On-One have launched a new limited edition titanium cyclocross frame called the Pickenflick. It’s disc brake specific, coming with a full-carbon tapered disc fork.
The tubes are made from shaped 3/2.5 titanium and On-One reckon there’s a huge amount of clearance here – enough for a 44c tyre. The official weight is 1,260g for a small (52cm) frame and another 490g for the uncut fork.
Oh, you’ll be wanting a price, won’t you? It’s £999 for the frameset.
It’s winter again, and for many of us that means less time on the road and a bit more time in the shed, pounding away on the rollers or turbo trainer. To help the time pass, there are plenty of videos out there like the well-known Sufferfest collection which feature real race footage and helpful encouragement like, “C’mon punk, d’you call that trying?”.
Titles include Blender, Fight Club, The Wretched and There Is No Try – you get the picture – some of which hook up to Strava, as mentioned here on road.cc last month.
Now those crazy guys at Sufferfest have created a new website especially for visitors to the mythical nation of Sufferlandria (www.sufferlandria.com) and released a rather nice range of T-shirts via bikewear specialist Apres Velo. Sufferfest fans may like to fly the flag. Choose from five designs including the National Team, Coat of Arms and of course the Sufferfest motto – IWBMATTKYT. If you don’t know what that means and want to find out, visit the Sufferfest website. The shirts cost £22.95 to £24.95. http://uk.apresvelo.com/products/sufferlandria?country=uk
It’s a leather belt… that looks like a tyre. If you’re after for a bike-related present for a friend this Christmas, this might be just the ticket. Bike geeks (and that’s you, isn’t it?) will like to know that the tyre in question is the Vittoria Corsa CX tyre.
In the past, we’ve seen plenty of tyres recycled as belts, but this one is actually leather rather than rubber, just given the Vittoria Corsa CX’s tyre tread and graphics. It’s made in Italy and there’s even a Vittoria logo laser engraved on the buckle.
The belt comes in its own a zip case that you can subsequently use for storing your essentials when you go riding.
The phone and case cost €29.95. http://www.vittoria.com/product/accessories/
Clothing brand Café du Cycliste has launched its first winter collection. The star item in the range is the Heidi Winter jacket, which is designed to breathable and high wicking with windproof panels on the front, shoulders and sleeves. It looks really distinctive and is priced at €185.
Visit www.cafeducycliste.com to see the entire range.
Pop into Prestige Cycles in Hove and there’s the chance to pick up a free musette and bag of coffee. There’s a slight catch, of course, and we’ll come to that in a mo.
The musette comes from Il Soigneur who are renowned for their bespoke cycling bags. Handmade in Britain, this one has a swish Harris Tweed outer adorned with the Prestige Cycles logo embroidered in the corner. The bag has a navy canvas inner, shuts with three poppers, has a reflective tag on the outside and an adjustable strap.
Handily, the musette is just the right size to carry the gratis bag of coffee. It’s not your standard Happy Shopper instant bike shop coffee, it’s real, proper coffee beans, hand roasted just up the road from Prestige by Small Batch Coffee.
Small Batch is a firm favourite of cyclists and coffee addicts all over the conurbation of Brighton and Hove and the coffee they produce for Prestige uses their Costa Rica Las Lajas beans to create a brew that’s sweet and juicy with syrupy honey flavours and touch of melon acidity. Well, that’s what our man VecchioJo says, and he knows about stuff like that.
Oh, about that catch. To claim your free musette and coffee you’ll have to buy a bike. Ah! Maybe something like this nice Mosaic we have in to test, although Prestige also stock Baum, Guru, Storck, Surly and Mustard if one of those is more to your tastes. www.prestige-cycles.co.uk
* There is a catch.
OneLife iD have recently contacted us about their emergency, medical and sports identification systems, some options of which appear to be pretty well suited to cycling.
Essentially, you get a personal ID that combines printed or engraved details with an online profile that can hold additional updateable information. It can be used as medical ID, to carry important emergency ID information, or be used to identify belongings.
You can buy the products from OneLife ID’s website. The Active iD (£18.99), for example, is a silicon band with a stainless steel tag that’s engraved with a unique QR code with a web address and PIN to allow access to the user’s OneLife iD profile and emergency details.
Users can add more detailed information to that profile. Each profile has a public section where you choose the information you wish to share and a PIN-protected section where you can record more confidential contacts, medical information, documents and images.
As well as wrist bands, you can get mini tags and cards carrying the same essential info.
Go to www.onelifeid.com for more details.
Froome, Thomas and Porte offer their thoughts on their saddles. Obviously, it’s a promo…
Spirit Cycling are offering you the chance to have a one-off customised jersey designed and made for this Christmas at only £65 (plus p&p). These are usually priced at £95 for short sleeves, or £100 for long. This price includes the use of Roubaix fabric if you like.
Spirit can design anything you’d like with any colours, graphics or and even photos used.
Call 07757 934259 to discuss your requirements. If the jerseys are ordered before 9 December you will receive them in time for Christmas.
Spirit Cycling’s popular stock jerseys are down from £59 to £49 at the moment, and all sizes in long and short sleeved versions are available. See the range at Spirit Cycling’s website.
Hey, this is an interesting product. The makers of Fuelstrip say that it can detect the metabolites in your sweat so that you can refuel according to your body's exact requirements. You can get a pack that includes strips that change colour according to your sweat's content, and bags of energy chews to refuel on.
This is a US product and we've not heard of it being available in the UK, but we'll let you know if that changes. www.fuelstrip.com
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.