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GUIDE: Staying visible, warm and safe when riding after the Clocks Go Back

Here we go! British Summertime is ending – the clocks go back at the weekend, but with the right kit there is no need to stop riding through the autumn and winter.

Get yourself the right clothing and kit and there is lots of riding to enjoy on the shorter days like getting in the long winter miles, safe commuting, exhilarating night rides or even the thrills of cyclocross racing.

The UK reverts to Greenwich Mean Time at 2am on Sunday, October 30. That means all clocks are turned back to 1am at that time.

It might be the start of the winter season, but the good news is you’ll get a whole extra hour in bed on Sunday morning.

Light up, layer up, embrace autumn and get out and ride!

STAY VISIBLE

The most important aspect of riding once the clocks have changed is to make sure you are visible to other road users. It’s time to invest in new lights – front and rear – with enough power to make you seen and ensure that you have brighter coloured clothing with at least some form of reflectivity and visibility.Light sets

There are a number of bike accessories that can also help with your visibility.  Some mudguards have a reflective stripe, as do some commuting tyres, or adhesive reflective strips can be stuck to your bike. Lots of clothing, helmets or luggage items will have reflective patches which it’s worth looking out for when making your purchase.

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STAY WARM & DRY

As the temperatures tumble it’s also obviously very important to stay warm on your rides. If you have the right clothing, that’s doing its job properly, then you are much more likely to get out in the autumn and winter weather and feel safe in the knowledge that you’re going to be warm and comfortable whatever the elements throw at you.

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It’s time to think about whether your clothing selection is good enough to get you through the winter. Have you got warm base layers, enough mid-layers and is your jacket outer shell really up to the job?

Make sure that you have good quality options for all the three key layers – as you may know, layering your clothing is the trusted way to maximise your comfort and allow for adjustments. A good base layer (against your skin) manages moisture; the middle insulating layer protects you from the cold; and the outer shell layer shields you from rain and wind. As well as thermal baselayers, Roubaix clothing tops and jackets, don’t forget to think about tights, hats, gloves and socks for your extremities.

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STAY SAFE

Good lights and visible clothing will both help you stay safe this winter. Make sure that you also have the other accessories that won’t leave you stranded in the cold or wet.

It’s time to stock up on inner tubes and more durable winter tyres. If you’re riding in an area you are not that familiar with then a GPS unit is handy to carry and when the weather gets really cold consider carrying a tyre sealant canister to make punctures much quicker to resolve.

Whatever you do though, don’t let the weather stop you enjoying that ride!

See our Winter Wheel packages here

FOCUS: Getting the edge with the new Garmin 820

GPS technology has made a huge impact on cycling in recent years. What started out initially as basic navigation tools are now used to record all kinds of data about your rides (and with the Edge 820 those of your friends) and is even used to live track the progress of the top pro riders on the road in the biggest races.

Garmin are the undisputed leaders in GPS products for cyclists and the Edge 820 is the latest in the company’s line-up and aimed to keep you more connected than ever on your rides.

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As well as the main features such as touchscreen navigation that you’ve come to expect from Garmin products the Edge 820 has new features aimed at keeping you connected with family and other riders out on the road through the GroupTrack feature.

GroupTrack connects your Garmin to your smartphone and allows you to track other riders within a ten mile radius which is useful on a group ride or checking if your friends are out riding as well. The accelerometer feature is designed to detect if you’ve had a crash and can send a message to the emergency services with your location.

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Cycling Weekly magazine tested the Edge 820 in August – “Connectivity-wise, the Garmin Edge 820 is compatible with ANT+ sensors, and has a number of different metrics that will interest those doing serious training and riding with a power meter and a heart rate strap.  Namely it will estimate your VO2 Max and will also advise on how much recovery you should take after a ride.”

The Garmin Edge 820 is also compatible with Garmin’s range of Varia products which mean that you could project your stats onto your sunglasses and use with the Varia rear light and radar which warns you of cars approaching from behind.

