The best gear, gadgets and garments for your bespoke bicycle in 2018
We’ve scoured chic cycling stores and be-spoke boutiques the world over to find the latest and greatest outerwear collections and a range of slick cycling accessories that mean there’s no excuse not to get on your bike.
Wrap up in the latest ergonomic outerwear, and stay safe with the help of smartphone-compatible, collapsible helmets and other tech-forward protective wear. Stay on course with the latest in smart cycle design, with the likes of handlebar-mounted navigator tools and sound-switchable bike bells, and tidy up with the help of bike butlers and good-looking locks.
‘Pickwick Reflective’ backpack, £340, by Brooks England
As part of a move towards lifestyle products catered to the style-conscious commuter, Brooks England has found the perfect meeting point between functionality and looks with its newest backpack, the ‘Pickwick Reflective’. Made by hand, the bag is composed of perforated vegetable-tanned Tuscan leather, set atop a highly reflective backing. When struck by light, the bag powerfully reflects it back, providing increased visibility during the darker hours. A roll-top sealing system keeps belongings secure (additional internal pockets provide further storage capabilities), and webbed shoulder and front straps keep weight distributed evenly – great for hopping on the bike and heading to work.
‘Laminar Bike’ collection, by Herno
The new six-piece ‘Laminar Bike’ collection, by Herno, demonstrates the Italian luxury outerwear brand’s rigorous attention to ergonomic design. The collection includes a raincoat, parka and vest, which are all made using Gore fabrics, and are water- and wind-resistant, and breathable. Garments come with thermo-taping, foldable gloves, adjustable hoods, smart pockets, and road-friendly reflective details.
Pictured, Jacket, €830, by Herno. Trousers, £279, by Aeance. Fixes-gear Wudu bike, £3,825, by Materia Bikes, from The Conran Shop. Photography: Gareth Powell. Fashion: Lune Kuipers
‘Lochness’ lock, €59, by Francesco Toselli, for Palomar
Chunky chains are a thing of the past thanks to this pliable bike lock in metal and silicone, which wraps effortlessly around any bike rack or post.
‘Neos’ bike butler, £1,410, by Vadolibero
With an elliptical form and high-gloss finish, this freestanding ‘cyclist’s assistant’ combines a bike rack with compartments for a helmet, cycling apparel and accessories. Photography: Gareth Powell
Helmet, $147, by Closca
This collapsible helmet comes with an interchangeable visor and cleverly concealed air vents. An NFC chip at the top can connect to a smartphone for emergency calls.
‘Nello’ bike bell, €24, by Odo Fioravanti, for Palomar
A rubber bell that offers a choice of three sounds, this has a magnetic base and separate rubber supports, so it can be easily detached when not in use.
‘Beeline’, £99, by Beeline with Map Project Office
This handlebar-mounted device, which connects to a smartphone, displays the direction and distance to the user’s destination, without prescribing a specific route. §
A version of this article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Wallpaper* (W*229)