Welcome to our first five cool things round-up of 2019! We've filled ourselves with more turkey, booze and Christmas pud than any amount of cycling can undo, but we'll be taking advantage of the extra stability downhill while we're testing kit for the foreseeable...
This is the carbon version of Hunt's Superdura dynamo disc wheel, with a 27mm wide and 30mm deep rim. Hunt say they're created for 'ultra-distance heroes'/more normal cyclists who want the reliability of a dynamo but with all the performance benefits of carbon. They're tubeless-ready and also work just as well with tubes, and are adaptable to most thru-axle sizes (which Hunt will fit for you). Are they wheely good for the money? Dave's review is coming soon.
This kid's bike from Raleigh has a 10" aluminium frame that's suitable for little ones aged 5 and up, and has been given some classic styling including a wicker basket, matching accessories and even a companion in the fluffy Molli dog that comes included for the price. It also comes with stabilisers and high-rise bars for extra stability, with v-brakes for an improved braking performance. The full chain guard is colour co-ordinated to match the design, and keeps little fingers away from sharp components. The 10" frame is suitable for an inside leg range of 43cm to 53cm (age 5+).
Avio are a British company aiming to cut the price of power meters to make them more accessible... and this Ultegra-level left-sided version is certainly competitively priced. It fits onto the non-drive side of a Shimano Ultegra 6800 or 8000 crank arm, and is compatible with all frames that fit Shimano Hollowtech II cranks. It's ANT+ enabled and measures both power and cadence, and if certified IP67 waterproof. Do you get supreme accuracy for the supreme value? Dave Atkinson is testing it right now.
This simple and elegant little tool holds your chain in place when removing the rear wheel. It's supposed to prevent the chain from slackening off while changing a tyre or cleaning your bike, to give two examples. The compact size also makes it easy to store and toss in your kit bag if you want to take it on a trip. Does it do what it says on the tin? We'll be hearing from Mike Stead for a full review next week.
This is "the world's first backpack with an in-built gym locker", so say Kitbrix... which may be stretching the truth slightly, but it does have a separate section for all your wet kit to keep it from sullying your work stuff and laptop. There's space for training gear plus a 17 inch laptop, a phone charger, tablet, work equipment and much more say KitBrix, and it has an airflow-moulded cushioned back panel for comfort if you want to use it for cycle-commuting. Has it become Dave Arthur's bag of choice in the city and off the bike? His verdict will be on the site 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.