Accessories - misc
At first glance, this Vespertine Sash-ay Scarf is a fairly low-key, grey tweed woolen scarf along the lines of centuries worth of old fashioned posh school scarves.
Sure, it has a nicely woven pattern and it even has a cunning buttonhole and button partnership, allowing for easy securing of this wayward item of winter clothing.
Planning an all-day ride and worried your phone's battery will give up before you get to that final Strava segment? A battery-pack charger like the Powertraveller Powermonkey Discovery could be the solution.
Powertraveller is a British company which makes a very wide range of recharging solutions with onboard batteries. They have products to top up your phone as well as rather larger offerings to get your laptop or even your boat going.
The Tivoli Seamless Collar forms part of Velobici's Paris-Brest-Paris range (or PBP for short). This epic quadrennial brevet from Paris to Brest, on the western shores of Brittany, and back, requires riders to complete the 1200km route in less than 90 hours. Invoking the name of such a prestigious event sets the bar high, and the Tivoli Collar unfortunately fails to live up to this expectation.
Essentially two products in one, its easy to see why the Respro Hi Viz Vegas hump red could become something of an institution amongst urban warriors.
It boasts a hardy, weatherproof construction and eye catching designs. There's no denying the eye-scorching day glow orange, Scotchlite and LED strips are an extremely powerful combination but the latter precludes machine washing should winter sludge and grime start taking over.
BreezeBlockers produce a variety of handlebar-mounted wind shields for your hands, similar to those you see on some motorcycles. We reviewed the Aeroblade a while ago. The D.Flektr is one of three versions for mountain bikes and flat-bar commuter bikes.
Fitting is straightforward, at least in theory. An expander bolt with a peg on the end-cap fixes each D.Flektr to the end of the bar, while a rubber O-ring secures the other end in between the brake lever and gear shifter.
With many smartphone apps these days that take the role of a bike computer, along with mapping, many are wishing to mount their phones on the handlebars for easy view. This Minoura iPhone holder uses a ratcheted side-grip, making it near universally compatible with the ubiquitous rectangular smartphone shape.
The Charlie the Bikemonger Wisecracker spacer bottle opener is a natty piece of machined aluminium that will come in handy when you stop for a bottle of your favourite Belgium import beer.
No more chipped teeth or bent keys trying to lever off a bottle top ghetto style.
This neat device is a 3mm, 1 1/8inch headset spacer (I know, a miss match of imperial and metric units but this is how it is) with a pokey out bit (technical wordage) that can prize open the lid on a bottle (bottle opener).
This Juice Pack Powerstation Pro from Mophie is one of the highest capacity portable batteries on the market, perfect to charge your devices on the go.
It stores 6000 mAh, which is enough to charge most phones several times. My iPhone 4S has a battery capacity of 1420mAh, so it can charge it up to four times.
The Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Pro is a big battery, about the size of two iPhones back to back, but it will still tuck neatly into a bag or even a jersey pocket.
White Lightning make a whole bunch of oils and potions to lube your bicycle with, and they now make the Chain Johnny which is a, um, sheath to protect all those bicycle oils from getting onto things that you don't want oil on, or stop it being washed off.
Invented by David Bolch, a former professional team soigneur to the Saturn, US Postal and Discovery Channel cycling teams, the Chain Johnny is a rip-resistant, 2-ply rubber/nylon cover for your road or mountainbike's drivetrain to protect other stuff from oily smears or chainring rips.
The Hornit dB140 cycle horn was conceived on the mean streets of south London as the loudest cycle horn in the world. As its name implies, it belts out a whopping 140 decibels - 30 more than standard on cars and vans.
It doesn't take any more handlebar space than a typical commuter light, and has a distinctive tone, similar to household smoke alarm. However, the reaction of a multi-drop van driver suggests it can sometimes fuel, rather than displace, danger.