The Pure Electric
Autumn-Winter 2020
Buyer’s Guide

With the nights drawing in, temperatures dropping and rain becoming more of an expectation than a surprise, the time has come to prepare yourself for winter.

 

Of course, we don’t mean battening down the hatches and hiding away inside – we mean getting your riding kit ready so that you’re prepared to keep riding through the darker months, keeping healthy and happy on two wheels.

 

This is Pure Electric’s dedicated Autumn-Winter 2020 buyer’s guide, packed with great advice and selected products that can make your winter riding more enjoyable.

 

The Pure Electric Autumn/Winter 2020
Buyer’s Guide

With the nights drawing in, temperatures dropping and rain becoming more of an expectation than a surprise, the time has come to prepare yourself for winter. 

Read more

Of course, we don’t mean battening down the hatches and hiding away inside – we mean getting your riding kit ready so that you’re prepared to keep riding through the darker months, keeping healthy and happy on two wheels.

 

This is Pure Electric’s dedicated Autumn-Winter 2020 buyer’s guide, packed with great advice and selected products that can make your winter riding more enjoyable.

The Pure Electric Autumn/Winter 2020 Buyer’s Guide

With the nights drawing in, temperatures dropping and rain becoming more of an expectation than a surprise, the time has come to prepare yourself for winter. 

Read more

Of course, we don’t mean battening down the hatches and hiding away inside – we mean getting your riding kit ready so that you’re prepared to keep riding through the darker months, keeping healthy and happy on two wheels.

 

This is Pure Electric’s dedicated Autumn-Winter 2020 buyer’s guide, packed with great advice and selected products that can make your winter riding more enjoyable.


Be Seen

One of the really fundamental things about riding in the winter is to make sure you can be seen. The winter months can be hazardous, with dark conditions resulting in reduced visibility, so lights should be your first purchase.

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Most urban e-bikes come pre-fitted with lights that are powered on the battery, but by fitting additional lights, you can really draw attention to yourself in an urban environment. Look out for lights and light sets that include disruptive flashing modes, which will help you stand out among other road user’s headlights and artificial street lighting.

 

For mountain bikers, the priority becomes more about being able to see where you’re going on trails. Here, opt for a powerful front light with a high lumen output that can floodlight the way, alongside a rear light. 500 lumens output or more should do the trick.

 

Remember, it’s a legal requirement in the UK to have front and rear lights installed when the sun is below the horizon! 

 

Alongside lights, you can also wear reflective high visibility clothing. While fluorescent colours aren’t always the most fashion-conscious choice – not since the 80s, anyway! – they do a great job of making you stand out against the dull colours of winter.

Be Seen

One of the really fundamental things about riding in the winter is to make sure you can be seen. The winter months can be hazardous, with dark conditions resulting in reduced visibility, so lights should be your first purchase.

Read more

Most urban e-bikes come pre-fitted with lights that are powered on the battery, but by fitting additional lights, you can really draw attention to yourself in an urban environment. Look out for lights and light sets that include disruptive flashing modes, which will help you stand out among other road user’s headlights and artificial street lighting.

 

For mountain bikers, the priority becomes more about being able to see where you’re going on trails. Here, opt for a powerful front light with a high lumen output that can floodlight the way, alongside a rear light. 500 lumens output or more should do the trick.

 

Remember, it’s a legal requirement in the UK to have front and rear lights installed when the sun is below the horizon! 

 

Alongside lights, you can also wear reflective high visibility clothing. While fluorescent colours aren’t always the most fashion-conscious choice – not since the 80s, anyway! – they do a great job of making you stand out against the dull colours of winter.

Be Seen

One of the really fundamental things about riding in the winter is to make sure you can be seen. The winter months can be hazardous, with dark conditions resulting in reduced visibility, so lights should be your first purchase.

 

Most urban e-bikes come pre-fitted with lights that are powered on the battery, but by fitting additional lights, you can really draw attention to yourself in an urban environment. Look out for lights and light sets that include disruptive flashing modes, which will help you stand out among other road user’s headlights and artificial street lighting.

 

For mountain bikers, the priority becomes more about being able to see where you’re going on trails. Here, opt for a powerful front light with a high lumen output that can floodlight the way, alongside a rear light. 500 lumens output or more should do the trick.