“My favourite computer than Garmin has ever produced”

“Out of the box and the unit is very sleek with a smooth glass front and the buttons very well hidden at the bottom and sides of the unit. Aesthetically, this is my favourite computer than Garmin has ever produced,” say Cycling Weekly.

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GROUPTRACK

If you ride with friends, now you can use GroupTrack to keep an eye on everyone in your pack, even if someone pulls ahead or falls behind. Just glance at your Edge to see the connected riders in your group as dots on the map. If someone stops, their dot becomes a hexagonal stop sign, telling you how long they’ve been stationary. Also, see other riders in your group in list view, where you’ll be able to see their current speeds and how far they are from you. Although the ability to be seen is available to all riders using a LiveTrack-compatible Edge or Forerunner® device, cyclists must be equipped with an Edge 820 or Edge Explore 820 to view others on the map.

Time to upgrade?

Either side of the Edge 820 sit the top of the range Edge 1000 and the Edge 820 Explore which is cheaper but does not have the same performance features.

“A pleasure to use,” Cycling Weekly concluded about the Edge 820 so perhaps it’s time to upgrade your Garmin or enjoy GPS technology for the first time.

See full details of the Garmin Edge 820 here

Features
  • Lightweight and compact with 2.3-inch high-resolution, capacitive touch display that works with gloves and when wet
  • GroupTrack1 feature keeps tabs on everyone in your riding pack
  • Advanced performance monitoring includes VO2 max, recovery advisor, Strava live segments, FTP, performance condition and advanced cycling dynamics2
  • Built-in incident detection3 included; compatible with cycling awareness accessories such as Varia Vision™, Varia™ smart bike lights and rearview radar
  • Bike-specific navigation pre-loaded with Garmin Cycle Map for turn-by-turn navigation


Garmin is a world leader in satellite navigation and GPS technology. Since it was established in 1989 Garmin has been creating pioneering products to appeal to a wide range of customers. These include motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists and fitness enthusiasts, as well as leisure users in the aviation and marine markets. Over the past decade Garmin has been at the forefront of cutting-edge GPS technology and has led the way in setting industry standards. All Garmin units are made to be as user-friendly as possible. With simple operations, logical menus, smart features, and easy-to-follow manuals, each product is built to be intuitive and fun to use. The Edge and Forerunner product range offer all the features you would need maximize your training.

NEW IN: See What you’ve been missing with Oakley

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Oakley have been designing state-of-the-art shades since 1984 and they are the choice of no fewer than six pro World Tour teams as well as riders like Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Armitstead.

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Oakley Evzero.

They are the go-to brand for so many cyclists thanks to their unique blend of great optical quality and eye-catching, innovative design. As Cycling Weekly put it succinctly, “When it comes to sunglasses, Oakley is hard to beat.”

Oakley worked in collaboration with former World road race champion Mark Cavendish to create the most popular pair of sunglasses in the pro peloton, the Jawbreaker. Together they produced a pair of distinctive sunglasses that are guaranteed to get your friends talking.
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Known for its wide, wraparound lens, the Jawbreaker offers excellent peripheral vision with a wide uninhibited view. Adjustable arms ensure a good fit as does the comfortable nose piece.

Off, or on, the bike the distinctive Turbine has Oakley’s HD Polarized lenses which filter out 99% of reflected glare without the haze and optical distortion that can come with other traditional polarized lenses.

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Mark Cavendish Edition Jawbreakers.

Oakley innovation has reached the pinnacle of performance by offering everything from surge ports, for cooling airflow, to Unobtainium® components for a comfortably secure fit.

The hassle-free lens changing of Switchlock™ technology for vision optimisation in any lighting conditions. Choose the optimum lens for the prevailing light conditions with ease.

With a 40-year heritage of uncompromising excellence meeting the needs of world-class athletes isn’t it time that you decided to see what all the fuss is about?.

SEE THE OAKLEY RANGE HERE

GUIDE: Top Picks from our Recommended Cold Weather Favourites

A handpicked selection of some of our top Cold Weather Favourites… Ribble recommended Autumn products from Sealskinz, Spokesman, Endura, Campagnolo, Lusso and Elite…

USE CODE: COLD10 at checkout to save an extra 10% on these top Autumn/Winter picks.


