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I live in the country and although I don't cycle everyday to work I do cycle at least once a week as it's good for my health and I like to try and keep active and exercise regularly by cycling and walking as much as I can.
Living in the country is great for the peace and quiet but it does have it's draw backs, when I first moved here there were not as many cars on the road as there seem to be now and our country lane was really quiet .
You could cycle and walk for miles without passing a car, but now 15 years later from when I moved here there seems to be a car every twenty minutes or more, as people now use this country lane as a short cut from the main road to the nearest town, plus the children that lived around the area are all now older and have cars.
The strange thing about country roads is most people drive on them like they are possessed with a speed bug, thinking there is nothing coming the other way.
Well , let me tell you there is usually always something coming the other way like a bloomin great tractor doing the potatoes in winter or the hay in summer or a load of sheep in the road going for sheep dipping, or even me on my bike cycling up the road for a bit of exercise.
Having rode around a few times in the dark with the cars zooming past me. I bought a Nathan Reflective Ankle Band which cost me £7 for one , so if you do pass me you can see me and not knock me off my bike and waste my money that I have paid for just one of these reflective strips.
This reflective strip fastens with velcro and fits around the ankle or you can put it on your wrist if you are walkiing and want to be seen at night.
I put it on the leg thats nearest to the cars not the side of the road so that I can be seen when riding my bike. You can get them in different colours , orange, red and blue but they all reflect the light when a car or motor bike comes past you so that you can be seen. I bought mine from online at chainreactioncycles.com but they can be bought from Amazon at the same price, maybe a tad more .
They can be fitted over trousers to tuck the material round the bottom of the leg so that it doesn't get tangled or dirty on the chain of the bike and it has a soft inside that is comfy to wear if you are wearing shorts to ride your bike with.
Safety wise these are real good, as you can be seen a few yards off in the dark, you dont have to be up close to the headlights of a car to be seen. Price wise these are just very expensive for the one they should give you two in a pack, but like all things necessary in this world you usually have to pay more for them.
I'd recommend these if you have children that cycle around at night as they give you peace of mind that they will be seen and be safe.
~Be seen and stay safe with these reflective ankle bands~
Having used a number of types of cycle safety products over the years with mixed results, I thought it may be a good idea to review my Nathan cyclers ankle band set, which I bought as I thought they would be a useful multi purpose item that could be used when out cycling. The set that I have had in use is easy to handle, light to wear and compact enough to carry in a bag or pocket if not being worn when out and about. I have found that these simple ankle bands can be worn as a dual purpose item which I feel makes them really quite a good thing to have to hand when cycling.
I have found that these ankle bands can be helpful when wanting to keep long trousers away from greasy cycle chains, as you can simply wrap one of the bands around both ankle and trouser leg if wanted, so as to secure thin to medium thickness trouser material and prevent it from catching with the cycles chain when peddling. The bands can also be used as a reflective type product that provides a little extra visibility for a cyclist when out on the road on dull days or darker evenings which I feel is a very useful benefit.
I find wearing these bands to be a very easy way to improve the chances of passing/ oncoming traffic spotting me as I go by when out on the road. I also feel that walkers should be able to see these from some distance away too, which should ensure that they don't cross into a cycle path by accident when I am passing by. The orange reflective material that has been stitched onto the front face of the cycle bands is really very effective in my opinion as it stands out well even from a good distance.
The makers of these ankle bands say that the orange 'hi viz' material used should provide between 100 to 200 times more visibility to a cyclist than non reflective materials would do, which I feel makes them a good product to consider if you cycle in low light conditions. The velcro closures on the ankle bands seem to stand up to repeated use quite well, although I do expect them to fail a little at some point in future after a good amount of regular use, as I find most velcro does get less grippy over time.
