It was a year ago when we first heard of Carney Cycling as they took to Kickstarter with the aim to raise enough funds to get their reflective sleeves rolling into production.
We’ve managed to get our arms into a fresh pair of their reflective arm sleeves and in perfect time as well now that the days are growing shorter. Founded by Ros Clitheroe after being knocked off her bike twice, Carney’s new reflective sleeves have been designed to keep cyclists safer in low-light conditions.
These sleeves are constructed from two main panels, the larger of the two being embedded with reflective glass bead technology which catches the light and reflects it back with a greater intensity than most other reflective technology.
The upper cuffs of the reflective sleeves are thick and lined with silicone to provide grip which certainly kept the sleeves in place throughout the ride.
While these sleeves are brilliant for helping you remain visible in low-light conditions, they’re not particularly insulating on colder riders although, at this time of the year, this hasn’t been a great concern of mine.
There are a few things I love about these reflective sleeves, namely that they survive the washing machine. Unlike some reflective materials which use “stuck on” reflective beads that come off in the wash, Carney’s use of glass embedded in the fabric means they stay bright and functional.
It’s also refreshing to have something that’s not high-vis pink or yellow, and something that isn’t plastered in silver reflective tape!
Carney’s sleeves come in one design and three sizes; small, medium and large.
As we head into the darker months of the year, now’s the time to consider how visible you are on the bike. Here you can pick up a pair of Carney’s Reflective Sleeves for £29.
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