Deadly nightshade lights, a rather distinguished copper bell and a basket woven from tropical elephant grass: what more could you ask for?
First things first, if you’re after a city cycling kit, your primary purchase if you haven’t yet got one, should be of course, a bike. According to Vickers, the Roadster bicycle is 'the essential city bicycle for the modern man'. It's a timeless classic and every bit of it, from the frame to the tyres is made right here in Britain.
Bookman Lights, £16.95 (choice of four colours), Godspeed
Functional and stylish, these Bookman lights are result of a clever collaboration with The Deadly Nightshades and they come in four awesome colours with awesome names; Pitch Black, Sea Foam, Velo Yellow and Spoked Salmon. They're easy to attach and have three different light modes.
Bee Bi Cycle to Commuter Jacket, Bee Clothing, £295, Made in these Isles
This genius jacket from Bee Clothing serves as both a commuter and cycle jacket in one. Wear it as a lightweight regular jacket when travelling on foot, then reverse to reveal a waterproof hi-vis shell for wearing while cycling, combining both style and functionality. Hold us back.
Sorengi Copper Bell, Godspeed, £35, Godspeed
Dinga-linga-ling. You just won’t be able to stop ringing this beauty from Sörengi in all its shiny brass goodness when politely asking those walking commuters to shift out of your way.
George the Crew Bag, £150, Millican
This limited edition crew bag is the ideal urban cycling companion. Its deceptively spacious inside, with a main compartment for holding a laptop, and two large front pockets for storing valuables. Made from weatherproof organic cotton canvas, it will withstand the great British weather too!
Handwoven Bicycle Baskets (selection), £45, Godspeed
Jazz up your bicycle with one of these of a kind baskets, woven from tropical elephant grass. Each one is completely unique and made by hand, and comes with the name of their personal weaver stitched inside it. Bring a touch of the exotic to your handlebars!
Urban Poncho, Otto London, £88 (in green, blue and grey), Godspeed
Don’t let those unexpected downpours spoil your commute to work, with this rather fetching urban poncho from Godspeed. Pack it in your kit and you'll never get a soaking again. Made from Oxford Nylon, it's lightweight and most importantly WATERPROOF, and even has handlebar straps to keep your lap dry when it's extra wet.
Iceburg Bike Hanger, £350, Godspeed
If you can't bare to leave your bike outside in the cold, bring it indoors and give it pride of place on your wall with this stunning bit of craftsmanship by Iceburg. This bike hanger is made from oak and birch and its striking angles make it a work of art in itself. Your spanking Roadster deserves nothing less, surely?
Words: Sam Young