1. Tenn Blend Jersey: Wake up and smell the coffee
It’s cool, stylish and made of coffee grounds. Yep, that’s not a typing error, the Tenn Blend Jersey is constructed from recycled coffee grounds that help you stay fresh even on the hottest hillclimb!
According to Tenn the grounds infuse the garment with high wicking and fast drying properties, and also offer excellent UV protection. There’s also mesh side panels to keep you cool and refreshed – or at least not boiled in the bag.
Price: £44.99 | Tenn Outdoors
2. Rapha Randonnee Shorts
The addition of six per cent Spandex to these gentlemanly knee-grazers means you can pedal all day without feeling restricted. Glowin-the-dark belt loops and a hi-vis material gracing back pocket and inside leg also add to the reflective properties of any overly-lilywhite legs.
£90 I Rapha
3. Water off a Duck's Back Cycle Blazer
As the name suggests, this smart Teflon-coated top is brilliantly water-repellant. It’s also flexible, with reflective panels under the collar, on the lapel and on the buttons at the cuff.
£180 I Wateroffaducksback
4. Levi's 511 Commuter Jeans
These slim-fit denims are perfect on or off the bike. Their two per cent elastane allows them to stretch, a NanoSphere finish makes them water-, dirt- and oil-repellant, and Scotchlite tape on the inside of the cuff makes for instant reflective turnups for late-night rides.
From £80 I Levi
5. Howies Etape Shirt
Want to be the smartest thing on two wheels? Slip on this work shirt with articulated arms stitched from pleasingly stretchy cotton fabric. It gives great freedom of movement, while embroidered eyelets in the armpits prevent unsightly sweat marks on your office attire.
£55 I Howies
6. Giro Insulated Vest
This handy extra layer of Primaloft insulation weighs just 25g and can be stashed in a pocket, yet will still protect you against the biting winds of a morning commute. A hidden pocket at the rear is the perfect, out-of- the-way place to stow a wallet or phone, too.
£130 I Giro
7. Vulpine Alpine Merino Jersey
A cyclist essential is given a luxe twist, with Lycra swapped out for breathable Merino wool. This short-sleeved shirt has natural odour resistance and comes in dark grey, green or blue. What, no yellow edition?
£85 I Vulpine
8. Brooks Leg Strap
Unless you’re wearing shorts, it doesn’t matter how fancy a bike you own – oil will inevitably find its way plastered to your nice beige trousers, and good luck getting that stuff off in a wash. The solution, if you’re not brave enough to bare your legs, is to get a trouser strap. Before you run and hide, they can look cool, like this leather number from Brooks which comes in a range of colours to help match your bike.
Price: £20 I Brooks
9. Rapha Transfer Jacket
On every ride you’ll, naturally, get warm, but inevitably you’ll end up getting colder than you expected, whether that’s when you’re stopped for some post-ride grub, or if the weather just turns murky after a nice afternoon. Trouble is, carrying emergency warm clothing isn’t always easy, but Rapha’s Transfer Jacket manages to be warm yet portable. The insulation is made of PrimaLoft ONE, an ultra-packable alternative to Down, and the Transfer can be stuffed inside its own pocket when you want to carry it.
Price: £190 I Rapha
10. Henty Wingman suit bag
How many of you have to wear a suit and shirt to work? We bet it’s quite a few, but unless you have changing facilities at your place of business, your only option is to wear it while you cycle. To avoid the horribly sweating mess at the end of the journey, wear proper cycling gear and take this Henty Wingman bag with you instead. It’s designed to carry a full suit – just pop your attire into the pocket, zip it closed and then roll it into a waterproof bag that you can carry over your shoulder. Genius.
Price: £119 I Henty
11. Chapeau N’eau shower gel
Sweating whilst cycling is an inevitable side-effect of this two-wheeled passion, so you’ve got to make sure you have the best possible cleaning solution once you get off your bike, but what if you’ve not got a shower, or worse – no time? Chapeau’s N’eau shower gel is a fine way to cheat people into thinking you’re fresh as a daisy – just scrub on the anti-bacterial magic and you’ll smell better in no time at all.
Price: £9 I Chapeau N'eau
12. Charge Scoop Saddle
Most bikes - even those nudging beyond the £1000 mark - tend to have an un-comfy saddle, or at least one that can easily be improved upon. One of the most popular replacement saddles of the last few years was the Charge Spoon, but its been slightly superseded by the Charge Scoop. Available in chromoly or titanium rails (the latter being slightly lighter and more expensive), the Scoop is a relatively inexpensive way of upgrading your standard seat. It's got a nice curved scoop for cosseting your deriere, but doesn't add bulk for comfort, and the waterproof microfibre cover means it's easy to keep clean. The Spoon is available in eight different colours.
