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Top five must-buys for new cyclists

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Because getting around doesn’t have to cost the Earth…

New Cyclist

By now we’re sure you know cycling is the coolest way to get around. Compared to driving or public transport it’s cheaper, often quicker and gives you a great workout too. (We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t mention it’s much kinder to the planet too).

If you’re a first time cyclist make sure you don’t go anywhere without these top five must-buys for new bikers…

Light up your life
One of the most essential items for any cyclist is  a set of decent bike lights. It is actually illegal to cycle on a public road after dark without lights so as well as keeping you safe it’ll also keep you from getting in the trouble with the Old Bill. Grab a pack of these Twin LED lights – they provide a very bright flashing or continuous light and easily clip onto the bike frame.

Locked and loaded
Your choice of lock is individual and personal. If you follow the mantra of two good locks then you are giving yourself a good chance of beating the thieves. Going Going Bike have a selection of high level locks for sale at great prices (you can even get an Oxford lock for only £16.99). For something more muscley there are also some great Gold standard locks available.

Protect your noggin
Love cycling but hate having to wear unfashionable helmets? We have great options for all those fashion-conscious females out there…

Described by the Evening Standard as “The Best cycling helmets for Pashley Princesses”, online ladies’ cycling fashion retailer Sawako Furuno sells some of the loveliest women’s bike helmets we’ve ever seen.

And if you don’t give a toss about how you look, grab a cheap and cheerful helmet from Amazon instead!

(G)love your ride
MacWet gloves are the ultimate ‘all grip, no slip’ technologically advanced gloves – perfect for anyone cycling around town in this not so lovely “summer” weather. They promise an unrivalled grip in all weather conditions, performing just as superbly when wet as when dry.

Be seen
You may think you’ll look a bit silly in a hi-viz top but trust us when we say – it’s better to look silly and be seen! If you can’t commit to a full hi-viz jacket, why not try this Hi Visibility Flexi-Viz from Going Going Bike? It’s the perfect super lightweight hi-viz belt to give you protection when out on the roads no matter what activity you are doing, with 360 degree visibility.

And because we’re not sure if the British weather is ever going to make up its mind, here are some tips for cycling in the rain…

frankensteinHere comes the science bit…

GC articles show you one of four ways (the one in bold) to live greener…

/ Be a winner (not a binner) /
/ Turn up the style (not the heat) /
/ Love the trend (not the spend) /
/ Do it in public (not the car/plane) /

Main image downloaded under a Creative Commons licence from MarioMancuso.

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