Well it's safe to say we've had a bit of a soaking these last few days, but that's ain't stopped us! Here's some of the best things we've been testing in the wind and rain recently...
BTR claim this sensibly-priced rear pannier holds 'everything you need', and also has a waterproof cover for the wettest rides. Four universal strap fittings secure it to your pannier rack, which means less faffing around with clips and buckles, and there's a detachable shoulder strap for carrying it off the bike. Will you be bagging yourself a bargain from BTR here? Emma Silversides is your reviewer, with the verdict coming soon.
Described as a suitable GPS for casual or serious riders, the Macro Plus brings GPS and smart features down to a lower price point than much of the competition, plus the option to run it in landscape or portrait orientations. The Plus version now has full turn-by-turn navigation and improved water resistance, and the battery life is claimed to be up to 28 hours. It's got full GPS so there's no ned to pair with a phone to get your data, but it's got bluetooth capabilities so you can get notifications and link it up to the GPS Ally phone app to sync to Strava et al. Mike Stead is checking out the features in more detail now, with a verdict due later this month.
This loud and proud wind vest is made with Primal's lightweight 'Altero' fabric with a microfleeced lined collar, and a two-way YKK zipper that can be opened from the top or bottom. It's described as wind and water-resistant, so should see you through most of a wet day in the saddle, and there are three rear cargo pockets for storing essentials.
Refreshingly different to most performance shades we see today, Galibier say these glasses "evoke the stylish eye shades of the 1950’s", but of course have modern lens technology with an ergonomic frame design and ultra fine polycarbonate lenses. Galibier also say they block out 100% of UV rays, with a bespoke anti-fog system that directs a stream of air from the forehead to the back of the lens. You also get a hard case and a soft pouch, with the latter doubling up as a cleaning cloth. Can you have shade style and substance at this affordable price point? The review's coming soon.
Muc-Off Waterless Wash does what it says on the tin/bottle, cleaning and polishing your bike up without needing to use water. They claim it leaves a streak-free shine, and the bespoke formula is designed to contain any surface dirt to prevent scratching; it's also recommended as a solution for doing quick mid-week cleans in between major washes. Can you really bring your bike back to life without water? Stu Kerton is cleaning the crud off his bike with it now, with a verdict coming 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.