Spokesman Merino JerseySpokesman Merino Jersey

Based on the Merino Thermoseal jacket, this jersey is an all-round versatile garment. It is constructed from New Zealand Merino Sportswool™. The fabric has a polyester facing for durability but a merino inner layer for thermoregulation. It is a soft and comfortable fabric which is also highly breathable.

  • New Zealand Merino Sportswool™
  • High Wicking and Hydrophobic
  • 3 pockets on rear and zipped valuable pocket.

RRP £100.00
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Our Price £90.00

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Endura BaaBaa Merino L/S Base LayerEndura BaaBaa Merino L/S Base Layer

Enjoy the naturally insulating and low odour properties of fine gauge Merino wool. Cycling Plus gave this 9/10 – “Silky-soft woollen baselayer offering plenty of warmth” – High warmth/weight ratio even when wet. All seams flatlocked for comfort Athletic fit.

RRP £39.99
WAS £40.84
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Sealskinz Performance Thermal Road Cycle GlovesSealskinz Performance Thermal Road Cycle Gloves

Premium gloves crafted from the finest components including digitally textured leather palms and Kevlar reinforced palm padding for grip and comfort. Totally waterproof, breathable and windproof ideal for keeping warm and dry during your Autumn and Winter riding.

RRP £55.00
WAS £41.95
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Our Price £37.76

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Sealskinz Thermal Liner SocksSealskinz Thermal
Liner Socks

Close fitting, ankle length Merino wool inner socks for additional insulation.
Can also be worn on their
own as a warm and cosy
pair of socks.

RRP £10.00
WAS £8.99
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Sealskinz Windproof Skull CapSealskinz Windproof Skull Cap

Close fitting, lightweight and breathable skull cap designed to be worn under a helmet. This sets the standard for additional three season protection against cold-weather.

RRP £20.00
WAS £14.99
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Sealskinz Merino Liner GlovesSealskinz Merino Liner Gloves

Increased comfort and moisture control with these close fitting inner gloves in fine Merino wool. Ideal to wear under waterproof gloves to provide additional insulation.

RRP £10.00
WAS £7.50
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Our Price £6.75

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THERMAL BOTTLES

Campagnolo Super Record Thermal BottleCampagnolo Super Record Thermal Bottle

Easy to grip, ergonomically shaped bottle featuring Campagnolo’s membrane technology. Thermal for 4 hours. Dishwasher safe and BPA free. Capacity: 500ml.

RRP £20.95
RRP £19.99
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Elite Nanogelite Thermal 4hr BottleElite Nanogelite Thermal 4hr Bottle

A ‘twin’ bottle construction with a full wrap of Elite’s Nanogel, a solid insulating material. Thermal for up to 4 hours. Easy to grip bottle that will fit in most standard bottle cages. Capacity: 500ml.

RRP £17.99
WAS £14.99
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ROUBAIX CLOTHING

Lusso Thermal Roubaix Tights (with pad)Lusso Thermal Roubaix Tights (with pad)

Thermal Roubaix fabric designed to keep you warm while wicking away moisture to keep you dry. Features Lusso’s pro gel pad and foot loops to help keep the tights in place.

RRP £65.99
WAS £61.99
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Ribble Roubaix Knee WarmersRibble Roubaix Knee Warmers

Roubaix lined leg warmers for when the temperatures start to drop. Pre-contoured construction offering a superior fit,
for extra comfort for the colder rides. With silicon leg grippers.

RRP £18.99
WAS £9.99
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GUIDE: Top picks from our recommended autumn favourites

A handpicked selection of some of our Autumn Favourites… Ribble recommended products from Oakley, Castelli, Continental, Knog Tacx, Catlike, Assos and SiS…

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oakley evzero glasses.jpgOakley Evzero Range

The ultimate sunglasses for training in low light conditions, EVZero™ Range is Oakley’s lightest performance frame paired with the larger Range shaped lens. PRIZM™ is a revolutionary lens technology that fine-tunes vision for specific sports and environments.

