Tech of the Week: Lizzie’s world champ’s bike, the best winter kit, and more

Here's our pick of the tech highlights from last week, including Lizzie's rainbow Amira and our pick of the best winter cycling kit

Lizzie’s special Specialized

lizzie armitstead's specialized amira

While Peter Sagan was handed his rainbow-adorned Specialized Tarmac a few weeks back, Lizzie Armitstead has had to wait a little longer for delivery of her the rather snazzy Specialized Amira that she will use in 2016, complete with a special paintjob to celebrate her victories in both the World Championships and World Cup.

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And you have to say that it was worth the wait. Most of the frame is covered with a sparkly white paint, while all of the details are either in the colours of the rainbow bands or the slightly brighter jersey of the World Cup leader. We look forward to seeing the bike in action come February when Armitstead will hope to repeat last year’s victory in the Ladies Tour of Qatar.

Zwift rides off behind monthly membership fee


With winter closing in, Zwift has given all you turbo trainer fans a bit of bad news. From 29 October you will only be able to access the virtual reality online turbo trainer game by paying an £8 (or $10) monthly membership, after the software had been free to use since its launch back in September 2014.

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The good news is that anyone who had signed up before last month will be able to access “exclusive founding member virtual goodies”, while there are also plans in the pipeline to introduce structured workouts into the game, which could see more riders use it as part of their winter training.

Garmin Connect app gets a facelift

garmin connect mobile app

The other big software news this week was the complete redesign of the Garmin Connect mobile app, giving it a completely different look to its desktop big brother. The new interface offers different screens for different sports, as well as having a daily activity screen designed to be used with a Garmin vivofit fitness tracker.

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However the key functionality remains, so you can wirelessly sync with your Garmin Edge devices and also Live Track activities, meaning your loved ones can see where you are and make sure you’re safe when you’re out riding alone.

The best winter kit

And finally, with the nights getting longer and the days getting colder, it’s getting to the point where you can’t put off buying some decent winter cycling kit any longer. And if you’re not sure what to look then fear not, as we’re here to guide you towards getting the best kit to get you through those months of winter riding ahead.

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First up we’re covering all bases with a complete guide to winter cycling clothing. It’s got everything in there, from bib tights and jacket, right down to smaller items such as gloves, overshoes and even sunglasses.