As the rain lashed down last week and over the weekend we were longing for the sunnier weather we'd oddly become accustomed to... and it indeed looks like it'll be making a return this week, meaning we'll be banking some extra miles on our test rides!
This pump from Topeak is apparently award-winning (we're not sure which award) and has a flip-down digital gauge, a fold-out foot peg and a sturfy aluminium barrel to ensure stability for stress-free pump action. It can take Presta, Schrader and Dunlop valves, and weighs just 320g so is easy to cart around. Does Dave Arthur now have an inflated opinion of it after a month's use? Find out in the review later this month.
The Synapse is Cannondale's fast, all-day endurance machine, and while the top spec carbon version is a cool £7,799, this alloy version with a carbon fork takes some of the best features and rolls them into a really affordable package. It is on the weighty side at 11kg, but you're getting Shimano Sora shifting and the frame has a geometry that's tried and tested on long rides. Did it make Stu Kerton ride stronger for longer? The review's coming soon.
Time have overhauled their lineup of road pedals, with these, believe it or not, being the least expensive in the Xpro range (the Xpro 15's have an astronomical RRP of £399.99). There's a full carbon body on the Xpro 10's, with a larger pedalling surface than the previous Time Xpresso pedals. Time's Iclic system has been redesigned to allow for a more positive cleat engagement and to be more comfortable, while the adjustable carbon blade has 3 positions of tension. They also have a low stack height to keep your sole as close to the centre of the axle as possible to improve pedalling efficiency.
Can a humble seatpost markedly improve your comfort on the bike? Ritchey think so, and their WCS carbon link seatpost with a two-bolt design has been developed to be 15% more vertically compliant than more standard carbon seatposts with no loss of lateral or torsional stiffness. It also has 15mm of offset and a reversible clamp to allow for an extra 10mm of fore/aft adjustment, and works with all standard saddle rail designs. Find out if Dave Arthur posts a positive review of it in the coming weeks...
Samvær make casual wear and accessories for cyclists, and this bright urban backpack is essentially a roll top design with a few handy additional features to make it more versatile. It's made with hard-wearing British Millerain Waxed Cotton for maximum water resistance, has back padding to make it more comfortable and the roll top allows you to stuff the bag to bursting so you can fit all your work wear and a big old packed lunch inside with room to spare. George Hill is trying it out at the moment, with his verdict due shortly...
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.