 

Remember, it’s a legal requirement in the UK to have front and rear lights installed when the sun is below the horizon! 

 

Alongside lights, you can also wear reflective high visibility clothing. While fluorescent colours aren’t always the most fashion-conscious choice – not since the 80s, anyway! – they do a great job of making you stand out against the dull colours of winter.

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Be Seen

One of the really fundamental things about riding in the winter is to make sure you can be seen. The winter months can be hazardous, with dark conditions resulting in reduced visibility, so lights should be your first purchase.

Read more

Most urban e-bikes come pre-fitted with lights that are powered on the battery, but by fitting additional lights, you can really draw attention to yourself in an urban environment. Look out for lights and light sets that include disruptive flashing modes, which will help you stand out among other road user’s headlights and artificial street lighting.

 

For mountain bikers, the priority becomes more about being able to see where you’re going on trails. Here, opt for a powerful front light with a high lumen output that can floodlight the way, alongside a rear light. 500 lumens output or more should do the trick.

 

Remember, it’s a legal requirement in the UK to have front and rear lights installed when the sun is below the horizon! 

 

Alongside lights, you can also wear reflective high visibility clothing. While fluorescent colours aren’t always the most fashion-conscious choice – not since the 80s, anyway! – they do a great job of making you stand out against the dull colours of winter.

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Stay Dry

The rain that inevitably comes with winter can put many people off riding, but with a good quality waterproof jacket you can keep on going.

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The great news is that you can often blend both high visibility and waterproofness in one garment, which means you could tick two things off your winter kit checklist in one go.

 

Alongside a waterproof fabric, look for features such as sealed or taped seams as well as a high neckline and adjustable cuffs. When riding, you’ll also benefit from having a dropped tail or storm guard for added rear coverage, and most waterproof jackets for cycling will feature slightly longer arms than regular jackets to help prevent excess crawling.  

 

Also look out for claims of breathability, which will increase comfort and help avoid a ‘boil in the bag’ scenario if the temperature is mild.  

 

Additionally, you may wish to consider waterproof trousers for additional coverage, while waterproof socks can really help protect your feet. While these won’t keep your shoes dry, they do help to stop water getting through to your feet, which can quickly chill when cold air gets through too.  

Stay Dry

The rain that inevitably comes with winter can put many people off riding, but with a good quality waterproof jacket you can keep on going.

 

The great news is that you can often blend both high visibility and waterproofness in one garment, which means you could tick two things off your winter kit checklist in one go.

 

Alongside a waterproof fabric, look for features such as sealed or taped seams as well as a high neckline and adjustable cuffs. When riding, you’ll also benefit from having a dropped tail or storm guard for added rear coverage, and most waterproof jackets for cycling will feature slightly longer arms than regular jackets to help prevent excess crawling.  

 

Also look out for claims of breathability, which will increase comfort and help avoid a ‘boil in the bag’ scenario if the temperature is mild.  

 

Additionally, you may wish to consider waterproof trousers for additional coverage, while waterproof socks can really help protect your feet. While these won’t keep your shoes dry, they do help to stop water getting through to your feet, which can quickly chill when cold air gets through too.  

Stay Dry

The rain that inevitably comes with winter can put many people off riding, but with a good quality waterproof jacket you can keep on going.

Read more

The great news is that you can often blend both high visibility and waterproofness in one garment, which means you could tick two things off your winter kit checklist in one go.

 

Alongside a waterproof fabric, look for features such as sealed or taped seams as well as a high neckline and adjustable cuffs. When riding, you’ll also benefit from having a dropped tail or storm guard for added rear coverage, and most waterproof jackets for cycling will feature slightly longer arms than regular jackets to help prevent excess crawling.

 

Also look out for claims of breathability, which will increase comfort and help avoid a ‘boil in the bag’ scenario if the temperature is mild.  

 

Additionally, you may wish to consider waterproof trousers for additional coverage, while waterproof socks can really help protect your feet. While these won’t keep your shoes dry, they do help to stop water getting through to your feet, which can quickly chill when cold air gets through too.  

