This week we've got news of some equipment to get you going faster, plus clothing options to keep you more comfortable in the wet and cold.
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.
Watch our first look video on eTap
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.