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You don’t need tons of expensive gear to start cycling – here are the essentials to keep you safe and comfortable

Wesley Doyle, editor of BikesEtc magazine, shares his tips on the minimum investment you’ll need when you start cycling – with a few suggestions for extra comfort.

Don’t go without…

A HELMET Strangely, not a legal requirement – but I wouldn’t be without one.
Top buy Giro Indicator bike helmet, £34.99, Halfords

LIGHTS An essential, especially as the clocks change and nights draw in earlier than you expect.
Top buy FWE USB Re-chargeable 80/15 Lumen LED Light Set, £29.99, Evans Cycles

HI-VIZ GILET/SASH Be safe, be seen. Wear something bright and reflective, day or night.
Top buy Yellow reflective waistcoat, £6.99,

LOCK More than 1,200 bikes are stolen in the UK every day, so your lock needs to be robust. Don’t be cheap – you should be spending at least 10% of your bike’s value on security!
Top buy Hiplok Original (V1.50) Wearable Bicycle Chain Lock, around £56, Wiggle


Extras that make life easier…

MUDGUARDS Not all bikes have them as standard and you don’t want to arrive at work splattered in road muck.
Top buy Ass Savers Rear Mudguard, £6.49, Evans

BAG Go for a snug-fitting backpack, messenger bag or on-bike panier that won’t swing around and unbalance you as you ride.
Top buy Deuter Speedlite 10L Backpack, £31.99, Evans

RAINPROOF JACKET Choose one that packs away small so you can carry it everywhere and be prepared for changeable UK weather.
Top buy Castelli Squadra Long Water Resistant Jacket, £40, Wiggle

GLASSES Handy to keep the rain, dust or bugs out of your eyes.
Top buy Ultralight Sunglasses, £14.99, Wiggle

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