  • 3-Point Fit holds lenses in precise optical alignment eliminating pressure points
  • Unobtainium® earsocks and nosepads increase grip slip
  • Plutonite® Lenses offer top UV Protection filtering 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light

Our Price £140 –  Find out more


Check out this extremely gripping deal on one of our most popular tyres!

conti II tyre.jpgContinental GP4000S II Folding Tyre

The ever-popular Grand Prix 4000S has become the benchmark tyre for others to aspire to. With super sticky grip, on wet and dry roads – thanks to its advanced Black Chili compound – and puncture protection it’s the best all-round road performance tyre out there. Voted the ‘People’s Choice’ road tyre by readers of road.cc. Listen to what our customers say about the GP4000S II -“Excellent tyres, good grip in the wet and they seem to be hard wearing and durable, plus a great price from Ribble.”

  • Strong in every department – a real all-round racy tyre
  • Four widths for all requirements

RRP £49.95

Extra Special Price

£29.99

Saving an amazing 39% on RRP – Find out more


Knog four light set.jpgKnog Blinder Mob Four Eyes Light Set

A bright urban commuter bike light set ideal for those daily commutes during autumn and winter. Outputting 80 lumens of light at the front this bright light set ensures you are well seen to road users ahead of you.

 

  • Visibility Front: 1200+ metres
  • Low battery indicator
  • Integrated USB Plug

RRP £67.99

Only £61.19 – Find out more


Tacx T2080 Genius Smart Trainertacx genius smart trainer.jpg

A fully interactive trainer offering a realistic cycling experience, the Genius communicates via ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart using your smartphone or tablet and can also behave as a normal fluid trainer.

RRP £699.99

Only £629.99 – Save 10% – Find out more


sis fuel 3hr.jpgSiS Team Sky 3 Hour Fuel Pack

Ride like Team Sky with this bumper pre, during and post-ride pack from SiS.
Includes a Team Sky Rider Issue 2016 600ml Bidon.
Buy now at the very special price.

RRP £9.99

Only £7.19 Total Save 28% off RRP – Find out more


catlike helmets.jpgCatlike Whisper

The Whisper is a helmet that broke all the rules of design and it continues to captivate cyclists all over the world and boasts victories in the most important races including the Olympics and Worlds.

  • 39 vented air intakes
  • Coolmax padding set
  • Crash energy splitter

RRP £84.99
Use Code: CAT25

Only £63.74 Total Save 25% off RRP  – find out more


castelli wind jacket.jpgCastelli Gabba 2 Short Sleeve Wind/Rain Jacket

The updated original, aero and breathable, water-repellent coated jacket that is so popular with the pro peloton. Cycling Weekly called the Gabba “the one piece of cycling kit we can’t live without.” The Windstopper fabric keeps you warm and dry and the Gabba is so versatile it can be worn throughout autumn, winter and spring.

Our Price £140.00 – Find out more 


Assos Tiburu S7 Bib Shortsassos bib short.jpg

The Assos Tiburu s7 Bib Shorts are a heavier weight bib short with the added advantage of specific cold weather performance features making them perfect for riders who put in the miles in cooler conditions. Combine with knee or leg warmers and you have the perfect all weather pair of bib shorts, perfect for any riding conditions.

RRP £179.99

Only £107.99 Save 40% – Find out more


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The Special Edition Ribble Endurance really impresses in the October issue of Cycling Plus. The magazine award it 4.5 out of 5 and it’s only narrowly beaten in the six-bike test by a model costing £6000 – over double the price!

This carbon, disc-equipped Ribble Endurance with Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 comes in at the ever so slightly more reasonable £2,799.99 and you can customise a different build spec if you wish.

The Endurance is designed with an asymmetric rear triangle that has been reinforced on both sides to counteract the forces generated by both the disc brake and chain/drive side.

Perfect for your next riding adventure!

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