That wind just won't go away, which hasn't quite stopped us riding but it certainly throwing a few curve balls! Here's some of the highlights we've been trying out through the blustery conditions...
As worn by the Cannondale Garmin team riders, these shades have lenses courtesy of the world-renowned lens experts Carl Zeiss and injected grilamid frames that are supposed to provide a more precise fit. The lenses have an anti-fog and water ripple treatment for clear visibility no matter what the conditions are, and the nosepiece is adjustable so you can customise you fit. Mat Brett's review is due shortly.
The more affordable little brother of the top-of-the-range Tacx Neo 2, the Flux S has power accuracy of a claimed +/-3% and is direct drive for easy mounting and no wear to your tyres. The 7kg flywheel is supposed to provide a realistic feeling of inertia, and it's built to work with long derailleur cages too. Max power of 1500 watts means only the fastest track sprinters could theoretically make it wobble, and it's useable with all the latest virtual training apps. Is this Flux deluxe? John Stevenson will be telling us later this month.
These wallet-friendly shoes from Bont are fully heat-mouldable, giving you access to custom fitting at a fraction of the cost you'd usually pay for custom kicks. A fibreglass construction lacks some of the luxury of carbon but is purported to be strong and supportive, and there is a buckle for retention instead of the now-commonplace retention dial with a Velcro strap at further up to keep your feet in place. Can they do the job for less cash? Liam Cahill is finding out now.
Could this be the device that puts any doubts to bed about going tubeless? The USA-made Dynaplug offers a simple but very effective solution to those rare occasions where you puncture on a tubeless tyre (which can be a faff of course) with a small insertion tube that goes straight into the hole. You then extract the tool, depositing the repair plug in the tyre and the job's a guddun. At just 23g weight isn't an issue, and the Racer tube that holds the plugs is just 93mm so it's easy to store on your bike or in your pockets. Is Dave Arthur convinced? His verdict will be in shortly/
The Rockrider is designed for mountain biking for children ages 8 years and up, or 1.35m to 1.55 m tall if you have a particularly tall infant. 24 inch wheels and a sturdy aluminium frame with 24 gears and a . suspension fork add up to a comfortable ride with plenty of range, and it looks ok too. Will Stu Kerton + child think it rocks? Find out in the review soon...
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.