It can feel a little doom and gloomy at this time of year here on the road.cc DealCatcher. With the summer waning and winter on its way it often feels like we're talking about preparing you for bad weather. Not today.
Today we're talking about the benefits of the coming months, specifically cyclocross.
If you haven't tried it yet, this winter is surely the time for you to get muddy. If it's not your cup of tea though, we do have deals other than this fantastic 25% discounted BMC Crossmachine.
Those deals are 20% off a Tacx Flow Smart Turbo Trainer over at Decathlon and 22% off Topeak's Track Floor Pump Joe Blow Max II over at Ribble.
BMC's Crossmachine CXA01 is, in BMC's words, is perfect for touring, cyclocross, gravel riding, adventuring, and commuting. The bike's triple butted aluminium frame, with comfortable riding position-specific geometry, and full carbon fork creates an excellently adaptable riding experience.
If you want a bit more advice on which cyclocross bike would be best for you, or how to approach the discipline, check out our buyer's guide below:
Tacx's 800 Watt electromagnetic braking controlled turbo trainer - the Flow Smart Turbo - is up there with the most advanced units you can buy.
For your money you'll be getting the front wheel riser block, to keep your bike secure and comfortable, as well as the trainer unit with a quick release mechanism for ease of use.
You'll also have access to Tacx's control app for customisable options, descent simulation, sprint level power options, and 14 brake positions for variable resistance.
Finally, grab yourself a bargain that'll come in useful now the temperature is dropping and spikey bits are falling off trees and punctures are abound.
We reviewed the Joe Blow 1 track pump back in 2009. We were impressed at its performance as well as its build quality - especially at such a low price tag.
Back then the Joe Blow would have set you back £30, today you've got the option of buying the new and improved version for £10 less than that. An analogue pressure gauge that reads to 160psi max, a duel head that's compatible with Schrader, Dunlop and Presta valves, and an oversized steel barrel will keep the pumping easy on your arms are waiting for you. What are you waiting for?
Elliot joined team road.cc bright eyed, bushy tailed, and straight out of university.
Raised in front of cathode ray tube screens bearing the images of Miguel Indurain and Lance Armstrong, Elliot's always had cycling in his veins.
His balance was found on a Y-framed mountain bike around South London suburbs in the 90s, while his first taste of freedom came when he claimed his father's Giant hybrid as his own at age 16.
When Elliot's not writing for road.cc about two-wheeled sustainable transportation, he's focussing on business sustainability and the challenges facing our planet in the years to come.