Midweek most wanted: Rapha kit, the Ridley Helium X, new Lezyne lights, and much more

A sneak peak at the latest and greatest kit we've got in our office that we just can't wait to use

Can’t wait for the magazine to drop through the door or for the reviews to go online? Then Midweek most wanted is for you.

It’s a selection of the latest, greatest pieces of kit that we have in the office, either in for test or that we just love.

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Ridley Helium X

The Ridley Helium X is one step down from the Ridley Helium SLX, the bike ridden by Lotto-Soudal and Thomas de Gendt.

As a result it’s heavier than the Helium SLX, but it does come with a featherweight fork. Ultimately, Ridley didn’t want to cut any more away from the frame because it wasn’t willing to compromise the handling or comfort of the bike.

Buy now: Ridley Helium X at Tredz for £2,899

Rapha Reflective Rucksack

Stylish and safe, the Rapha Reflective Rucksack is also ergonomic and comfortable when riding thanks to five padded panels that follow your spine.

This particular model is the largest that Rapha offers, with extra storage space alongside the usual laptop compartment.

Lezyne Power Drive 1100i front light

The Lezyne Power Drive is the beast of a new front light from Lezyne. As the name suggests it kicks out a whopping 1100 lumens, which is more than enough to get you seen clearly when out on the roads.

It has an external battery pack, which if used can double the run time of the light, so it can go the distance with you. Seven different light modes alter the run time and light output, giving you loads to work with when you’re out after dark.

Buy now: Lezyne Power Drive 1100i front light at Evans Cycles for £164

Lezyne Strip Drive front light

The Strip Drive delivers 300 lumens in a unique “strip” formation that is strapped to your handlebars.

There are nine different lumen and output modes so you can find the right one for your riding. Plus it remembers the mode after switching off so there’s no more frustrating button bashing trying to find the right one.

Buy now: Lezyne Strip Drive light set at Evans Cycles for £59.99

Velotec Elite LS Camo Jersey

It breaks our hearts to have winter kit coming to the office already, but this Camo jersey from Velotec looks the business.

It’s figure hugging so it won’t flap around when you’re on the bike, and it’s super insulating but retains breathability so it won’t end up like a bin bag. Plus it looks great, too.

Veloskin Chamois Cream

If you’re out eating up the miles, then chances are you’ll want to apply some chamois cream.

This special bottom butter concoction from Veloskin has vitamins, minerals and amino acids as well as a ton of other natural, soothing ingredients.

SiS Rego Rapid Recovery

Similarly, if you’re doing lots of long rides then you definitely want to be chowing on some of this stuff after them.

It contains all the good stuff you need to recover, including a blend of carbs, whey protein, vitamins and minerals. This one’s lemon flavoured, but you can also get chocolate or chocolate orange.