By Paul Norman
Genesis Croix de Fer
We've got Genesis's old school adventure bike in for test this week. With a round tubed steel frame and fork and straight-through headtube it's a bit different. You get mounts for mudguards and racks too, if you want to go further than just round the cross course for an hour.
And the spec includes the latest Shimano Tiagra groupset and TRP HyRd hydraulic/mechanical hybrid disc brakes too.
Rapha Brevet Winter Collar
Rapha has upgraded the buff, with its merino blend winter collar. It’s shaped to fit that irritating gap at the top of your jacket and comes with a reflective front stripe, to add frontal visibility.
Just what we need for the dark, cold commutes into work.
Bellroy Classic Backpack
We’ve previously reviewed a collection of Bellroy’s pocketable cycling wallets and phone cases. Now it’s the turn of the brand’s 17 litre commuting backpack.
Bellroy says that the Classic Backpack will take a 15 inch laptop and of course, being Bellroy, there is a range of smaller pockets both inside and on the exterior of the pack for odds and ends too.
Specialized winter tyres
There’s a tyre for pretty much every condition that winter is likely to throw at us in this collection from Specialized, along with 25mm and 28mm widths to keep us comfortable on longer rides.
The Armadillo Elite is claimed to be the most flat-resistant tyre available – now there’s a challenge for us to test.
Minoura Kagura smart trainer
Proving that smart doesn’t mean you need to take your back wheel off, the Japanese-made Minoura Kagura is a wheel on trainer with a built-in motorised resistance unit, which Minoura says has a very realistic ride feel.
It can also be operated without mains power, so you can cart it off for pre-event warm-ups too.
Santini Coral 2.0 long sleeved women’s jersey
Yet more cold weather gear, the Santini Coral jersey is made of thermal fleece, has integrated elastic which should stop those irritating draughts and reflective trimming. We’ll be testing out the two extra side pockets, in addition to the standard three rear ones, to stash away extra gels for our long winter rides.
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