Tech Roundup: Rapha, Wiggo, Lightweight, Tokyo Fixed, SIS and more
Starring Rapha's new Team Sky Spray Jacket and one of the lightest bottle cages known to man
Rapha Team Sky Spray Jacket
Want to show your support for Team Sky even when you’re off the bike? Rapha offer you the Team Sky Spray Jacket (above) – yours for 75 quid.
It’s water-resistant (rather than waterproof), windproof and comes with a hood, so it’s not the best choice if you’re actually riding. It packs down into its own zip-up rear pocket.
Rapha have extended their Team Sky clothing line-up well beyond any manufacturer/team tie-in that we’ve ever known in the past. As well as all the riding kit that you’d expect, the Supporter’s range includes a Team Sky long sleeve shirt – a proper tailored shirt with a collar, cuffs and everything – Team Sky jeans and even a Team Sky belt which, we must admit, looks pretty cool.
Wiggo ditches O.Symetric chainrings
Bradley Wiggins has apparently ditched the O.Symetric chainrings and gone back to round ones. The idea behind the O.Symetric design is that they increase power output, efficiency and speed, but they weren’t on Wiggo’s bike (above) when we photographed it at the Giro.
Here they are on Wiggo's Tour de France winning bike from last year.
Wiggins told the BBC, “I’ve come off those silly rings now.”
Tokyo Fixed is moving and changing name
Bespoke road and track bike shop Tokyo Fixed is moving from Peter Street in Soho, London to Golden Square, also in Soho. The new shop will be called Kinoko Custom Cycles.
They’re also extending their offering. As well as featuring boutique brands like Tonic Fabrications, Donhou, Cherubim, Independent Fabrications and their own Tokyo Fixed brand, they’ll also be stocking bikes from Trek, Focus and Cannondale.
The Peter Street shop will close this Saturday (11 May) with Kinoko Custom Cycles opening next week.
The website will change with the exsiting URL redirecting you. Check it out because they say they’re discounting a significant amount of stock.
Here we have a couple of new bike-related T-shirts from Glasgow-based Route. Route was founded last year by David McNeil.
“We strive to create expertly styled garments that look and feel great, whether you’re on or off your bike,” says David. “We believe in quality and making products that last. All our garments are printed a short bike ride from our studio, adhere to Fair Wear Foundation standards, and use Turkish, Indian and Egyptian cotton.”
First up, we have the Crash T-shirt. It’s 100% combed cotton, comes in three different sizes, and it’s a slim fit. It’s available in indigo as well black, priced at £26.
Second, we have the Wheel T-shirt. This one is a 70% bamboo fabric with the remainder organic cotton. It’s designed to be odour-resistant so you can wear it for several days without washing. It’s a fairly slim fit too. Ours is in eggplant colour although you can go for black if you prefer. These are £30 each.
Go to www.routeclothing.com for more info.
SOS rehydration drink
A new rehydration drink called SOS has been launched that the manufacturer claims to be comparable to an IV drip in the treatment of mild to moderate dehydration.
“SOS is formulated to provide the right balance of electrolytes and sugars for optimum hydration, and is the only product that utilizes the World Health Organization's oral rehydration solution standards,” according to its makers.
SOS is a blend of sugar, sodium, potassium, citrate and magnesium and the comparison to an IV drip is based on the manner and speed at which it replenishes water and electrolytes.
SOS is designed for use before, during and after exercise to aid rehydration and recovery. It comes in single serving packets that create a mild lemon drink. At the moment you need to buy direct from the manufacturer at www.sosrehydrate.com – $8.75 for a package of five – but it should soon be available in UK outlets, so keep 'em peeled.
ICEdot launch Crash Sensor
We first told you about the ICEdot Crash Sensor a few months ago; now the first production run is being made, to be marketed this year.
In brief, the ICEdot Crash Sensor is a slim device that is able to detect motion, changes in forces, and impacts. It attaches to a helmet (bike, ski, motorsports, or whatever) and is paired up via Bluetooth to an ICEdot app on a smartphone.
The idea is that if you crash it triggers an emergency countdown. If you don’t stop it, the system will notify your emergency contacts and send GPS coordinates of where you are.
The first products will ship in the first week of July. The sensor will retail at $149, including the annual service fee for the first year. After that, it's $10 per year. They plan to launch the product in the UK this summer.
For more info go to the ICEdot website.
Bicycle Academy balance bike course
If you fancy turning your hand to a bit of bike building, the Bicycle Academy is offering you the opportunity to make a kids’ balance bike on a two day course from July.
The lightweight steel design has been developed by the Bicycle Academy and it’s suitable for children aged two and above. They reckon it’s strong enough for an adult too – and you’ll obviously want to test it out.
Enrol on the course and you’ll get to do all the brazing yourself with appropriate instruction. You’ll get to choose the colour and components and customise the stickers too.
The course costs £400 plus the cost of the components (from about £30 to £100). For more details check out the website.
New bottle cage from Lightweight
Lightweight, the German wheels people, have launched a new carbon bottle cage called the Edelhelfer. According to our sources – okay, the internet – Edelhelfer is the German for ‘super-domestique’, a reliable team-mate who’ll put the team leader into the best position possible.
Anyway, Lightweight say that the Edelhelfer weighs just 18g and it mounts with two alloy bolts. The cost? €65. It was never going to be cheap, was it? Visit Lightweight here.