Those temperatures are plummeting, but we're still riding! Here's some more bits and bobs that we've been particularly keen to try out since they arrived at road.cc Towers...
Metier's range has expanded recently, with most of their garments featuring the innovative built-in lights on the front and back powered by a rechargeable battery pack. this is their waterproof option, and as well as the lights the specs of the jacket itself are impressive - it weighs just 175g so can easily fold into a jersey pocket, is made with stretch nylon for a comfortable fit and there's a two-way zip that allows easy access to rear pockets. Does it impress as a rain jacket, with the added bonus of being luminous? George Hill's review will be in soon.
These are Pearl Izumi's premium waterproof gloves, designed for keeping the showers out while keeping your fingers toasty on 'cool rainy rides'. They have a fleece-lined interior and a suede palm for increased grip on wet surfaces, and the anatomical fit should maximise your finger dexterity so you can still operate your computer with ease. They're also recommended as an outer glove with the P.R.O. Softshell Lite Glove underneath if you size up, for really baltic conditions.
We were impressed by the Mission CX when we first rode it at the launch in Summer, and now the top-of-the-range 8000 version has landed at road.cc Towers for review. Merida are keen to stress the Mission CX is suitable as an all-in-one bike as well as a cyclocross racer, with a Sram Force 1x groupset, clearance for wider tyres and tubeless-ready tyres to bolster its all-round credentials. They've also gone with the most up-to-date disc brakes standards, with 12mm thru-axles from and rear with their nifty 'stealth' release system with a lever inside the axle to make wheel changing a breeze. Is it as good on a CX course as it is on the commute? Liam Cahill's review is due in early December.
Designed for urban commuting and cycle path riding, this light cleverly dims automatically when it senses the light of another cyclist to prevent dazzling them... a much better option than fiddling with the buttons or turning the light head when you're trying to negotiate British paths and trails in the pitch black. 600 lumens should be enough to see on unlit paths, and the run time is up to ten hours. George Hill's verdict on this beam will be in soon.
"Show up to the event knowing that all of your kit is in tow" say Scott, with this new bag that has two big main compartments, waterproof pockets for shoes and even an exterior holder for your floor pump. There's also compartments for both clean and dirty jerseys, and a detachable changing mat for when the weather is grim. The ultimate cycle-specific raceday accessory? Ash Quinlan will be reporting back early in December...
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.