Not long until Christmas now, and road.cc reviewers are getting as much riding in as possible despite the awful weather to earn an indulgent festive season! Here's the best of the test pile bunch this week...
Saris have caused something of a stir in the world of indoor training this year with the launch of their MP1 training platform... and this is the trainer they say is ideal to put atop of it. it has even quieter internals than its predecessor (previously under the Cycleops brand) at a claimed 59 decibels when riding at 20mph and it can handle up to 2000 watts of power. Incline simulation is up to 20%, and power meter accuracy is claimed to be +/-2%. Your cadence is measured too so there’s no need for any extra sensors. The smartest smart trainer out there? The verdict is due later this month.
This tiny little thing is a GPS computer with built-in navigation believe it or not, weighing in at just 55g. The clear arrows should guide you without any over-complication or distractions, and it will give you coverage worldwide with its Google Maps technology. Battery life is up to 30 hours, and there is also an automatic backlight for night rides. Small and mighty? The review is due in the new year.
What makes jeans cycling jeans? These ones from Vulpine are slim-fitting with a 'Diamond Gusset' that takes pressure away and means you're not sitting on seams. On the driveside is a reflective turnup at the bottom of the trouser leg, and they have plenty of stretch with a raised rear waistband to help keep them in place while riding. Are they a stroke of Jean-ious for urban riding? Find out in Matt Lamy's review soon.
This 2-in-1 kit has everything you need to repair and inflate tubeless tyres, featuring five tyre plugs that seal holes and two Co2 inflators to get your air back in. It's compact enough to fit in your back pocket, and there are also straps supplied to fit it to your bike. Has it plugged a gap in Dave Atkinson's cycling life? Find out in his test report soon.
With a wide lens and plenty of venting, the Fury are made for those who like to go fast and will fit under any help, so say Julbo. They also say the Spectron polycarbonate lenses are "for perfect clarity of vision and protection", and Julbo have added their 'Air Link Temple system' shock absorber at the end of the temples to make them lighter and more comfortable. The weight is just 25g, and the lenses are said to offer "maximum protection from sunlight in extreme conditions."
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.