Cycology has done it again, bringing out new designs that capture the cycling experience with wry humour. ‘Harden Up’ is available in 150gsm grey marle V-neck for women and crew neck for men. ‘Bike Recipe’ lists the secret and sought after ingredients required to make an Italian racing bike.
Night time can be great time to ride, cool temperatures and, if you can dodge peak hour, a comparatively traffic free run. Still, visibility and vision—and therefore rider safety— is compromised for cyclists and drivers alike in the dark; street lights and glaring headlights momentarily blinding. Some riders wear dark clothes, others forget their lights, yet others opt for tiny LED lights to register their presence on the road.
If you can’t come at the loud and proud designs of the euro pro peloton you may be interested in this design from Bellwether. Available in black and white, it’s made from a stretchable thermal ‘micro-loft’ fabric so you’ll get a snug warm fit. It has a full length zip and bottleneck collar plus the usual silicone gripper to prevent the hem riding up.
Shimano have launched a brand new Ultegra groupset, the 6800, featuring technology that has trickled down from Dura Ace 9000. There are now 11 cogs in the cassette, and Shimano have conjured improvements to the shifting and braking performance.
Arm Warmers, knee warmers… they’re basic gear you shouldn’t be without. These new items from Louis Garneau use ‘HeatMaxx’ fabric – think super Roubaix – that has a soft brushed inside to wick moisture while retaining heat.
Tour de France fever has once more hit merchandisers across the globe. Cycling garment brand Apres Velo has a range of Tees inspired by the jerseys of the Tour de France. Often event specific merchandise and clothing can be clichéd and anachronistic but in the case of these shirts, though overtly cycling, the design is strong enough and the reference to the tour subtle enough that you’ll feel comfortable able to wear them after the tour has been run and won.
Quick and easy tool-free mounting makes the Spark front and rear lights a simple option to keep yourself visible and legal after dark. There’s a handy fuel gauge and recharging the lithium batteries via USB takes around two and half hours.
The Magellan Cyclo range feature a high sensitivity GPS receiver and will measure ride time, speed, altitude, calories burnt, cadence and distance. It uses a barometric altimeter and also keeps track of temperature. Weighing just 67g the unit has a waterproof rugged casing, an anti-glare screen and a handy backtrack feature so you won’t get lost.