Autumn cycling kit: the lights, jackets and reflective gear you need as it gets colder and darker

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Wasn’t it only yesterday that we were cycling to work in T-shirts? Bet you’re not now.

Dig out those bike lights and don’t forget the gloves: that morning commute just got a hell of a lot chillier. Oh, and darker, if you’re one of those unlucky enough to leave the house pre-7.30am.

That plunge into autumn might happen every year but that doesn’t make it any less of a shock — and that’s before the clocks go back at the end of the month.

The upside of a new season? New gear. So it’s out with the bib shorts, in with the thermal layers and that snazzy new reflective jacket. Go on, you know you want to

The lights: See.Sense Beam+

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Connect this smart light with See.Sense’s app for crash and theft alerts, ride stats and light customisation.

It’s the premium version of the brand’s Beam light and is even brighter, adapting its brightness to your speed and light levels, increasing your visibility in places like roundabouts and junctions.

Trade in your old light (any brand, as long as it’s in good working condition) to buy it for a discounted £99. Just use the code DONATELIGHT and your traded-in lights will be sent to a charity called ADSUM that sends bikes and kit to Madagasgar.

£179.99, seesense.cc

The jersey: Rapha Pro Team Training Jersey

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Rapha’s new Pro Team Training Jersey features the brand’s signature stripe on the upper arm and Pro Team “convict stripes” on the back.

There are three rear pockets lined with a breathable mesh and long sleeves for those cooler mornings looping Richmond.

£105, rapha.cc

The jacket: Sweaty Betty Waterproof Cycling Jacket

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Yep, Sweaty Betty does cycling kit now. And it’s obviously some of the chicest on the market.

This season, its hero product is its rain-ready cycling jacket featuring fully waterproof fabric and taped seams for drizzly rides. There’s a clever open back panel so you can still reach in and access those pockets on the back of your cycling jersey.

£190, sweatybetty.com

The leggings: Madison Stellar Reflective Thermal Tights

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Reflective leggings, but subtle enough to wear to the pub. There’s a reflective print across the ankles and shins to keep you safe at night and a thermal, moisture-wicking Roubaix fabric to keep you warm and dry.

Silicone grippers stop them falling down as you ride.

£69, velovixen.com

The cropped leggings: lululemon Base Pace High-Rise Reflective Tight

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Luxury lululemon leggings, but make them reflective. These figure-hugging tights come with 360-degree reflectivity, a back pocket for storing your work security card and a continuous drawcord.

There’s no inseam so they’re super comfortable.

£108, lululemon.co.uk

The glasses: Bollé C-Shifter Sunglasses

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Bold and beautiful. These glasses also use a special Thermogrip thermoplastic rubber that’s specificaly engineered to get grippier when in contact with water and sweat.

The nylon frame is light, flexible and the adjustable nose piece and temple tips help you find the perfect fit so they don’t fall down your nose.

£145, bolle.com

The bag: Rains Rolltop Reflective Rucksack

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Rainproof and reflective. Rains’ classic rolltop rucksack is iconic among cycle commuters but this year’s edition comes with reflective bindings that’ll catch vehicles’ lights and light you up on the roads.

There’s a side-access laptop pocket, padded back panels and a zipped pocket at the front for keys and valuables.

£105, uk.rains.com

The helmet: Thousand Chapter Bike Helmet

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One of the safest urban helmets on the market, thanks to its 50 lumen magnetic taillight that runs for two hours in flash mode.

It comes with a secret PopLock feature for securing your helmet with your lock and special MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) technology for added protection against concussions.

£139, cyclechic.co.uk

The gloves: Rapha Brevet Reflective Gloves

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Your go-to winter riding gloves: padded, insulated and reflective. The redesigned wrist section features a bonded hem to avoid friction against the handlebar, with a streamlined velcro closure to reduce bulk.

There’s strategically-placed memory foam padding in key pressure areas of the palm to guard against nerve damage (yep, that’s a thing).

£80, rapha.cc

The socks: Proviz Mid-Length Classic Stripe Cycling Socks

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You’ve got the Proviz jacket and the Proviz backpack. But have you got the Proviz socks?

The go-to reflective kit brand has just launched a snazzy new mid-length socks for autumn 2022 and they’re guaranteed to get you spotted as you race the dark around Richmond Park. They’re breathable, moisture-wicking and feature outter facing seams to stop them rubbing and causing blisters. Choose from pink or yellow.

£19.99, provizsocks.com

The lock: Litelok Core Plus

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Wearable bike locks don’t get much brighter or more secure than this one. The latest edition of Litelok’s award-winning Core Plus model exceeds some bike lock security ratings while also boasting the flexibility and reach to lock up against fixed objects.

Attach it to your frame or wear it around your waist for extra visibility.

£139.99, litelok.com

The bottle: lululemon Purist Cycling Water Bottle

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No annoying bottle caps or screen-turn lids. lululemon’s squeezable bottle is specificaly designed for easy-access hydration at high speeds.

Choose from three different colours and patterns.

From £14, lululemon.co.uk