Five Best Black Friday 2017 Deals For Cyclists

Black Friday is great for getting that bit of kit or part that has been just a little too expensive to justify.

However, there are just so many deals it’s hard to know what the best bargains are. We’ve trawled all the sites and come up with these beauties for you. Please use the click through and help us keep Two Wheels Better going 🙂

Garmin Edge 1000

Garmin is the name synonymous with bike computers and, until recently, the Edge 1000 was their flagship model. Featuring preloaded maps, wireless uploads and live tracking the Edge 1000 is the ultimate companion on any ride. With a 3-inch high-resolution colour touch screen and turn by turn navigation, it is easy to operate and follow your route. Not sure where to head out today? Enter how far you want to go and the Edge 1000 will calculate up to 3 routes for you to choose.

The Edge 1000 is an extremely capable bike computer that will track more than just your metrics and with Black Friday Deals you can pick one up for 40% off.

RRP £499.99

Best price £299.99

Shimano Performance Windbreak Jacket

With the temperatures dropping we could all do with an extra warm layer. The Shimano Performance Windbreak Jacket could be the perfect option and now with 65% off, you’ve got no reason not to be warm this winter.

The front features a windproof material to prevent warmth escaping your core, with a brushed underside to keep the heat in. The rear of the jacket features a highly breathable fabric, allowing moisture to easily escape, stopping any feeling of clamminess and cooling down as you work up a sweat.

The jacket also features reflective strips all around to ensure you’re visible as well as zippered back and chest pockets to keep all your valuables accessible.

RRP £149.99

Best price £53.09

SealSkinz Lightweight Overshoes

The SealSkinz Lightweight Overshoes are the perfect way to keep your feet warm and dry on your winter rides when you don’t want to commit to a full winter overshoe. Providing protection from light rain with a water-resistant neoprene shell and a ‘Storm flap’ on the rear zip.

The reflective rear zipper improves visibility keeping you safer as the days get shorter so are perfect for longer rides as well as commuting. The overshoes feature an open underfoot design along with full-length rear zip and loop on the heel, to allow easy fitting when used with cleated cycling shoes.

An essential buy in the British winter and at half price in the Black Friday sales there’s no reason to have wet feet on your rides.

RRP £40.00

Best price £20.00

Tacx Vortex Smart Trainer

With the days getting shorter and colder the best way to get the miles in maybe inside. For some, the idea of riding a bike indoors defeats the whole point of cycling but with apps like Zwift indoor training is becoming more bearable.

To get the most out of your indoor training you will need a smart trainer. The Vortex is a more affordable option to get into interactive training, giving you a maximum resistance of 950 watts and the ability to simulate gradients of up to 7%.

It has both ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to use most of your sensors whilst training. The Tacx comes with its own dedicated training app or you can use it with many other third-party software such as Zwift and TrainerRoad.

RRP £399.99

Best price £307.99

Muc-Off Duo Pack Xtra Value Bike Care Pack

If you do decide to ride your bike outside this winter, it is inevitably going to get dirty. In order to keep your pride and joy clean and protected you’ll need some cleaning products.

The Muc-Off Duo Pack contains a 1-litre bottle of Biodegradable bike cleaner featuring their ‘Nano Tech’ cleaning formula. The bike cleaner is safe to use on all bike parts as well as yourself. The bottle is also refillable with their concentrated formula.

The Bike Spray protects and preserves your bike, keeping it cleaner for longer. The spray disperses water left from cleaning your bike and its high oil content helps prevent corrosion.

RRP £18.99

Best price £11.20


5 Things to Improve Your Visibility on a Bike

We all have to ride in the darkness sometimes, and for many people – early starters or late finishers – it’s part of the routine, whether for commuting or just getting out early (or back late).

And when that happens you’ve got make sure you’re as visible as possible. Here are five of our favourite products to use when you need to make sure everyone else on the road can see you.

See.Sense – Icon Rear Light

The obvious way to be seen while on the bike is with lights, so we couldn’t exclude them from our lisat of the best ways to be visible on a bike. However, the See.Sense Icon rear light is no ordinary bike light, it’s a USB rechargeable, 190 lumen light with 15 hours of battery (whilst on flash mode) and comes with smartphone app to check the battery.

What separates the See.Sense from other bike lights is that it is the only bike light that can react, by flashing brighter and faster, to any hazards you might be approaching. While connected to the app the light can text your emergency contact with your location if you’ve had a crash or let you know if someone is trying to steal your bike.

RRP £65

Best price £56.99

Moon – Merak Bar-End Rear Lights

Another light that will help improve your visibility while ridingise the Moon Merak Bar-End Rear Light. These lights have the advantage of being attached to your bar ends, giving traffic a better indication of how wide your bike is and hence more likely to give you more room.

The lights feature 5 modes, including a bright day flash mode and will last 100 hours with a CR2032 coin battery. The lights are mounted using a magnetic bracket for easy attachment and removal when not in use..

RRP £19.99

Best price £13

Lumos Helmet

More lights mean more visibility and having them integrated into your helmet make it that bit easier. Lumos haven’t just stuck some lights onto a helmet when they designed the Lumos Helmet, they gave it a USB rechargeable battery, wireless remote, turn signals and hard brake lights.

All these features in the safety-certified helmet will help increase your visibility on your next commute.

Buy from Lumos £159

Provis – REFLECT360 Men’s Cycling Jacket

Next on the essentials when trying to make yourself more visible is reflective clothing. The REFLECT360 Men’s Cycling Jacket takes reflective clothing to the next level. As its name suggests the jacket features a 100% reflective outer-shell, improving your visibility to hazards at all angles.

The jacket is also highly waterproof with has taped inner seams and waterproof zip as well as front, shoulder/back and underarm vents to allow you to regulate your body temperature. The jacket also has several zipped pockets to keep all your valuables safe when you’re cycling.

RRP £79.99

Best price £71.99

Prologo – OneTouch 2 Handlebar Tape

Perhaps more of a marginal gain when it comes to improving your visibility whilst riding but every little helps.

Prologo OneTouch 2 Handlebar Tape features reflective sections on the tape that, when wrapped around your bars, improve your bike’s visibility at both the bar ends and tops.

Also available in fluro yellow the tape provides excellent grip due to Prologo’s CPC material similar to that found on their CPC saddle range.

RRP £25.99

Best price £18.95

red bulls

Red Bull’s 2016 Foxhunt was a thing of beauty

The Premise

400 riders (the hounds) go hell for leather across moorland and down singletrack on a 3.5 mile course, chased by the mighty former DH champion Gee Atherton (the fox), who must do his best to overtake every last one of them before they reach the bottom.

The video

Here’s MTB commentator Rob Warner’s amazing and hilarious POV of the ride. It’s full of swears.

The result

Gee managed to overtake a grand total of 399 riders this year, with three-time winner Colin Ross managing to pull ahead early, and stay out. But it doesn’t really matter who won… what matters is the video below. It gives you a great middle-of-the-pack idea of just how bonkers this event really is. And after watching it, we’re tempted to give it a go. Pretty sure Gee could just about sneak past us though…

Tempted to give it a try yourself?