Essential cycling equipment for the Christmas wish list

Cycling on road in the rain

With Christmas fast approaching it’s the ideal time for all the cycling enthusiasts out there to stock up on all the cycling must haves from friends and family. Whether it’s upgrading some essential equipment you already have, or a special treat you’ve had your eye on for a while.

The cyclist Christmas Wish List will help to ensure your safety whilst out on the road as well as making the experience more enjoyable.

Here are some essential, and not so essential, bike equipment items you may want to add to your list this year:

Pedal reflectors

Whilst it’s highly unlikely a cyclist would be penalised generally for not having reflectors on their bike at night, it is a legal requirement outlined in the Highway Code.

Failure to have pedal reflectors can be used as an argument for contributory negligence in personal injury claims.

Rule 59 of the Highway Code provide recommendations for cyclist clothing and states “You should wear reflective clothing and/or accessories (belt, arm or ankle bands) in the dark.”

Rule 60 of the Highway Code goes on to state “At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85).”

Manufacturers should be making bikes fit for purpose and ensuring they meet all legal requirements. However, many bikes are not fitted with pedal reflectors when bought which has resulted in speculation as to how cyclists can then be scrutinised for cycling without them at night.

Pedal reflectors are an extra cycling accessory to make you more visible to road users in those dark winter months. So for peace of mind, and to avoid any potential penalties on compensation should you be involved in an accident, it is recommended you add a set to your list this Christmas – especially if they are mentioned in the Highway Code.

Winter cycling clothes

It is the season of cold and unpredictable winter weather and a good rain jacket and warm clothing is a must.

Items such as tights for wearing under shorts, warm socks, waterproof hats and gloves are essential to maintain enjoyment for cycling in the winter.

Cycling computer

A cyclist’s best friend whilst on the road!

Not only useful but it can increase your enjoyment and motivation. The latest computers can help you check your progress on things like distance, maximum speed, calories burned, average speed, power and even time spent pedalling.

Helmet camera

Helmet cameras allow you to capture film footage whilst maintaining full control of your bike.

If you are unlucky enough to be involved in an accident then camera footage can provide valuable evidence – especially if a third party attempts to dispute any claims of liability.