The DealCatcher has rounded up four new offers for you today: a budget cyclo-cross bike; some rain-repelling sunglasses; and a brace of nutrition specials from Science in Sport.
We can think of so many uses for this budget 'crosser it's silly. With mudguards and fat slick tyres it'd make a great weekday pothole-basher, delivering you to the office in comfort. Head for the woods at the weekend and it'll switch easily between lanes and dirt roads. There are rack mounts too, so you can pop on panniers and dabble in touring without spending big. You could even use it for your first cyclo-cross race and see if you like blatting round in the mud.
The frame's aluminium with Shimano Claris gears, so the shifting should be sure and accurate, and they're accompanied by a basic but sound parts selection.
At this price of course there are compromises. At a claimed 12.6kg (27.8lb) it's no featherweight, though you could lop a chunk off that by swapping out the steel fork for a carbon/alloy one for about £60. Halfords.com reviewers report that the pedals are rubbish, but that's not unusual at this price; expect to replace them fairly soon.
Summer's here — at last! — so you need to protect your eyes from its rays. But let's face it this is the UK so it's as likely to rain tomorrow as to be sunny. Tifosi's Clarion sunnies have got you covered with hydrophobic mirror lenses that stop water and sweat beading up, so keeping your vision clear.
This one is a road.cc exclusive, use code 20SISREGO to get a fifth off SiS's high speed recovery formula. SiS REGO Rapid Recovery was the first complete sports nutrition recovery product, and its formula has been recently updated to further improve its performance.
SiS is knocking 50 percent off the price of this nutrition collection, created to support Bradley Wiggins' successful Hour Record attempt. The bundle comprises:
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.