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Shiny new gear from Polar, Flectr, Giro, Huez and Garmin that are currently out with road.cc's review crew...

Another week, another eclectic selection of cycling garb, gadgets and accessories finding their way to road.cc's HQ. Here's the pick of what we've been reviewing recently...

 

Polar M460

£199.50

Polar M460 GPS Bike Computer.jpg

Polar M460 GPS Bike Computer.jpg

The M460 is the latest computer in Polar's range. Weighing in at just 50g, 14mm thick and 34x34mm screen size, the M460 is the most compact bike computer they offer. Although it's got a simple display, the M460 isn't short of high-end features, with advanced power meter capability, Strava Live segments, smart notifications and a claimed 16 hour battery life. The unit comes complete with a heart rate strap and mount, and all your data syncs wirelessly via the Polar Flow app. How does it stack up compared to similarly-priced GPSA units? Yours truly is using this computer exclusively at the moment, with a full review coming soon... 

polar.com/uk

 

Flectr Dawn 

£15.90 (single set)

flectr Aerodynamic Wheel Reflector.jpg

flectr Aerodynamic Wheel Reflector.jpg

These wheel reflectors have been nominated for a German Design Award, with Flectr claiming they're virtually weightless and as aerodynamic as wheel reflectors can be so they don't affect your speed. The reflectors fit right onto your spokes with adhesive, and although they're paper-thin they're supposed to be 'indestructible'. For the £15.90 quoted price you get a set of four reflectors, in a choice of either silver or yellow colours. Mike Stenning will be reflecting on his verdict over the next fortnight, with a full review coming soon. 

shop.flectr.bike

 

 

Giro Prolight Techlace

£349.00

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Giro Prolight Techlace Cycling Shoes - side.jpg

We were intrigued by these £349 kicks when they first landed in the office, and with our tester Sean Lacey currently trying them out we'll find out soon if you can have comfort and power transfer for the crazy light 192g per-shoe weight of our size 46 test pair. The Prolight Techlace is described as a high-performance shoe with “unbeatable comfort and breathability” in the upper. The laces feed into Velcro straps, giving the aesthetic appearance of laces with the convenience of Velcro. The outsole is made from full carbon fibre ‘TeXtreme’ compound for added stiffness, and this is the same material used in F1 race shoes that uses a low weave to reduce weight but maintain the same levels of stiffness. 

zyrofisher.co.uk

 

Huez Inverse Rock

£130.00

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Huez Inverse Rock Jersey.jpg

This loud and proud jersey from London-based Huez is made in Italy, with the design taking inspiration from the Helvetic rocks of the Alpe d’Huez. The Lycra offers a 4-way stretch fabric, purporting to provide plenty of breathability on hot days. There's three back pockets, the cuffs are folded and bonded and the low cut neckline provides "classic, race-inspired styling". Will that busy print provoke envy or ridicule... and more importantly does it do the job on the bike? Stu Kerton will be giving us his tuppence worth soon... 

huez.co.uk

 

 

Garmin eTrex Touch 25

£219.99

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Garmin eTrex 25 Touch -10.jpg

Garmin's eTrex line is their multi-purpose navigator aimed at outdoor activities, casual cycling and hiking. The Touch 25 is the latest iteration of the popular series, which if you haven't already gathered now comes with a full touch screen. It comes with pre-installed TopoActive Europe maps and optimised Activity Profiles for various recreational activities, and a cycle mount is included with the unit. Garmin say the eTrax Touch 25 works just like a car sat-nav, but with features specifically designed for navigation during recreational activities like cycling and hiking. As with all the latest Garmin sports GPS products you can share all your activities via Garmin Connect, and download activities uploaded by others. Our reviewer Neil Gander is currently finding his way with the eTrex 25, hoping it will point him in the right direction...

garmin.com/gb

 

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After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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LastBoyScout [332 posts] 4 months ago
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I like the look of the Flectrs, but you could probably get them down to about £5 a set if they got rid of all that packaging.

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michaelsmith22 [2 posts] 4 months ago
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Ratfink [179 posts] 4 months ago
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I reckon that's the promotional pack for review i suspect what you get for £15 is the little packet with the hole for a display hook.

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michaelsmith22 [2 posts] 4 months ago
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Isn't the Reflctr just this but with a well stamped/cut out shape?

 

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Dr_Lex [464 posts] 4 months ago
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Stanley knife to the sleeve on a traffic cone and I've the spokey-doke version prototyped.

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NorthEastJimmy [95 posts] 4 months ago
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"Sleek and sexy over the day" 

The pack says it's a set of 6, not 4.

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alansmurphy [1242 posts] 4 months ago
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Ratfink wrote:

I reckon that's the promotional pack for review i suspect what you get for £15 is the little packet with the hole for a display hook.

Especially given that there's only one in that pack...

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ktache [627 posts] 4 months ago
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Speaking of spoke reflectors, I like to use the straws, does anyone know of straws that will fit the narrower parts of my butted spokes?  Managed to buy 3 packs of  very cheap ones from Tescos that fit the ends fine but I like to put them on the inside of the wheel so that I don't lose lots when locking the wheel with my new york chain.  Tried the Halfords ones too, but returned them.

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reliablemeatloaf [106 posts] 4 months ago
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ktache wrote:

Speaking of spoke reflectors, I like to use the straws, does anyone know of straws that will fit the narrower parts of my butted spokes?  Managed to buy 3 packs of  very cheap ones from Tescos that fit the ends fine but I like to put them on the inside of the wheel so that I don't lose lots when locking the wheel with my new york chain.  Tried the Halfords ones too, but returned them.

Saw these a while ago; I don't ride at night, so I don't need reflectors, but they might help you!

https://shop.flectr.bike/pages/flectr-zero-specifications

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cyclisto [331 posts] 4 months ago
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LastBoyScout wrote:

I like the look of the Flectrs, but you could probably get them down to about £5 a set if they got rid of all that packaging.

You can actually get with 1 quid a meter of 3M self adhesive refletive tape and treat all your bikes wheels. Or even better with 0 quid you may demand when you buy your bike to put on the mandatory reflective elements, or at least give them at your hands if you feel way too cool and fast so that these little devils ruin your impeccable image and unrivaled aerodynamics to put them on, so that you can give them to the next possible byer of your bike.

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jollygoodvelo [1682 posts] 4 months ago
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Anyone else have a box at home with about ten of those mandatory wheel reflectors sitting in it?  3  Can't throw them out... but like hell are they going on my bike.

 

Another vote for 3M reflective tape though.  Amazing stuff.  Nice long strips up the seatstays and forks, costs nothing, lasts forever.