~Product rating and price~
I find these ankle bands quite useful as they are very simple to use, being quick and easy to fit in place. They are light, compact and durable in my opinion. I feel that they offer the benefits of making me more visible when needed, as well as being something I can use to stop trousers being caught up in the cycle chain by accident which does happen from time to time when not wearing some type of ankle band. I feel that this is a neat set that works well and although prices can appear high at around £7.99 per set of two bands I feel they can be very beneficial when used correctly, which is why my rating for these is 4 stars.
I like to cycle to work during the summer months when the weather is good, as it is now, but during the winter months it's a completely different story. It's dark, its cold and it's (usually) wet, to boot. This can make the journey home pretty grim and not to mention dangerous, as my way back takes me first across many busy roads with traffic shooting past me in all directions, and also across some pretty windy and bendy country roads on for the last mile or so. My dear other half always gets anxious about whether or not I am going to be knocked off my bike and be found lying dead in a ditch and so as well as my reflective vest, tail light on my bike, reflective strips on my gloves and a reflective hat, she has now presented me with some charming (not really) reflective ankle bands.
She bought these on line and paid £7.99 for ONE, which amounted to her forking out a whopping £15.99 for both bands (as they are not sold in pairs, which seems a bit ridiculous to me). The bands are pretty naff, and look like something I might have worn whilst cycling to school when I was about twelve, and my ma had just made me eat a bowl of Ready-Brek and checked to make sure I was wearing my vest and it was tucked into my underpants! What I m trying to say, I suppose, is that these ankle bands by Nathan are not exactly hip or trendy and I do feel slightly ridiculous with them on. I know the purpose of them is to make sure I am safe while out on the roads (and especially now I am working nights, I need to be seen as much as possible), but I hate the bloody things.
They are not comfortable to wear, as they are not very stretchy at all and to be honest, as I am a large bloke (with fairly thick and heavy ankles) I find them very restrictive. I have tried to tell my wife this but she just tells me I have to wear them, so I do, for a quiet life.
Apparently they can be seen from a distance of approximately 1500 feet, so I suppose that is quite impressive, but as I wear so much other reflective gear, I am sure I must be positively glowing as I am cycling back on my route home. I will continue to wear them, I suppose, but to be honest I don't really rate them that much. I think they are definitely over priced for what they are, and I have made better homemade reflective ankle bands myself with some bits of reflective material and it certainly didn't cost me almost £16.
Overall, not impressed folks. They are far too expensive and uncomfortable to wear. I'd give them a miss if I were you.
I regularly cycle to and from work, and during the summer months this doesn't pose a problem as it's light out when I leave and come home, but in the winter it's generally dark when I leave and generally dark when I come home - and therefore I like to take steps to ensure that I am seen by motorists when I'm cycling at night. I do have a reflective vest and head and tail lights on my bike, but my partner also bought me (and encouraged me to wear!) some Nathan Reflective Ankle Bands to help me seen even better. I don't know what my partner paid for these bands, but they are currently being sold on Amazon for £7.95 with free delivery. I actually think this price is a little high for them and I think they could probably come down a lot in price to be a little more affordable. Bear in mind that they are sold in single bands (i.e. not pairs) and this makes virtually zero sense to me since I can't see anyone buying a band for one leg and not the other!
The Nathan Reflective Ankle Band is made of a non stretchy fabric which then has 3 bands of different colours stitched onto it. The three colours are yellow, silver and amber and they are all highly reflective and supposedly can be seen from 1500 feet if there is any light shining on it. Certainly, they are very visible and I do believe it makes you extra visible to traffic when you're cycling in the dark - as long as there are lights around for the bands to reflect. The bands are adjustable and are designed to sit over trousers and so they also double up as a cycle clip. They do up with velcro and are certainly secure once they are done up and won't accidentally come undone. The only thing is that I find them a bit stiff and therefore a little uncomfortable and so I think something could be done to soften them up a little.
Now to the major drawback of them......and that's that you look a wally. There is no getting away from the fact that these bands are not sexy and they will make you look a little ridiculous. The good thing though is that you will only really need to wear them in the dark and so no one will see your face!!
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