It’s January sales time! Now’s a great time to hunt for a bargain, and there’s loads to be had. Many bike shops and companies will be selling off their 2013 stock at reduced prices, though of course the chances are there won’t be full size and colours ranges available.
They’ll also be switching from winter to summer gear soon, so it’s a good time to stock up on winter kit for the rest of the spring, and in anticipation of winter 2014 – it’s all about the planning!
So here are a selection of the top bargains we’ve spotted while avidly scouring the world of the internet for cycling goodies. Click through and enjoy - happy shopping!
[part title="1. Camelbak Spark hydration pack"]
We’re currently testing this women’s specific hydration pack (stand by for the review!) and it’s performed impressively. Very lightweight, it’s designed for the female form, and is very comfortable to wear. It’s got a raft of great features, not least the water reservoir which sits low around the lumbar region of the back, so less sloshing around while you ride.
It’s on sale at various shops online, and we’ve seen it for as little as £49.99!
Size: 10l, with a 2l water resevoir
Colours: Pirate black/cerise, and Capri breeze/frost grey
More info: Camelbak
Price: on sale from £49.99 (RRP £79.99,)
[part title="2. Trail42 handcrafted mug"]
If you like your post-ride cuppa in a handcrafted earthenware bicycle-themed mug, then you’ll love this offering from Forest of Dean-based company Trail42. They also produce a range of eco-friendly tech tees made of bamboo and organic cotton (and some of those are in the sale too!)
Price: £9.50 (RRP £12.50)
[part title="3. Rapha Women’s Classic Wind Jacket"]
Grab yourself some classic Rapha cycle chic with a piece of performance gear at a well-reduced price. This jacket is windproof, water-resistant and highly breathable, so it’s a great item to have for changeable spring days.
There are a good range of colours and sizes still available too! We know their kit performs well, as our reviewer loved their waterproof jacket.
More info: Rapha
Colours: Red, Purple, Cream
Sizes: XXS, S, M, L, XL (not all available in all colours)
Price: £100 (RRP £170)
[part title="4. Lezyne Power Drive XL Fully Loaded"]
Looking for a light for those dark mornings on the road, or those winter night rides? You’re in luck! The super-sleek Power Drive XL light from Lezyne has 400 lumens – plenty bright enough to light up unlit roads. The ‘fully loaded’ option comes with a backup battery and a helmet mount.
Colours: Silver, Black
Price: From £64.99 (RRP £99)
[part title="5. Accessories galore"]
Keep snug in the cold, dry in the rain, and generally all round pleased with yourself with accessories that keep the elements out for a bargain price.
Hincapie Power Beanie
Windproof, breathable, stretchy and thin (so it should fit under a helmet) and a whopping 50% off? Yes please!
More info: Hincapie at Evans Cycles
Price: £9.99 (RRP £19.99)
GORE Countdown Gore-tex Gloves
Toasty warm fingers are not only a pleasure, they make it much easier to control your bike. These ones are insulated and waterproof too. Perfect for mountain bikers and commuters.
More info: Wiggle
Price: £41.99 (RRP £59.99)
Sealskinz waterproof ankle-length sock
Avoid wet feet and soggy socks. These breathable merino offerings from Sealskinz will keep your feet dry and warm, whether you’re cycling to work or to the hills.
More info: Sealskinz
Price: From £21.99 (RRP £24.95)