We're just coming back down to earth and getting back on our bikes after being glued to a frankly insane Giro! Here are some of the latest things we've been testing before the verdicts get delivered...
NRC's RX1 Storm shades have top quality lenses courtesy of Zeiss, with a hydrophobic coating to keep the rain/storms out and a unique curvature. they weigh just 27g and the frame material is a tough polycarbonate, with a 20mm bridge and a lens diameter of 51mm. Will they go down a storm with Sean Lacey? His verdict is coming soon.
Chris Hoy's kids bike range is one of the most popular in the UK, and the Bonaly is a 20 inch wheel lightweight ride to get your nippers over the hills. The easy-shift gears and small brake levers should give the rider more contol, with just the one chainring in 32t and a 6-speeed 14-28 cassette meaning less clicks to get across the gears. The frame is made with heat-treated alloy with a mix of double and triple-butted tubes, and there are also mudguard mounts if your family adventures head off-road. What will Stu and his young'uns think to the Bonaly? Read their verdict soon.
Shimano's clothing line has expanded in recent years, and the Evolve has evolved into one of their top level jerseys. Interestingly it has an integrated base layer, with laser-cut micro vents in the chest and under the arms to keep you cool. It's got a large glove-friendly zipper for easy opening and closing, is UPF 50+ for us paler folk and also has some discreet reflectivity elements on the back for low-light visibility.
Crankalicious are now keeping things clean from your cranks through to your clothes, with this new soapy kit wash promising to keep your gear smelling like roses (or whatever it smells like). It's formulated to remove odour and can be used for hand or machine washing, and doesn't effect any protective properties on your technical clothing. Apparantly you can also apply it directly on "heavily soiled items" to improve performance" as well... did it turn Steve Williams' kit from grotty to gleaming? Read his review next week...
Yanto Barker's Le Col have produced some impressive kit since their beginnings in 2011, and these top-end bibs look to be more of the same on first impressions. Described as their 'fastest shorts', they've been proven in pro races and aim to deliver plenty of comfort while being minimal and aero. They have a thinner pad with a silicone treatment that is said to provide comfort without the bulk of a massive nappy at your rear, while the trademark Le Col oversized leg grippers have intermittent silicone tabs to keep the shorts in place. Embroidered logos and flat locked seams complete a quality-looking pair of bibs, but can they justify the large price tag? Mat Brett's verdict is 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.