Tech Roundup: howies, Bespoke, Café du Cycliste, Guru Bike Fit, Genesis, Ritchey, Velocio, Unior and Arkel

New jacket, race bikes, bike fit service, bike shop openings, long socks, women's clothing and lots more in Tech Roundup

by David Arthur   March 8, 2014  

Good news, Tech Roundup is back! Yes I know, you've all missed it terribly. This week we've got new jackets and long stripey socks, new bike shops opening and new bike fit services, plus the world's lightest (claimed) saddlebags and a bit more besides.

howies revamp the Dyfi jacket

We were really impressed with the Dyfi Active Shell windproof jacket from howies when we reviewed it last year, and it’s back, the Welsh company tells us. We hadn’t realised it had gone away, but turns out howies sold out completely a few months ago, so decided to make a few tweaks and improvements. 

Those changes amounts to thinner and more flexible reflective bands on the arms, a longer dropped tail, and the chest pocket now has a double-sided zip pocket so the jacket can be stuffed inside it, handy when you don’t need to wear it. There’s a new interior slip pocket to stash a mobile phone. They’re sticking with the colours, but Alex from howies tells us the “the black is blacker, the blue bluer and the orange that sold out fast is the same.

At £39 it’s a bit of a snip, we reckon it’ll probably fly off the shelves again. 

www.howies.co.uk

Ritchey launch WCS Race Slick tyre

Ritchey have brought back their road tyre, this is the Race Slick. Available in 23 and 25mm options, it’s made with a 120tpi reinforced nylon casing with a 60A durometer rubber tread. Weight for a 23mm version is a claimed 189g, which is seriously light. It’s available as a tubular as well.

It costs €39 and is available through www.paligap.cc

Velocio Apparel launch new women’s cycle clothing range

Velocio Apparel have this week launched a range of women’s cycling clothing - they do offer men’s clothing, but 90% of the range is designed specifically for women. The range extends to 18 women’s pieces, available now through their online store, and a men’s jersey and bib shorts. 

Velocio has been launched by ex-professional cyclist and current owner of the Specialized-Lululemon women’s professional cycling team, Kristy Scrymgeour. She has brought her experience to a new range of women’s clothing, all made in Italy.

Key to the clothing says Velocio is fit. Every panel, seam, stitch and detail has been carefully considered. Says Velocio:

“When we set out to create Velocio, we knew it had to be different, to set itself apart. The fit, feel and performance of our clothing relies on very deliberate choices in fabric technology.

“Moreover, we developed Velocio Fit, a proprietary design pattern to support a rider while cycling. Performance matters, whether it is at the highest levels of sport or in the enjoyment and longevity of a great casual ride. Velocio Fit takes a rider’s shape and movement and maximizes the places where compression helps support muscles to reduce fatigue, where chamois and trim choices minimize the contact points to reduce discomfort and where little details like leg grippers and zipper pulls optimize every touch point for better connection and a nicer feeling piece of clothing.”

It looks like some really nice clothing, nicely designed with a great style and collection of colours. You can see the full range at http://velocio.cc/shop/

Camelbak Relay water filter for the home launched

Camelbak are branching out with the launch of the Relay, a home water filter system. A common problem, at least in my experience, is that the filtration mechanism can be very slow to filter water. That is something Camelbak have focused on, claiming their new design is significantly faster. So less time waiting for it to fill up, which is good. They claim it’s 10x faster in fact in their comparison tests, which you can read in detail here. 

The Relay filters water twice, first as you fill it from the tap, and secondly as you pour into a bottle or glass. The company claims the plant-based filter removes 97% of chlorine, taste and odour. The lid locks into place so avoiding the potential for spillage, and it doesn’t spill when you pour either. No word on whether it’s going to be available in the UK or how much it might cost, but we’ll endeavour to find out for you.

More at http://relay.camelbak.com/

Bespoke Cycling expands to new store opening in Canary Wharf Crossrail in May 2015

Bespoke Cycling, first opened in 2007 and specialising in high-end premium bike brands and bike fitting, are expanding with a new store set to open in the Canary Wharf Crossrail retail and leisure development which is due to open in May  2015.

