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As cliche as it sounds, I would love to be a Pashley owning cyclist, cruising about in a pretty dress with a bunch of flowers and a baguette in my bike basket. The reality is that I live in rural village surrounded by hills and A class roads, which demand to be approached with a bit more vigour that could be sustained on a sit up and beg Dutch style bike! Our village is also a popular spot for the local road club, who do a weekly competitive cycle through here. So it’s pretty much hardcore cycling central over here.
I have a hybrid bike (a Marin Larkspur) which handles the roads and paths around here really well. And to indulge in my girly side, a vintage Raleigh road bike from the seventies, which is very pretty, but not entirely practical (I can’t quite get used to the gear lever being on the frame rather than handlebars) and has sadly sat in my shed neglected for quite a while and is in probable need of some TLC.
Instead of digging it out from the shed and fixing it up, I’ve been procrastinating – I’ve been searching the internet for some stylish cycling accessories that are practical as well as pretty. Here are my finds:
All of these stylish cycling accessories fall into the pretty category. Some would be nice to have but not essential, but some accessories are essential. Lights (front and rear) are a must if you’re planning on doing any cycling early morning or at night. As well as being dangerous you can receive a £30 fine for each light that is missing – a total of £60 if both lights are missing. A good lock is a must, preferably a D lock (some might call it a U lock) as it’s harder for thieves to cut through than cable locks. The Knog Strongman is pricey but it’s one of the best on the market. If you can’t stretch to a Strongman then buy the very best you can afford – I have a Kryptonite one, much like this one, and it’s pretty heavy duty.
I’d also recommend a bell to let pedestrians know that you’re coming up behind them. It’s difficult to hear a bike sometimes, and it’s just common courtesy. Helmets aren’t required by law, but I’d always recommend them (try wearing a silk scarf under your helmet to help banish helmet hair if you’re blighted by it). And light coloured clothing is always a good idea, especially if you’re cycling at night.
I’ll be back with some practical cycling tips soon!
Main image c/o Bobbin Bicycles.