We've stocked up on sunscreen and are all set for the heatwave this week, which won't stop us getting out and testing some of the latest bikes, gear and tech of course! Here's the pick of the pile this week...
Scicon off of bags have been slowly but surely extending their range to include clothing and accessories recently, also launching a saddle and a pair of bib shorts last year. The Italian-made lenses offer a wide field of vision and are photochromatic, so suitable for most light conditions. Scicon's Flexi Fit temples and adjustable tips are coated in thermoplastic elastomer material to ensure they're wrapped securely around your head, and there's also some ventilation between the frame and lenses to reduce fog and increase airflow. Worth the big price tag? Stu Kerton will be telling us if he thinks so in his full test report, coming soon.
Decathlon's new fancy-sounding bike and apparel line is still offering very appealing value for money, with this performance jersey coming in at a price quite a bit lower from equivalents from various other brands. It's designed for racing with an ergonomic and close-fitting cut, and mesh inserts for better cooling and sweat wicking. There are also four pocks at the back, one of which has a zipper for valuables. Is it up there with the best performance jerseys for less? Stu will be delivering his verdict soon.
It's name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but Pearson claim their Once More Unto the Breach single speed will roll nicely during your commute thanks to a lightweight alloy frame paired with a carbon fork and the simple design. With space for mudguards and fittings for racks and panniers, it's touted as a smooth and comfortable bike that is also highly practical for chugging around town. Does it ride as smooth as it looks though? Find out in Mat Lamy's review in early August.
A light and a security system wrapped in one, the SR600 has an anti-theft alarm system that turns on when the torch is unmounted – "a simple solution that makes safeguarding your bicycle easy and stress-free", say Bouh. There's no need to charge the alarm as it charges itself from the light, and should a thief try to take off with your bike they will be greeted with a 120dB siren. The light kicks out 600 lumens with five modes and delivers up to 10 hours of run time, Each torch has a unique serial number that pairs it to the alarm that it came with, with the electronic connection making it safe from cyber attacks. A handy two-in-one that gives you piece of mind and a decent beam? The verdict is due in early August...
These are Cycology's staple bib shorts in a plain black colourway with a heat-pressed logo on the leg for mixing and matching with any jersey colour. They offer body-contoured panel construction for superior comfort and fit, with laser-cut elasticised grippers on the leg cuffs to stop them riding up. The durable fabric has a four way stretch that Cycology say offers plenty of moisture wicking for hot days. How do they compare to the competition? Find out in James Whatley's review later next week.
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.