Price: £40 I Charge Bikes
13. Park Cyclone Chain Scrubber
Cleaning a bike's chain is the least enjoyable and most difficult part of the maintenance procedure, but it's crucial that you keep the chain free of crud and well oiled for a smooth and reliable ride. You could grab a tooth brush and lots of elbow grease, or you could use the Park Cyclone Chain Scrubber, which attaches to the chain and - when combined with some chain cleaner - does the hard work for you. All you have to do is turn the pedals to get your chain looking like new again.
Price: £16 I Park Tools
14. Garmin Edge 1000
Garmin's latest cycle computer, the Edge 1000, is the top-of-the-range in its GPS lineup. It includes many of the features that come with the Edge 810, such as cycling-specific navigation and the ability to track all your activities, but it also has some great new ones, including a larger 3.0-inch hi-res display and the ability to connect to your iPhone or Android device and receive incoming texts or calls. The neatest feature, we think, is perfect for those who like a race, is in-ride challenges, where you can compete against other recorded segment times.
Price: £440 I Garmin
15. Slime Pro Lite Self-healing inner tube
These self-healing inner tubes might seem expensive on paper - and they are, sure - but they're worth there weight in gold, preventing you from having to sit around on the side of a road changing a punctured inner tube. Pre-filled with Slime sealant, these tubes will automatically repair a puncture up to 3mm, and these road versions (also available in MTB sizes) are light enough to not affect your cycling performance.
Price: £15 I Slime
16. Poc DID Photochromatic
Sunglasses are a cyclist's best friend - not only do they keep the sun from obstructing your view of the road ahead, they're great for preventing wayward gravel and suicidal bugs from blinding you when you're riding at speed. These DID Photochromatic sunglasses from Poc also have the added advantage of being able to adjust the level of tint on the fly, so if the sun decides to tuck in, the lenses will still allow you to see clearly.
Price: £210 I Poc
17. Eastpak Velow Ekspres
A stylish, rugged, 2.4 litre rucksack, the Ekpress boasts a padded laptop section that’s accessible from both inside and out, a light clip, an integrated travel pass holder, reflective detailing and quite possibly the worst-spelled, product name of all time.
Price: £80 | Eastpak
18. Giro Trans
Whether you race, cycle distance events, or just like to intimidate Brompton riders at the lights, you’ll find it hard to fault these cycling shoes. The Easton EC70 carbon sole is ultra-stiff and light, while the shape, construction and choice of three, switchable arch supports mean you may forget you’re wearing any shoes at all.
Price: £150 | Giro
19. The North Face White SIGG Bottle
Keeping your isotonic tipple or plain ol’ water chilled to artic-like temperatures, the aluminium bottle is lightweight and durable to take pedalling and long-lasting so you won’t need to replace it for some time.
Price: £16 | North Face
20. Polaris Quantum
Available in two screaming, flouro hues – and black, peculiarly – this might just be the loudest hi-vis cycling jacket on the planet, with reflective detailing for super-ultra-safety. It’s fully waterproof, natch, with a mesh lining to keep you cool as you pick up the revs.
Price: £90 | Polaris
21. Fenwick’s FS foaming degreaser
Not invested in a bike with a carbon chain? Then spray on this stuff, leave for a bit and rinse off. Scrubbing not required. It also work on the cassette and chain rings and shouldn't do any damage to that lovely paintwork.
Price: £8 | Link: Fenwicks
22. Hutchinson Fast’Air
Fix a puncture without taking off the wheel. Just attach this magic can to the valve, spray it in liberally and it fills the hole with sealant while reinflating it.
23. Rudy Project Rydon Impact X
Protecting your eyes from lowflying bugs, These cycling specs are made from carbonium frame and alumnium alloy that keep them light and unobtrusivethese with photochromatic lenses that darken when the sun shines, protecting you from UV foulness.
Price: £150 | Link: Rudyprojectuk
24. Knog Frog Strobe Front and Rear Light Set
Made to battle the elements, this silicone built set shoots a combined 50 lumens of brightness and will serve up to 80 hours of illumination from four coin cell batteries which are included. You can also take your pick from a series of modes including strobe and disco strobe if you want to cycle back into the 70s.
Price: £20 | Knog