Tech of the Week: Giro d’Italia bikes, Bradley Wiggins’s bling shoes, and more

Our pick of the biggest tech stories from the last seven days

Giro d’Italia bikes

With Sunday’s time trial at the Giro d’Italia, we’ve been concentrating on the pro’s time trial bikes. In his last season in the pro ranks, Fabian Cancellara hasn’t been given any special love from Trek, being stuck riding the same Trek Speed Concept that he was last season, the poor sod.

In fact, unfortunately for fans of custom bikes, almost every other rider was using standard issue time trial bikes, with Tom Dumoulin on his Giant Trinity and Alejandro Valverde on his Canyon Speedmax CF SLX. However, Rigoberto Uran’s Cannondale Slice was one of the most exciting bikes we saw, with loads of customisations to make the Colombian as fast as possible.

Wiggo’s custom kicks

But despite all those bikes, the most eye-catching piece of kit that we saw last week were Bradley Wiggins’s custom Giro Empire shoes, a tribute to The Jam frontman Paul Weller and his Roy Lichtenstein-inspired Rickenbacker guitar.

These aren’t the only amazing custom shoes that we’ve seen recently, with Elia Viviani rocking some rather swish Giro d’Italia tribute shoes made for him for DMT.

The most advanced turbo in the world?

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You wouldn’t think that the middle of May was the best time to launch a new turbo trainer, but that hasn’t stopped CycleOps from unleasing its new Hammer turbo, a direct drive turbo that looks set to go head to head with the Wahoo Kickr and Tacx Neo.

Click through to the story for full details on the new turbo, but the first thing you’re going to be asking about is the price, which is £1,100. Yes, that’s a lot of money, but it now seems to be the going rate for a top-of-the-range direct drive turbo trainer.

Rapha’s moves into sunglasses

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If you’re already kitted out in Rapha jersey, shorts, baselayer, socks, and shoes, then you can now take the look a step further with the new Rapha Pro Team Flyweight sunglasses. As you can probably guess from the name, they barely trouble the scales at just 25g with their frameless design and Carl Zeiss lenses.

However, what is a little surprising is the price, which is £140. Yes, that’s still a lot of money, but it’s less than you have to pay for top-end Oakley sunglasses like the Jawbreakers and Radar EVs.