Tech of the Week: the new Specialized Roubaix, incredible bike lights deals, the new iPhone 7 and more

We round up the biggest tech stories from the last seven days

Great deals for bike lights


Don’t forget your bike lights when you’re cycling in the dark

We’ve rounded up the best deals on bike lights for the dark months ahead of us. It will be dark, and it will be cold, but with the right gear (particularly in term of visibility and layers to keep warm) you have no excuse but hit the road.

You’ll find the best deals from Wiggle, Chain Reaction, Evans Cycles and Merlin. You can find the best front (both from the category to see or to be seen), and rear lights. The latter particularly important if you look at the stats: around 40% of accidents occurs when cyclists are hit by behind from motor vehicles.

The new Specialized Roubaix

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Specialized’s new Roubaix is back with a renewed front suspension

Specialized already tried to feature a front suspension on its bikes back in the 90s, but after some years of experiments, the technology suddenly disappeared. Until now, though, as the brand-new Specialized Roubaix  is back with a suspension system integrated in the steerer tube that is claimed to be 4,538% more compliant than the old Roubaix.

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There is also a women’s version version (the Ruby) and has been developed together with McLaren and their computer technology in the first stages of the process. The prices for the Roubaix and Ruby starts from £1,900 for the Elite with Shimano 105 and go all the way up to the £7,500 S-Works model with SRAM Red eTap.

The new iPhone 7 – what does it mean for us>

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The new iPhone 7 has got several bike-friendly features

Last week was also long awaited in the tech world for the launch of the new iPhone 7. But all we wanted to know was whether it will be good for cyclists.

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Firstly, the new iPhone is water resistant (great news particularly if you live in the UK) and Apple also claims that the battery of iPhone 7 will last two hours more than that of the iPhone 6. The screen is also brighter, while the ditching of the headphone jack might encourage more use of wireless Bluetooth headphones (not that we’d recommend that while riding on the road).

>>> Turn your smartphone into a bike computer

Last, but not least, the new iPhone 7 is still a phone. So in case still make calls in case you’ll need to.

Torq’s alcoholic energy gels

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It won’t be like having a pint on the bike!

We agree, you must never drink and ride, so thankfully this new energy gel launched by Torq won’t get you drunk. The limited edition beer-flavoured Winter Shandy energy gel, even though alcoholic, contains “just” 1.2% alcohol, which means that you have to consume up to 34 gels to get the same effects of a half a pint.

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Torq is planning to launch the new gel at the end of the month at the NEC Bike Show in Birmingham, for those who fancy accompanying it with a Balti.

This clever device will convert any bike to wireless shifting

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XShifter is promising to turn any bike into wireless shifting

If you always thought of going from mechanical to electronic shifting, but you didn’t want to brake the bank, XShifter might be the solution to your conundrum.

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XShifter, which is the work of former SRAM engineer Paul Gallagher, is a wireless shifter mounted on the handlebars and that will control both the front and rear derailleur with small motors. These motors are mounted on the seatstays and the seat tube, and will move the derailleurs using short lengths of cable (ok, so it’s not complete wireless).

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