Our top picks for casual cycling

SmartHalo 2 - The bike computer for urban commuters
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Our top picks for casual cycling

Riding your bike is rarely a race - and it needn't look like one. Cycle editor, Dan Joyce looks at casuals.

Our top picks

Axa Classic £10


That rare thing: a battery headlight that bolts to your bike. Runs for 50 hours on 2xAAA batteries (included). Output is 4 lux, enough for a 15m beam. Available in chrome or black. 

SmartHalo 2 £131


The bike computer for urban commuters? It links to your phone and functions as a navigation device, fitness tracker, 110dB alarm, and 250 lumen light. It also alerts you to incoming calls and gives weather updates. 

Cube Cargo Hybrid £4,449


German bike giant Cube throws its hat into the e-cargo ring with a Bosch CX-drive front loader. Optional bench seat, seatbelts, and rain canopy. 

Vaude Womens Skomer II Dress £90


A lightweight dress that packs small, dries quickly, and doesn’t need ironing. Handy for touring. On offer at Cotswold Outdoor at £49 at time of writing. Sizes: XXS-XXL.

Brompton London Waterproof Jacket £150


This jacket is waterproof (15k) and breathable (also 15k) but doesn’t shout ‘cyclist!’ off the bike. There are zipped underarm vents, fold-away reflective panels, and plenty of pockets. 

Cannondale Treadwell EQ £799.99


A fattish-tyred cruiser with 1x9 gearing, hydraulic discs, a porteur rack, mudguards, and a more upright riding position. An aluminium frame and fork keep the weight down. 

Alpkit Woodsmoke Mountain Shirt £59


Made from Thermotech polyester that insulates well, dries quickly, and has a bit of stretch for a better fit, this flannel shirt would suit mountain biking, bikepacking, or touring. 

Practical pedalling

For more information about commuting and transport cycling, visit our commuting advice page.

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