 672 or alternatively you can fill in our enquiry form and our team of experts in accidents involving cyclists will talk you through your potential compensation claim.