It's that time of year again... On Sunday 27th Oct, the clocks go back and suddenly its dark at 4pm. So you must get visible on your bike...
But don't worry this doesn't mean you have to abandon style and bust out a builders bib, you can do night cycling in style. Here's a few tips to help you glow glamorously:
1.Visible Upper Body- To ensure you won't be missed by drivers go for a reflective garment that can be seen clearly from front and back. The best solution for style is something you can put over your regular coat. Our complete favourite this Autumn is the Day Glow Doris Swing Jacket (middle), cute, vintage and highly visible. We also love the Miss Bobbin Sash (right) an the Two n Fro vest (left). All will give you are strong reflective element while keeping your style well intact. See High-vis/Reflective Clothing for all options.
So there's no need to sink into the shadows this Autumn, Be Safe, Be seen and Be super stylish!
A few more tips for night cycling:
Stick to busier, well-lit roads - Although little lanes may be lovely for summer cycling when darkness falls they can feel scary. Stick to well-lit roads when the sun goes down.
Keep an extra eye out for pedestrians - it can be hard to spot people on foot as they don't make a habit of strapping lights to themselves. Be extra vigilant at pub closing time as you may find a few wobbly pedestrians who's road crossing skills leave a little to be desired.
Make the bar or bike decision early on- If you know you will be having a few drinks on a night out, leave the bike at home so you can wend your drunken way home by public transport or taxi. Don't put yourself at risk and cycle home drunk - its' just not worth it.