People are now more likely to consume caffeine on a daily basis than fruit, and it has been suggested that four out of every five people in western cultures consume caffeine every day. In this recently released book Louise Burke, head of nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport, outlines that in Australia today, this consumption is mainly in the form of coffee.
The annual World Championships of bicycle road racing visited beautiful Florence, Tuscany in 2013. The region is full of natural and architectural beauty and is considered the heartland of Italian cycling. A landscape of warm sun, rolling hills, and cypress trees combine to make the rainbow band of the World Champion.
Chamois Cream: Assos have branched out into a range of creams and lotions to complement their bike related clothing line. Their chamois cream is a logical extension to their knicks which are famous for their chamois’. The cream is suitable for all types of chamois' to prevent bacterial and fungal infections and saddle sores. It's said to increase chamois life and reduce chafing and friction.
The tile is a tiny techy piece of gear that can help you find anything you attach it to, in this context most pointedly your bike, via an iTunes app and your idevice. The tile is a small plastic square that attaches with double sided tape to whatever you might lose and want to be able to find, think keys, wallet, laptop, bike etc.
A coffee table book for bike lovers The Elite Bicycle comprises a vivid array of images of well-known bicycle brands, the various workshops and factories where they’re made and the quirky eccentric artisan builders behind the brands.
Here’s another headphone option that has been aimed at freewheeling, music loving cyclists. The Yurbuds setup produces some very good sound, perhaps not in the league of AKG’s 701 Quincy Jones Reference Monitor headphones, but quite exceptional for an in-ear device, and infinitely more portable.
Even in these days of power meters, blue tooth and satellite tracking global positioning systems there’s still room for the humble bike speedo. Sigma’s BC812 is accurate, simple to install and operate, and delivers eight facets of base level information including current, average and maximum speed, trip and total distance, trip time and total time, and ‘the’ time.
Made from Energy Microsence fabric, the Zest has a full length zip and an anatomical cut to match the body in the riding position. There is a silicon waist gripper, and the triple rear pocket has some reflective detailing to increased night ride visibility.
Buck!t is a small business, based in Adelaide (Australia) producing handmade belts from up-cycled bicycle tyres. They endeavour to use sustainable methods in making and promoting their belts and revel in the fact that every belt is one less tyre in landfill.