“Personal service and expert product knowledge is at the heart of everything we do,” said Bespoke’s  founder, Barry  Scott. “We opened our first London  store  in 2007 and have been proud to bring bike fitting expertise into the mainstream. Our new store will be full of beautiful bikes and components from the world’s leading brands, and we can’t wait to be part of the exciting new Crossrail development at Canary Wharf”.

Camille  Waxer, Chief Administrative Officer for Canary Wharf Group plc, said: “Cycling is a big part of the  community here at Canary Wharf and we’re glad to have Bespoke Cycling onboard as it will really appeal to our keen cyclists when it opens at the new Crossrail development in 2015.”

In addition to a showroom and bike fitting studios the 5000 square­foot store will have a fully equipped service centre.  Advice on bikes, training and nutrition will be available in­store from Bespoke’s team of specialists.

www.bespokecycling.com

Café du Cycliste launch Striped Sock

Spring is nearly here, time to get the posh socks out of hibernation. But how long is the perfect cycling sock? That’s a debate, er, argument that can run and run. Café du Cycliste have been pondering that, and have just launched the new tube sock, inspired by tube socks fashionable with skateboarders during the 1970’s.

The design has been brought up to date with modern fabrics so they’re comfortable and breathable and wick sweat away from your skin. Just need spring to arrive so we can get out of full winter clothing and show off in socks like these.

More over at http://blog.cafeducycliste.com/tube-sock-style/

Unior chain whip

If you’re frequently swapping cassettes between different wheels (as the road.cc tech team seems to be doing a lot lately) then you’ll know too well that it can be a bit of a faff.

Enter the Unior chain whip, which replaces the traditional chain whip design with a short length of chain attached to a metal handle, with this design. It simply plugs into the cassette, locking into the smallest sprocket. The demonstration made it look very easy, we’re going to get one into the office and throw our old chainwhip away.It costs £38.99.

Also new from Unior is this singlespeed sprocket removal tool. Getting a singlespeed sprocket off a BMX or singlespeed bike can be a hard job, but this new tool aims to make it a doddle. It’s more of a workshop tool really, hence it lots built to last a lifetime, and costs £74.99.

www.uniortools.com

Arkel launch Dry-Lite 420g waterproof pannier

If you want to go touring in the UK this summer then you’ll need some way of carrying your sandwiches, and keeping them from getting soggy. These new Arkel Dry-Lite panniers weight just 420g and are claimed to be fully waterproof.

They have plenty of space for your sandwiches, and much more besides, with 32 litre capacity across the two bags. They have a roll-top waterproof design and lightweight horizontal stays keep the bags clear of the wheel. They have reflectors and a built-in shoulder strap for lugging off the bike.

www.arkel.ca

Guru Bike Fit Experience launches in Leisure Lakes, Tri UK and Hoops Velo bike shops

CSG UK (importers of Cannondale and Charge) is bringing the Guru Bike Fit Experience to three bike shops in the UK, Leisure Lakes (Daventry), Tri UK (Yeovil) and Hoops Velo (Farnham), with more to follow in the future.

Bike fitting is big business these days with more brands and retailers seeking to offer new and existing customers professional bike fits. The Guru Bike Fit Experience uses an automated fitting machine paired with computer analysis software that takes measurements while the rider is pedalling.

The system has a huge database of bicycle models and sizes from most significant brands in the industry so it can recommend the correct frame model and size for each rider. The process includes a 3D body scan of the rider using technology developed by Microsoft for the medical industry based on facial recognition software.

www.gurucycling.com

Madison Genesis Volare team bike gets fresh lick of paint

There’s a fresh new paint finish for the Madison Genesis Volare 953 team bike ahead of the race season, revealed on the company’s Facebook page today.

The team enters their second year and are still racing the range-topper Volare 953 (that we’re currently testing as it happens). While the frame is essentially unchanged, the new look is a big improvement over the previous finish, with a black over silver colourway and more subtle Madison branding. Nice stripe details stretching from the carbon fork across the down tube, seat tube and seatstays too. More details on the new bike soon...

www.genesisbikes.co.uk

More from Tech Roundup next weekend.

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I bought one of the original howies jacket. Great piece of kit at a super price.

