We just about managed to find some time to go out for a quick ride in between eggs over the Easter break, and with spring kit coming in thick and fast we're hoping for some better weather over the next couple of weeks! Here are some highlights of our current hoard of gear on test...
Castelli Perfetto Light 2
For when it's too warm out for Castelli's much-lauded Gabba, their answer was the lighter Perfetto; and the Perfetto 2 is packed with tech to keep you comfy on those cool but not overly cold days when you still need some weather protection. The Perfetto 2's Nano Light fabric does away with a fleece lining and has Gore Windstopper material that is 25% lighter than the Gabba's for extra breathability, while offering protection from light rain and wind. Three external rear pockets and a quality YKK Vislon zipper complete the package. It sounds impressive, but do you NEED it? Mat Brett's tuppence worth will be in soon..
Kona Rove DL
There's a lot of competition at the just-under-a-grand mark at the moment, and Kona's Rove DL claimes to offer more for your 899 pounds than competitors thanks to its do-everything suitability. The spec includes Kona's own 606l aluminium tubing and aluminium fork, Shimano Sora groupset, TRP Spyre disc brakes and WTB SX19 wheels, and it weighs in at 12kg. Coming with 35mm tyres and mudguards, the Rove DL is ready for commuting duties, gravel and everything in between, say Kona. Does Stu Kerton agree? Find out later this month.
Bontrager Ion 100 R/Flare R City Bike Light Set
If you enjoy the peace of mind that comes with running day time running lights and want them to work just as well at night too, Bontrager claim to have the answer with their Ion 100 Flare city lights. They feature focused optics, an interruptive flash pattern and a broad range to ensure visibility, and have a compact design with a wide beam spread to make them ideal for city riding. They're easy to switch between bikes with two quick-connect brackets, and are rechargeable via USB. Mike Stenning is currently hitting the city streets with these lights in daytime and after dusk.
Topeak BackLoader 10L
This large capacity saddle pack is primarily for bikepackers, with a tool-free system for mounting that include a compression straps to stop it swinging about while you ride, which can affect comfort and is just generally annoying. It's lightweight with a polyethylene/nylon construction, and is water resistant with a roll-top closure to keep your stuff dry. There's also a fully waterproof inner bag to keep your valuable and electronics extra safe in a deluge. A safety light clip also means you can keep your bag on and be seen when night falls.
2XU Sub Cycle women's jersey
Coming to you straight from an 80's music video is the new 2XU Sub jersey, with this loud print marking 2XU's first foray into dedicated cycle clothing after being a big player in the compression gymwear and triathlon markets for quite some time. It's made with their High Fil Sub fabric for 'ultimate moisture management' and also a rear Aero Mesh X panel for 'unmatched breathability', so say 2XU. Does it have style and substance? Emma Silversides will be delivering her verdict soon.
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I think space makes it more aero ? Like the Hope GB track bike ?
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I know! I've mentioned this before on here but in firearms training one of the first thing's one's told is that if you make an error that could...
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What about Miguel Indurain?
Wow! I dream of getting 6,000km out of a chain! My bike has only just cleared 5,000km...
Maybe we need to take a note out of the drivists playbook and label the lack of secure bike storage as discriminatory against the disabled
Well, I passed this lot yesterday and they seemed to be enjoying the ride... (apparently it was the national chopper convention or something!).