Well it was an eventful end to last week down here in the south west, with a full on pile of snow being dumped on our doorstep which hindered our riding somewhat! It's back to business this week though as the air turns milder, although not on the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path as one of our staffers discovered this morning, because it still pretty much resembled an ice rink in places...
We thought we'd seen it all when it comes to elaborate/unconventional saddle designs, then up pop 3 West Design with this business at the front, party at the back madness. There's a method behind that madness though so they say - their patented 3/4" mid saddle drop paired with a soft foam insert is designed so your perineum and soft tissue rests on a "pillow soft area of comfort". It weighs 252g and sits on a set of hollow titanium rails. Does it work? The road.cc verdict is imminent.
Lapierre's unconventional 'elastomer' shock absorption technology, namely that extra triangle between the top and down tube, is purported to provide extra dampening against shock and vibrations to ensure a comfortable long day in the saddle. The Pulsium is built for endurance, and Lapierre also say it's also versatile and sturdy enough to deal with rough roads and asphalt. The 500 disc spec comes with a Shimano 105 drivetrain in a 50/34, 11-34t chainring and cassette combo to get you up any climb, and tough Mavic Aksium wheels with plush Continental Ultra Sport 2 28mm tyres. Did this endurance workhorse do its job over Stu Kerton's test period? His review is coming later this month.
This new bar tape from Fizik is "for the brave breed who take their drop bar bikes off-road"; although we think you'll be just fine using it on the tarmac too. Fizik claim the tacky non-slip finish provides a firm grip and enhances your control, while being comfortable and just 3mm thick. You can find out if our reviewer Dave Atkinson thinks this tape is top draw in the upcoming review soon...
Nope, we haven't misprinted that price... 275 quid for a track pump might seem excessive, but if ever a pump had all the mod cons, this one fits the bill. The gauge is illuminated, giving you an audio alarm that Silca say makes it much easier to monitor accurate tyre pressures - and it's located at the top of the barrel so it's easier to see. It has a metal shock piston and a hefty aluminium base to provide up to two times more stability than the competition according to Silca, and the hose chuck stores magnetically at the top to prevent you having to bend down to begin pumping. Have Silca made the silkiest pump money can buy, and is it really worth it? We'll be intrigued to hear Dave Arthur's verdict later this month.
This handy set of tools promises to offer everything you need to fix a flat and make minor on-the-fly adjustments while you're out on a ride... everything except for an inner tube that is, but it still appears pretty good value for what you get - a mini ratchet with nine ends, two tyre levers, a CO2 inflator with two cartridges and a bag to stick it all in ain't bad at all. Has it bailed Dave Atkinson out on a ride yet? His verdict will be coming soon...
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.