Cycled up Alpe d'Huez at least once each month since July 2008

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posted by gbzpto [78 posts]
8th March 2014 - 9:43

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Love the idea of the replacement chain whip, is it 11 tooth on one side and 12 on the other? Or two different tools in the pictures?

posted by Bagpuss [101 posts]
8th March 2014 - 9:55

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Shame that velocio.cc look like another company making 'higher end' clothing that will fail to meet the requirements of the majority of female cyclists. My g/f is a size medium (10-12) in normal clothes and as it happens DHB clothing for example, however, according to velocio.cc sizing chart she would be a XL...so god knows what you're gonna do ladies if you're any bigger. Another company reinforcing female body image stereotypes?

posted by djm778 [33 posts]
8th March 2014 - 12:49

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Unfortunately, Veloccio is a North American company shipping from the USA. The prices on their website do not include VAT or duty, so that will have to be paid on the UK end.

It's really too bad as the clothes look good to me and sizing alright though based on form/race fit. Not sure about comment from djm778 on sizing as comparing a Wiggle DHB item in a UK 10 to the Veloccio measurements is equal to a size small as far as I can tell. Unless djm778 is referring to American size 10/12 which is bigger that UK10/12.

Pepita rides again!

posted by pepita1 [174 posts]
8th March 2014 - 13:24

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Love that Genesis frame!

posted by eurotrash [76 posts]
8th March 2014 - 15:08

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djm778 wrote:
Shame that velocio.cc look like another company making 'higher end' clothing that will fail to meet the requirements of the majority of female cyclists. My g/f is a size medium (10-12) in normal clothes and as it happens DHB clothing for example, however, according to velocio.cc sizing chart she would be a XL...so god knows what you're gonna do ladies if you're any bigger. Another company reinforcing female body image stereotypes?

A British size 12 is a 30 inch waist so she would fall between M and L. (My Mrs is the same size) The sizing seems ok to me, if people are bigger then look elsewhere.

As an aside, the answer to the question about sock length: Those socks are too long.

posted by ajmarshal1 [266 posts]
8th March 2014 - 16:22

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ajmarshal1 wrote:
djm778 wrote:
Shame that velocio.cc look like another company making 'higher end' clothing that will fail to meet the requirements of the majority of female cyclists. My g/f is a size medium (10-12) in normal clothes and as it happens DHB clothing for example, however, according to velocio.cc sizing chart she would be a XL...so god knows what you're gonna do ladies if you're any bigger. Another company reinforcing female body image stereotypes?

A British size 12 is a 30 inch waist so she would fall between M and L. (My Mrs is the same size) The sizing seems ok to me, if people are bigger then look elsewhere.

...the kind of stereotypes reinforced by thoughtless comments like that!

posted by djm778 [33 posts]
8th March 2014 - 16:29

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djm778 wrote:
ajmarshal1 wrote:
djm778 wrote:
Shame that velocio.cc look like another company making 'higher end' clothing that will fail to meet the requirements of the majority of female cyclists. My g/f is a size medium (10-12) in normal clothes and as it happens DHB clothing for example, however, according to velocio.cc sizing chart she would be a XL...so god knows what you're gonna do ladies if you're any bigger. Another company reinforcing female body image stereotypes?

A British size 12 is a 30 inch waist so she would fall between M and L. (My Mrs is the same size) The sizing seems ok to me, if people are bigger then look elsewhere.

...the kind of stereotypes reinforced by thoughtless comments like that!

Oh cry me a river.

posted by ajmarshal1 [266 posts]
8th March 2014 - 16:59

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Are we really talking about cycling clothes and standard sizing in the same breath?! Nowhere else am I anywhere near an xxl!!

posted by geargrinderbeard [32 posts]
9th March 2014 - 1:09

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Barry Scott?

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posted by Jez Ash [90 posts]
9th March 2014 - 8:40

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Cycle clothing - license to overcharge & undersize. If you want ordinary bike wear that fits & is reasonable priced go to Aldi or Decathalon. Not everyone want's to look like the next TdF wannabe Angry

posted by Gus T [27 posts]
9th March 2014 - 9:30

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