If your time trial bike is on a high (carbon) fibre diet - and let's face it, whose isn't? - Control Tech would like you to consider their new hollow carbon brake levers. Designed to route the cables inside the bars, out of the airflow, they have 6061 aluminium bodies and 3K carbon lever blades.
According to Control Tech, the lever blade is ergonomically shaped to provide greater comfort and better braking feel. Not that it should matter - you're not going to win any time trials by slowing down now are you?
Claimed weight is 124g per pair, and they'll set you back £79.99 when the become available in mid-July.
Halfords have announced two new sets of budget SPD shoes, one for commuting and one for mountain biking – available for an extremely accessible £39.99 and £49.99 respectively.
The hbh Leisure Cycling Shoes have grippy rubber soles, recessed cleat housing, lace closures and breathable mesh inserts. The slightly spendier hbh MTB Cycling Shoes are made from synthetic leather with ratchet straps.
They look like nice entry level shoes for commuting and mountain biking, with the minimum of financial commitment.
Fearfully counting down the days 'til L'Etape du Tour 2012? Whether you're heading to the Pyrenees or the Alps, there's a Roads to Glory DVD (or download) to help you prepare.
Make yourself even more nervous by 'riding' the Col d’Aubisque, Col du Soulor, Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin and Col de Peyresourde from the comfort of your living room.
Each climb is broken up into a series of 5-15 minute intervals with gentle recovery periods that provide a chance to catch your breath and enjoy the scenery. Yep, enjoy it now because you probably won't on the day.
Each film is 75 minutes and includes tips on preparation and nutrition.
They say forewarned is forearmed. Personally, I'd rather blissful ignorance.
Priced at £17.99 for DVD with 12-page collector's booklet.
Baselayers? Just now when it's finally getting a little bit summery? Well, daft as it sounds, yes.
Craft's just launched a summerweight top that's designed for comfort and coolness against the skin, with the bonus of SPF 50 to save on suntan lotion.
It has Moving Wing Technology, to give you more movement in your, er, wings. This is basically a complex 3D construction in the shoulders and upper back, combined with a lightweight mesh fabric – Mesh Superlight that's highly elastic for comfort.
Mesh Superlight is quite funky in and of itself; Craft say: “The fibres are worked in a special knitting technique, which shaves off grams and offers exceptional cooling properties. The big-hole mesh outer provides fantastic ventilation. Whereas on the inside, CRAFT uses a plainer construction since only the contact area with the skin ensures an unbeatable heat and moisture dissipation.”
Got your fixie and your dodgy trendy hairdo? Still feel like you're missing that little something? Maybe it's a Retro Reflective.
No need to run with the crowd in an Altura Nightvision – stand out with a Union Jack hi-viz vest, some argyle ankle bands or a camo belt.
Hurry to show your patriotic side in time for the Jubilee and the Olympics – the Union Jack vest is a limited run of 1000. As you can see from the video, it's incredibly eye-catching at night, which - let's face it - is the main thing.
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