Go faster news
We seem to have been following SRAM Red e-Tap wireless electronic shifting for ages. Well, you can finally buy a bike equipped with it, as Boardman Bikes’ 2016 range includes the AIR 9.9 and SLR Endurance 9.9 equipped with the new groupset. They don’t come cheap though at £6499.99 and £6299.99 respectively.
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To get the best out of your new bike you might want one of CeramicSpeed’s UFO chains. At 125 Euros or so, CeramicSpeed says they keep their ultra-low friction properties for around 200 miles. So that you can keep going a bit further than that, the company now provides a 15ml bottle of Squirt Lube with each chain.
We’ve also updated our Black Friday deals page with the latest bargains we’ve found scouring retailers’ websites. Instead of £1800, you can get your hands on Mavic’s Cosmic CRX 60 wheelset for under a grand at the moment.
And we’ve also looked at whether narrower bars are the way forward if you want to reduce your frontal area and wind resistance. Chris Hoy’s a fan.
The worlds of cycling and soccer are getting closer too. We reported that Grimsby Town has released a cycling jersey in its strip and that the Belgian national team’s new away strip has a cycling bent to its design.
But if your taste in winter cycling wear veers more towards warm and black, there’s always the Rapha Pro Thermal Aerosuit. It combines a pro team jacket with pro-level tights into a single garment. A snip at £320.
We also looked last week at how to dress for wet weather: topical at present.
And Look Mum No Hands has introduced podium pants for ladies. They come in a pack of three in yellow, green and polka dots.