Top five accessories to be seen in when the clocks change for winterOctober 20th 2020
On the morning of Sunday 25 October, the clocks go back as the UK reverts to Greenwich Mean Time. For commuters and all electric bike and electric scooter riders alike, this means that the evenings draw in sooner while the mornings remain dim too.
At this time of year, it’s more important than ever to ensure that you can be seen by others.
So, to help you prepare for the longer, darker evenings, we’ve put together the top five accessories that will help you stay safe and be seen on the bike (and e-scooter too!). Plus, we’ll even pick out some great options if you’re after a quick and easy solution!
Installing lights isn’t just a ‘nice to have’, it’s actually a legal requirement in the UK to have lights installed and switched on if you’re out on your e-bike when the sun is below the horizon.
It’s also smart to have a particularly bright set of lights too. Light technology has improved drastically in recent years, and they can now be as bright and visible as car lights. Look out for flashing and disruptive modes that can help catch the eye of other road users, while a front light with a high lumen output will help shine a path in front of you if you ride in unlit areas.
2. High visibility clothing & accessories
Another key contributor to being seen in dark conditions is wearing high visibility clothing. Although not always the most fashionable items, high visibility clothing works to boost the chances of being seen because of its contrast with natural lighting and colours.
High visibility items can either come in traditional bright fluorescent colours, or with silver-coloured material that incorporates some form of light-reflecting fibres to shine the light back at the source. A combination of both, as found in the Madison Stellar Reflective jacket, can give you the best of both worlds.
While not a legal requirement, helmets are a safety accessory that Pure Electric firmly believes should be worn at all times, whether you’re riding an e-bike or e-scooter. Should you strike it unlucky and fall, it’s really important to make sure that you’ve protected your head from impacts.
Helmets can also be a preventative measure too. Models are now appearing on the market that include added safety features such as lights, like the new Thousand Chapter Helmet which can boost visibility. While it can be argued that simply wearing a helmet can signify that you’re conscious about your safety, these additional features can be a very positive reinforcer for other road users around you.
4. Waterproof jacket
Unfortunately, autumn and winter heralds the start of worsening weather conditions. Rain is practically guaranteed in the UK, which is why a waterproof jacket is so important if you want to keep riding in changeable weather.
When looking for a waterproof jacket for use on a bike, look out for a dropped tail and longer arms. This helps to prevent the back riding up when you lean forward on the handlebars, while the added arm length stops the cuffs pulling up too.
When out riding, it’s really important to stay in full control of your bike or e-scooter. During the winter, even if the temperature is relatively mild, windchill can cause your hands and fingers to lose mobility, restricting your ability to brake and steer. Plus, it can be downright uncomfortable!
A high-quality pair of full-fingered gloves can help you to avoid these problems. For maximum effectiveness, we recommend gloves that are waterproof, complete with a windproof layer to protect you from the worst of the conditions. Also, for deep winter riding in the coldest temperatures, consider a set with an inner lining for added warmth.
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