We can sense spring is around the corner, but with a few more chilly mornings to contend with we'll still be giving you our verdicts on some gear meant for cooler climes for the next couple of weeks (but not too far into April we hope). Here's the pick of the pile this week...
While top tube bags might not be the most fashionable item with pure roadies, they're essential kit for tourers and those on long old bikepacking trips... and this one from BTR is built to carry your phone in a waterproof package. The built-in phone pocket is large enough for all smartphones, and the clip fastening on the longest strap ensures it fits a wider variety of bike frames. A key hook is included so you can find them quickly after getting home from a wet and windy ride, and the PVC phone pocket also has touchscreen functionality so you can keep it dry and keep on going. A solid option if you're relying on your phone for mapping without having to worry about the weather? Emma Silversides will be giving us her verdict soon.
"There was a time when aero road bikes only focused on aerodynamics, but this time has passed", so say Look... and they're touting the new 795 Blade RS as the perfect compromise between speed, lightness and stiffness. The beefy rear triangle design that Look call their 3S Design, with longer and curved seatstays, is made to maintain traction and also makes for bigger tyre clearance. There are rim and disc versions available, and Look spent plenty of time in the wind tunnel and called upon computational fluid dynamics to come up with the fastest frame possible. Find out if Stu Kerton thinks this superbike has more than just good looks in his review coming soon...
Built for speed, the Falconer MIPS has an aerodynamic shape that also prioritises cooling, with sizeable vents over the top and at the sides. It's all wrapped in a four-piece variable elasticity shell technology for extra protection, and on top of that you also get a MIPS layer added for some more safety points.
Designed for colder weather, this gilet has a quilted front that is supposed to be windproof, breathable and water repellent. The neck comes up high and there's a full length zip cover for comfort, plus the fabric is 4-way stretch so it conforms to your body shape. Three large rear pockets (one with a zipper) keep all your essentials safe while you ride. Is this Manchester-made gilet a marvel? Steve Williams will be telling us his verdict shortly.
Bkool's most advanced smart trainer has a huge 3000 watts of resistance and can simulate up to 25% gradients, while also looking like something from outer space. Of course you can use the Bluetooth and ANT+ to connect to your favoured devices and training apps, and you can also use Bkool's own Cycling Simulator that offers virtual routes, workouts and video classes. Just how smart is it? Dave Atkinson will be telling us in his review soon...
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.