The gear's still coming in thick and fast, and we're still getting the miles in to deliver our recommendations on all the latest cycling kit, bikes and gizmos. Here's our pick of the pile this week...
After ruling the eyewear roost for years now in cycling (and sport in general) Oakley unveiled their first line of bike helmets at Eurobike last summer. They're now available to buy and it seems like they've put in some impressive homework without slapping on a huge price premium over other high-end helmets. The ARO5 is built for speed, optimised in the wind tunnel using computational fluid dynamics and a clay modelling process to fine-tune the shell to slice through the air. Oakley have used a BOA lace fit system which takes the clutter from around your head, making it easier to slip in your (preferably Oakley) eyewear. All Oakley's helmets come with MIPS as standard, and there are seven ARO5 colourways to choose from (including a team Dimension Data version). Have the optical giants come up with the optimal helmet to pair with your super cool shades? Sarah Langridge will be telling us soon.
With the customisable sticker options Bike Box Alan looks the part, and also has some of the loftiest recommendations out there amongst travelling cyclists and triathletes. Weighing 11.6kg, it should be able to get through customs comfortably under the weight limit with any modern bike. It claims to fit anything, even 29ers, and has an anti-crush pole for extra security. 15 cushioned straps secure your bike safely, and Bike Box Alan say it takes a mere 10 minutes to pack. Is there a better box out there? Dave Atkinson will be telling us when he's returned from somewhere sunny later this month...
FLATB say this is their most versatile jacket, cut from a soft touch stretch fabric that is supposed to feel like a jersey yet also provides plenty of weather protection. The three-layer membrane is designed to keep out the rain and wind, while it's also breathable so can be worn on spring mornings. Does it deliver a weighty performance? John Stevenson is reviewing this jacket at the moment.
It's got a huge name and a huge price tag, however the Selle Italia Novus Boost etc etc is designed to be adaptable for different sit bone types. It's all in the bevelled tip that has a compact shape so many different riders should be able to find a perfect position. Double-density padding provides plenty of comfort, and Selle Italia's Super Flow tech is supposed to reduce perennial pressure. Is it the perfect perch? George Hill is testing it now.
Another lid, and this one from Korean brand HJC is an all-out aero road option that has been wind-tunnel optimised for maximum speed. It's also super light at 190g, with an air channel system and 15 vents to provide cooling. A 3D fit system with three different size options should be enough to cover all heads, and there are four different colourways.
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.