As much as we lovely riding our bikes for fun, for fitness and freedom, we will always make safety our number one focus before setting out on any journey.
For any cyclist, it's important to ensure you and your bike are ready to ride. Checking over the bike, tyre and suspension pressures, and making sure it's all running smoothly is a great way to start any ride.
When riding in low light conditions, there are some extra precautions you can take to help make you stand out. Commuter cycling lights are a legal requirement, but you can maximise the effect by wearing reflective clothing. As we're heading into the colder months, now is a good time to consider how well you can be seen in the dark.
Fortunately, there are some new pieces of kit coming to the market which promise to do exactly that. One fledgling cycle brand is Carney, who have launched their kick starter campaign for women's reflective apparel.
The founder of Carney is avid rider, and ex semi-pro cyclist, Ros Clitheroe. After being knocked off the bike twice, she's teamed up with a team of British designers to bring new ultra reflective kit to our lives.
Cycling is a passion for Ros, who rides frequently with her local club, and she's put everything into this project to help keep cyclists seen, and keep them safe. Carney have spent a lot of time developing reflective arm warmers which are now ready for production. By pledging to the Carney Kickstarter campaign, you can secure yourself one of the first pairs from the production line.
The arm warmers have reflective beads embedded into the material which shine like a beacon in the daytime and at night. These beads allow the arm warmers to reflect low levels of light, without having to use any garish bright high-vis colours.
The high quality Italian performance fabric has been tried and tested to move with the body, keep you warm and keep you seen. The reflective beads within the fabric are durable and lasting, so they won't wash or rub off either.
The arm warmers will retail for £35, but early-bird Kickstarter pledges can secure theirs for £25. Carney are hoping to raise just over £13,000 to bring their product to the market and they have until October 1st to make that happen.
For more information about Carney's reflective arm warmers, and to make a pledge, head over to their Kickstarter page here.
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