Things to make life easier and better for you.
1 LED bike signals – £24.95 from amazon.co.uk
With this LED-based indicator system strapped on to your bike, you use the handlebar-attached control unit to tell those behind you which way you’re about to turn. The indicators also feature a hazard light function in addition to a beeping sound.
2 BikeHut hard case pannier, £19.99, from Halfords
Need somewhere to store your stuff when you’re out on the open road? These single panniers are sturdy and feature a quick release clip system for ease.
3 Knog Frog strobe lights – £11.99 each from firebox.com
Illuminators are a legal requirement at night-time and they’re vital for letting other road users know you’re there. These lights won’t take up too much room. They also feature a multitude of light settings that can be seen up to 600 metres away.
4 iPhone live rider – £62.99 from firebox.com
Those gym-based exercise cycles gather information, so why not welcome some of this techno wizardry on to your bike? Information from your journey is sent to your handlebar-mounted iPhone from sensors fitted on the rear wheel, giving you a real-time update of your progress.
5 Angel bicycle helmet – £44.95 from iwantoneofthose.com (pictured on the front page of Family Life)
A halo of LEDs, which can be set in flashing and non-flashing modes, ensure you’ll be seen from any angle. It is also 100 per cent waterproof and features an in-built retractable USB charger.
6 Spiderpodium – £14.90 from thesatnavwarehouse.com
This simple concept is executed perfectly. The bendable limbs allow for almost any gadget to be gripped securely while leaving enough spare to attach to the handlebars of your bike.
7 Three-in-one bike trailer, £74.99, from amazon.co.uk
This child trailer attaches to the back of your bike. Once strapped into the five point safety harness, kids are protected from the elements allowing them to sit back and enjoy the ride.
8 Topeak Bikamper – £130.83 from activesport.co.uk (pictured above)
This kit is small enough to be carried on the handlebars, but when unravelled forms a sleeping space for cycle adventurers. Remove your front wheel to form one end of the tent frame and your bike holds the other end of this clever shelter in place.
9 Ben 10 safety set, £10.99, from argos.co.uk
Younger riders won’t mind playing it safe with this set of elbow and knee pads, backpack and drinks’ bottle.
10 Sport-cam mini helmet camera kit, £99, from sport-cam.co.uk
This kit includes everything you need to mount a camera to your bike helmet and record everything you see. Handy for capturing family outings, your most daring escapades, or just the very bad habits of your fellow road users.