The evenings are finally getting a bit lighter, and we ain't half looking forward to the clocks going forward in two week's time! Until then, here's some highlights from our test pile that we've been using in mostly daylight hours...
Named after Chrome Industries' first office in San Francisco, the Folsom shorts were designed to be worn "on the bike and off". A durable and water resistant Everest 4-way stretch material is used for comfort on the bike, and they're slim-fitting with practical additions such as a reinforced crotch, an added u-lock holster and floating rear pockets. The seams are also reinforced so there's no chance of an embarrassing tear when you lunge out of the saddle for a heroic urban effort. How do they perform on and off the bike? Dave Arthur will be telling us the long and short in his review shortly...
These smiley gloves were designed to spread a little happiness on the roads in a time of what some would perceive to be increasing levels of aggression... and with a reflective smiley on the back and the one on the palm acting as a gripper, wearing Loffi's Glove can be your way of saying that you come in peace. They're hot just a pretty face either, with highly durable double layer AX Suede on the palm and a water repellent and windproof outer. Did they put a smile on our reviewer's face, and more importantly, other road users? the review is due soon.
Parcours are steadily building a solid reputation for high quality, aero-optimised hoops at very competitive prices, and the Grimpeur is a new light addition to their range weighing in at 1,395g a pair. They're tubeless-ready and 40mm deep so you still get some wind-cheating benefits, and the internal rim width is 19mm. Parcours spec their alloy hubs with EZO cartridge bearings to deliver a smooth ride in all weathers, and the hubs are set up for the 12mm thru-axle standard. How do they weigh up against competitors? The review is coming later this month.
"Integrated for speed" so say Giant, the Pursuit is supposed to provide plenty of the benefits of a TT helmet in a ventilated road racing-friendly package. Giant have done their homework to come up with a design that reduces drag in real-world riding conditions, and the AeroVent ports are purported to pull incoming air through the helmet and stream it through deep internal channels to regulate your temperature. It also weighs in at 230g in a size medium.
This is Maxxis' flagship road racing tyre, with a 120 TPI casing and their K2 puncture protection. The HYPR Compound is supposed to increase wet traction and provide super low rolling resistance, and is the tyre of choice for the Canyon Eisberg team. How does it compare to the tried and tested best of the best? Stu Kerton's review is due 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.