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Keep Warm

Of course, winter means colder temperatures. Here, keeping warm on your ride relies upon a combination of layering – just as you would for any winter walk – but arguably more so when you’ve got wind-chill to factor in. Even on a still day, if you’re riding at 25km/h, then that equals a constant 25km/h wind.

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A windproof outer later (like you’ll find in a waterproof jacket above) will keep the worst of the chill off, but a thermal base layer or mid layer will also help to keep your body warm on a ride. Also consider a neck gaiter to keep out draughts too!

 

But, if we had to pick one key accessory to keep you warm, it would be gloves. When you ride, you need to be in control of your ride, which means you need to be able to use your fingers to work the brakes and gears, and grip the handlebars. Cold temperatures can interfere with your finger mobility, and so your control and safety.

 

Consider waterproof gloves that can keep water away from your hands, and for the extra cold days opt for gloves that have an additional lining for added insulation.

Keep Warm

Of course, winter means colder temperatures. Here, keeping warm on your ride relies upon a combination of layering – just as you would for any winter walk – but arguably more so when you’ve got wind-chill to factor in. Even on a still day, if you’re riding at 25km/h, then that equals a constant 25km/h wind.

Read more

A windproof outer later (like you’ll find in a waterproof jacket above) will keep the worst of the chill off, but a thermal base layer or mid layer will also help to keep your body warm on a ride. Also consider a neck gaiter to keep out draughts too!

 

But, if we had to pick one key accessory to keep you warm, it would be gloves. When you ride, you need to be in control of your ride, which means you need to be able to use your fingers to work the brakes and gears, and grip the handlebars. Cold temperatures can interfere with your finger mobility, and so your control and safety.

 

Consider waterproof gloves that can keep water away from your hands, and for the extra cold days opt for gloves that have an additional lining for added insulation.

Keep Warm

Of course, winter means colder temperatures. Here, keeping warm on your ride relies upon a combination of layering – just as you would for any winter walk – but arguably more so when you’ve got wind-chill to factor in. Even on a still day, if you’re riding at 25km/h, then that equals a constant 25km/h wind.

 

A windproof outer later (like you’ll find in a waterproof jacket above) will keep the worst of the chill off, but a thermal base layer or mid layer will also help to keep your body warm on a ride. Also consider a neck gaiter to keep out draughts too!

 

But, if we had to pick one key accessory to keep you warm, it would be gloves. When you ride, you need to be in control of your ride, which means you need to be able to use your fingers to work the brakes and gears, and grip the handlebars. Cold temperatures can interfere with your finger mobility, and so your control and safety.

 

Consider waterproof gloves that can keep water away from your hands, and for the extra cold days opt for gloves that have an additional lining for added insulation.

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Ride Safe

Good advice for all year round, not just winter, is to wear a helmet. They offer vital protection for your head if you do happen to fall off or have an accident, while there are many that are designed in bright colours that can boost visibility, effectively acting as a preventative measure.

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Urban style helmets normally feature a hard shell outer that stops rain from getting onto your head too, which is a nice bonus in winter.

 

You can also buy lights that can mount directly onto a helmet for even more visibility. Cosmo’s Ride Light can be fitted to the back of a helmet as well as a bike, and includes the ability to indicate by pressing a button on a remote control mounted to your handlebar.

Ride Safe

Good advice for all year round, not just winter, is to wear a helmet. They offer vital protection for your head if you do happen to fall off or have an accident, while there are many that are designed in bright colours that can boost visibility, effectively acting as a preventative measure.  

Read more

Urban style helmets normally feature a hard shell outer that stops rain from getting onto your head too, which is a nice bonus in winter.

 

You can also buy lights that can mount directly onto a helmet for even more visibility. Cosmo’s Ride Light can be fitted to the back of a helmet as well as a bike, and includes the ability to indicate by pressing a button on a remote control mounted to your handlebar.

Ride Safe

Good advice for all year round, not just winter, is to wear a helmet. They offer vital protection for your head if you do happen to fall off or have an accident, while there are many that are designed in bright colours that can boost visibility, effectively acting as a preventative measure.  

 

Urban style helmets normally feature a hard shell outer that stops rain from getting onto your head too, which is a nice bonus in winter.

