Tech of the week: new pro team kit deals, new apps and bike price hike news

Here’s our weekly round-up of all the tech news that’s fit to print.

Pro tech news

This week we’ve reported on the Merida bikes to be ridden by the new Team Bahrain-Merida. They were on display at the team’s first training camp in Croatia. And Cannondale-Drapac will be wearing POC clothing for the next three years.

Bora-Argon 18's Scott Thwaites at Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Movistar will be in Abus helmets from next year, as already worn by Bora-Argon 18. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

German firm Abus is going to take over as helmet provider to Movistar team from Catlike, making those iconic shots of Nairo Quintana in his distinctive Swiss-cheese lid a thing of the past. While Shimano will clothe the LottoNL-Jumbo team from 2017.

More new app functionality

We reported that Strava’s clubs functionality is now available on your mobile. So if you get fed up with your buddies while you are out riding you can now swipe them left and start the search for new partners immediately. Actually, we don’t think it works like that but it would be a neat idea for an upgrade.

Swipe left to ditch your ride buddies

Swipe left to ditch your ride buddies

It might be worth sticking with the guys though, if you’ve enrolled in the new My Money Time app. This rewards you for exercising, linking not just to Strava but to other fitness trackers. You rack up cash rewards which can be exchanged for money off products from retailers including Oakley and The North Face.

And more gloom

Yes, it’s finally that time of year when at least it’s a bit lighter when you push off for your Sunday morning run, even if you have to dash home by mid-afternoon to get back before the light fails. So we’ve given you some tips about how to ride in the dark. We’ve also hunted down deals on bike lights, warm socks and cold weather gear.

But if you don’t fancy heading out this winter, you may be interested in Elite’s new rollers. It says they provide a realistic ride feel as well as a host of innovative features.

Rollers are designed to absorb inertia and increase stability

Elite’s new Quick-Motion rollers might help keep you happy indoors this winter

Meanwhile Santander Cycles has launched a new Halloween-themed video to promote its tie-up with Blaze which adds Laserlight front lights to its entire fleet of London hire bikes.

If you fancy a new bike now may be the time, as we’ve reported a prediction that UK bike prices will rise by up to 15% next year, due to the pound’s fall. Fortunately, we’ve found 26 end of season bike deals to tempt you. And Merlin’s new Nitro SL looks like a bit of a bargain, with a World Tour frame, sub-17lb weight and full Ultegra offered for under £2000.