Tech round up: Schwalbe Natural Bike Soap, SaveMyBar plugs, WattBike customised gearing and Muoverti Tiltbike

From an environmentally-friendly bike cleaning product to Tour de France-winning bar bungs

Selection of interesting cycling products that made news this week in July 2022
(Image credit: CloseTheGap, WattBike, Schwalbe and Muoverti)

The pursuit of a more realistic indoor training experience is at the heart of two the featured products this week. Both the established WattBike and the upstart TiltBike seek to achieve this by increasing the level of customisation to better resemble your road bike. 

However, considering it's summer and you probably want to be outside riding an actual bicycle as well, we're providing some necessary counterbalance with two more products, designed for the real not the virtual world: a fresh look at the humble bar plug inspired by Tour de France conquering giants Jumbo-Visma and a bike cleaner that eschews plastic while whipping up a lather in the process. 

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.