 

You can also buy lights that can mount directly onto a helmet for even more visibility. Cosmo’s Ride Light can be fitted to the back of a helmet as well as a bike, and includes the ability to indicate by pressing a button on a remote control mounted to your handlebar.

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Transporting Luggage

The great thing about an e-bike is it can often also help you to transport luggage too. With pannier racks pre-installed on many urban e-bikes, you can carry everything you need for a day (or even a weekend!) on one.

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To protect your belongings, your pannier bags should be water resistant to repel rain fall and puddle splashes.  

 

If you prefer to ride with a backpack, then a waterproof model or one with a waterproof covering will help to keep your essential kit dry. Our chosen Oxford V12 backpacks come in a two bright high visibility colours too, boosting visibility as an added bonus.

Transporting Luggage

The great thing about an e-bike is it can often also help you to transport luggage too. With pannier racks pre-installed on many urban e-bikes, you can carry everything you need for a day (or even a weekend!) on one.

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To protect your belongings, your pannier bags should be water resistant to repel rain fall and puddle splashes.  

 

If you prefer to ride with a backpack, then a waterproof model or one with a waterproof covering will help to keep your essential kit dry. Our chosen Oxford V12 backpacks come in a two bright high visibility colours too, boosting visibility as an added bonus.

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Transporting Luggage

The great thing about an e-bike is it can often also help you to transport luggage too. With pannier racks pre-installed on many urban e-bikes, you can carry everything you need for a day (or even a weekend!) on one.

 

To protect your belongings, your pannier bags should be water resistant to repel rainfall and puddle splashes.  

 

If you prefer to ride with a backpack, then a waterproof model or one with a waterproof covering will help to keep your essential kit dry. Our chosen Oxford V12 backpacks come in a two bright high visibility colours too, boosting visibility as an added bonus.

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Protecting Your Bike

Winter can be particularly hard on bikes. With water, grit, salt and grime from treated roads, frames and components get exposed to a lot of wear and tear. Throw in sometimes freezing temperatures, and winter can become a real bike destroyer!

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In order to keep your ride in perfect working order, it’s really important to wash it regularly – reducing the eroding effects of all that dirt and grime. Ideally, you should wash your bike after each wet ride, but realistically a wash down once a week should stave off the worst wear.

 

Mudguards can also help if you don’t already have them installed. Not only do they protect you from added road spray from the tyres, but the frame from additional splashback too.

 

It’s also worth re-lubricating your chain regularly too. In the winter especially, chains can dry out and start to wear much faster. In order to maximise your chain’s life and efficiency (which in turn makes riding easier), we recommend cleaning and drying a chain before re-lubricating it.

Protecting Your Bike

Winter can be particularly hard on bikes. With water, grit, salt and grime from treated roads, frames and components get exposed to a lot of wear and tear. Throw in sometimes freezing temperatures, and winter can become a real bike destroyer!

Read more

In order to keep your ride in perfect working order, it’s really important to wash it regularly – reducing the eroding effects of all that dirt and grime. Ideally, you should wash your bike after each wet ride, but realistically a wash down once a week should stave off the worst wear.

 

Mudguards can also help if you don’t already have them installed. Not only do they protect you from added road spray from the tyres, but the frame from additional splashback too.

 

It’s also worth re-lubricating your chain regularly too. In the winter especially, chains can dry out and start to wear much faster. In order to maximise your chain’s life and efficiency (which in turn makes riding easier), we recommend cleaning and drying a chain before re-lubricating it.

Protecting Your Bike

Winter can be particularly hard on bikes. With water, grit, salt and grime from treated roads, frames and components get exposed to a lot of wear and tear. Throw in sometimes freezing temperatures, and winter can become a real bike destroyer!

 

In order to keep your ride in perfect working order, it’s really important to wash it regularly – reducing the eroding effects of all that dirt and grime. Ideally, you should wash your bike after each wet ride, but realistically a wash down once a week should stave off the worst wear.

 

Mudguards can also help if you don’t already have them installed. Not only do they protect you from added road spray from the tyres, but the frame from additional splashback too.

 

It’s also worth re-lubricating your chain regularly too. In the winter especially, chains can dry out and start to wear much faster. In order to maximise your chain’s life and efficiency (which in turn makes riding easier), we recommend cleaning and drying a chain before re-lubricating it.



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