100 miles later… Polar, Brynje and Spin Speed

Brynje Long Sleeve with Winder cover £49.00

Perfect example of why not to judge a book by its cover. Ok, so its ‘string vest’ looks isn’t going to win column inches in vogue – but frankly I don’t give a monkeys what I look like when something is this good, and I can’t lie – its done a fair few more miles than just a 100.

Using good old fashioned air to insulate, the Brynje helps regulate body temperature, preventing you from becoming wringing wet with sweat. With a windcheater front, keeping cold wind from blasting your chest, it’s pretty close to being a perfect winter baselayer.

I just need to remember its fishnet appearance when stripping off at the café stop.

Contact: www.nordiclifeuk.com

Polar RXC5 GPS watch £267.50

Now, this is clever, the watch that tells us to ‘slow down’ or put some effort in depending on our resting heart rate. The training optimizer is only going to be as good as the person analysing the data, which combined with GPS, speed and cadence sensors means it’s not for the faint hearted.

It needs a few more miles testing before we see any real outcome, but teaming it with the Polarpersonaltrainer.com should, if used correctly over time, make a serious impact on how you plan and execute training and racing.

Its real eye candy kit, the screen is readable, and the data output is impressive and meaningful, my only real gripe is with the GPS sensor arm strap slipping down on slimmer arms.

Contact: www.polaruk.co.uk

Metalworks Spin wheels £349.00

The chrome rimed wheels are a bit of a taste divider, but personally I rather like them. Unfortunately for me, their beauty was only skin deep. The hand built alloy wheels are certainly well built – stiff, with no creaking under load, but the deep section rim is just too heavy to enjoy.

They took a while to get up to speed and didn’t really hold it long enough to make the rolling weight pay off worth while. They will appeal to people looking for something a little off the beaten track to commute down the road.

But If you’re after an all round winter training or bomb proof race wheel – you’d best look elsewhere.

Contact: www.spincycleworks.com

This article was first published in the February 2 issue of Cycling Weekly. You can also read our magazines on Zinio and download from the Apple store.