The DealCatcher has rounded up four new offers for you today: a budget cyclo-cross bike; some rain-repelling sunglasses; and a brace of nutrition specials from Science in Sport.
We can think of so many uses for this budget 'crosser it's silly. With mudguards and fat slick tyres it'd make a great weekday pothole-basher, delivering you to the office in comfort. Head for the woods at the weekend and it'll switch easily between lanes and dirt roads. There are rack mounts too, so you can pop on panniers and dabble in touring without spending big. You could even use it for your first cyclo-cross race and see if you like blatting round in the mud.
The frame's aluminium with Shimano Claris gears, so the shifting should be sure and accurate, and they're accompanied by a basic but sound parts selection.
At this price of course there are compromises. At a claimed 12.6kg (27.8lb) it's no featherweight, though you could lop a chunk off that by swapping out the steel fork for a carbon/alloy one for about £60. Halfords.com reviewers report that the pedals are rubbish, but that's not unusual at this price; expect to replace them fairly soon.
Summer's here — at last! — so you need to protect your eyes from its rays. But let's face it this is the UK so it's as likely to rain tomorrow as to be sunny. Tifosi's Clarion sunnies have got you covered with hydrophobic mirror lenses that stop water and sweat beading up, so keeping your vision clear.
This one is a road.cc exclusive, use code 20SISREGO to get a fifth off SiS's high speed recovery formula. SiS REGO Rapid Recovery was the first complete sports nutrition recovery product, and its formula has been recently updated to further improve its performance.
SiS is knocking 50 percent off the price of this nutrition collection, created to support Bradley Wiggins' successful Hour Record attempt. The bundle comprises:
- SiS GO Isotonic Gel Blackcurrant — 30 Pack
- SiS GO Energy + Caffeine Gel Berry — 6 Pack
- REGO Rapid Recovery Strawberry — 500g
- SiS 800ml Pro Yellow Bottle
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.