Best Commuter Tech: Essential kit for runners and cyclists
18th Jun 2012 | 14:19
While everyone might admire your eco-friendly cycle-to-work ethic, strolling into the office with a spray of street dirt up your back isn’t going to win you a promotion. Avoid the unsightly brown smatterings with these easy-to-fit mudguards.
They clip on and off in seconds, ideal if you work or live in place where people strip bikes like hyenas, while their super-slick design means your cutting-edge road bike won’t end up looking like it belongs on the canals of Amsterdam.
If the Nike’s too lightweight for speeding cyclists, then the Endura Stealth offers more robust wind-cheating and rain-beating protection.
According to the makers this jacket is built using the latest ‘ultrasonic welding construction techniques and external seam-sealing technology’ to create the first ever fully waterproof, breathable soft-shell cycling jacket. It sports waterproof pockets to keep your tech dry, including a chest pocket with iPod or smartphone port, is fully reflective and fits like a glove – even over your gloves.
With Britain’s changeable weather, smart people stick on a lightweight jacket before trekking home. Problem is most running tops lack pockets. So unless you’re carrying a bag on your back, you’ve got nowhere for phone, keys, cards and cash. Stashing your smartphone in your bag also means that Spotify playlist is annoying out of reach.
Thankfully the Nike Hurrican Vapor fixes this with three ample-sized front pockets. It’s light enough to be comfortable when it’s warm and it comes with a rain-dodging hood.
Carrying vital tech from office to home when you’ve got a bit of extra evening work to do is a big problem. Normal running bags are too small, standard rucksacks slide around your back like an oiled up elephant on a bouncy castle. This Osprey prevents that.
It’s made of lightweight fabric and has enough adjustable straps to create a custom fit. It’s also big enough to carry a laptop, tablet and a change of clothes but not too cumbersome that you’ll feel like your running or cycling with Wayne Rooney on your back.