The sun's still out, we're still out enjoying it, and wondering what the catch is! Here's our pick of the most recent test gear that's currently out with our reviewers...
Back before Garmin et al came along, Cateye were one of the biggest names for supplying cyclists with reliable and accurate data on the bike; and while that popularity has waned somewhat in recent years, their Padrone computer is now Bluetooth-ready so you can share all your data on Strava etc as you would with more expensive GPS units. It has speed, heart rate and cadence metrics, plus trip distance, moving time and a clock. No GPS means loads of battery, so it won't run out on you during a big day in the saddle. Is the simplicity a big sell? Mike Stead is reviewing it now.
The latest Syntium disc brake wheelset from Miche is a high-end aluminium option, with the weight relatively low at 1650g a pair to make them all-rounders that Miche recommend for climbing and long days in the saddle. With an AL7075-T6 freehub body, they promise decent smoothness and reliability thanks to high-performance bearings, and the low weight and reactivity also make them suitable for mixed route riding. Are they the wheel deal? Stu Kerton's review is due shortly.
This multi-tool has 17 functions as you might have guessed, including allen keys from 2mm up to 8mm, a flathead screwdriver, two crossheads and even a bottle opener for cracking open a cold one for when your work is done. The diminutive size and 112g weight means it will easily fit in a jersey pocket or saddle bag, and it folds away neatly into a sleeve for compact storage. Has it become Mike Stead's on-bike tool of choice? The review's coming soon.
With some performance cycling sunnies pushing 200 quid nowadays, we're keen to see if these aviator-style shades from Shimano do the job for leisurely rides. The polycarbonate lenses have full UV400 protection and a scratch-resistant coating to make them more durable, and they're engineered using CNC moulding for precision and quality in each set. George Hill is currently rocking the Meteors on and off the bike...
Northwave describe the Extreme 3 as "the ultimate jersey", a big claim indeed considering the price is a little lower than other high-end options. Optimised for speed and comfort, it's made with Sensitive Plus 117gr fabric, which is super-thin and soft to the touch, plus it has hydrophilic properties to help with sweat dissipation. UPF50+ sun protection should protect you from burning, and there's all-way stretch construction with mesh panels to keep things cool and comfortable. Check back for our review soon to see if it really is the ultimate...
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.