Yowza! This is an epic round-up of new things. There’s a whole lotta LEDs – time of year innit – but there’s plenty of other cool stuff too.
VP External BB Midnight Blue
Affordable BB that’s 24mm axle friendly so will work fine with Shimano chainsets and ‘just about’ with FSA chainsets (it’s a bit of tight fit really). Whether the midnight blue colour will suit your bike’s paintjob is another question altogether. We reckon it’ll look quite good on white, yellow or orange frames.
Enve Computer (AKA Garmin) Mount
This is one for the Enve completists out there. It’s a mount for running your Garmin in front of your Enve stem. It only fits Enve stems. Can be run from the top faceplate bolts or the bottom ones, depends on your riding position really. Time trialists and triathletes will like the bottom position. Normal humans will like the top.
Sensa Team Bioracer short sleeve jersey
We have Sensa bike owners who come into the shop and say “oh, I don’t know you did Sensa bike kit”. We should feature it a bit more really. This jersey for example. It’s a decent bit of kit this. Good fabric. Comfy. Not ridiculously spray-on aero. Decent hem and sleeves. Full zip. Available in mainly black colourways as well as this fresh white and red combo.
Altura Night Vision stuff
Time of the year innit? As well as the 2015 range we’ve got some bits and pieces of the 2015 range on offer too. If you’re after no nonsense unmissable cycling clobber for autmn and winter commuting then you’ll not really go far wrong with some Altura Night Vision. There’s a reason they’ve pretty much cornered the market in the real world road commuting scene. It’s not just boring hi-viz yellow either. There’s orange, red and even green flavours available.
A2Z alloy cassette lock ring 12T
We’ve featured these lock rings before but this pink one caught our eye as we walked past the A2Z rack. Pretty isn’t it?
ONeal Pin It short sleeve jersey
ONeal’s best-selling, multiple award-winning jersey, has been tweaked for 2015. More breathable, faster-wicking, quicker-drying fabric. Zipped rear pocket. Shorter front and drop tail. Flat-locked seams for comfort. Available in this green scheme or a grey and black colourway.
Fenwick’s Assembly Grease and Muc-Off Carbon Gripper
A great illustration of the importance of using the correct grease. If you use the assembly grease on carbon fibre, you’ll knacker the carbon fibre. If you use the carbon gripper in your headset bearings, you’re headset won’t feel very nice. Grease is for greasing. Carbon gripper is for using on carbon seat posts and/or carbon seat tubes. Gripper can also be used on carbon bar and stem interfaces (carbon or alloy) to prevent slippage.
Northwave Celcius Arctic 2 GTX MTB boots
Even if you plunge headlong into a snow drift you’ll still be able to found if you’re wearing these flouro beauties. You’re good for temperatures down to -25° with these boots. Perhaps the most surprising thing about these boots is that they’re pretty light and nowhere near as clumpy as you’d think. They’re aimed at mountain bikers but we arguably sell more of these to hardcore commuters.
Race Face Charge arm guards
Don’t call them elbow pads whatever you do. Actually, call them that because that’s pretty much what they are. I guess Race Face want to get across the message that these aren’t hard pads in the traditional sense. These guards are more about prevents cuts, scrapes and bruising than protecting you in a major stack. Light, breathable and supple. If you’ve always got scuffed or bloody elbows, try some.
Maxxis Beaver 27.5 x 2.0 Kev DC Exc Exo TR
One of the classic UK autumn/winter treads. How many acronym suffixes do a tyre need? Well, five clearly. Kev = kevlar. DC = dual compound. Exo = cut resistant sidewalls. TR = tubeless ready. Exc = er… not sure exactly. We think it just means that it’s an XC sorta tyre. If you know what “Exc” officially denotes then please leave comment below.
NiteRider Minewt Pro 770 Enduro light
NiteRider were one of the very first companies to make proper off-road worthy bike lights. They’re still up there with the very best. NiteRider do not use “off the shelf” optics. Instead NiteRider lights utilise a custom tuned reflector designed specifically for cycling, apparently. The light pools they out out certainly are very clean and smooth. 770 lumens. 2hrs 45mins burn time on full power.
Cateye Volt 200 RC
Even modestly priced bike lights designed for commuting are very flipping bright these days. 200 lumens. Rechargeable from flat-to-full in 3hrs. Helmet-mountable. We particularly like the way the button works on this light. Single click for constant beam (high or low settings). Double click to enter flash mode. Press and hold to turn it off. Makes sense. No need to cycle through unwanted/dangerous settings when you don’t want to. Well done Cateye.
K20 2000 Lumen LED light
Not a particularly catchy name but this is one heck of lamp. This is a light designed to offer excellent brightness coupled with a remarkably low weight. The K20 gives you the option of four different modes ranging from 10%, 40%, 70% and 100% output, allowing you to tweak the brightness to the conditions. 2 x Cree XM-L2 U2 LEDs. Protected circuit board with temp control. Comes with mounts for all bar sizes, easy-on/off rubber O-ring mounting or semi-permanent plastic bracket, helmet mount included too. All for less than £80.
Lezyne Macro Drive 600 XL
Lights that are all-in-one are great. By “all-in-all” we mean lights that have the battery built into to the same body as the lamp. It never used to be the case that you could get a bright light with a decent battery burn time into one single unit. But now you can. The macro Drive 600 XL offers 600 lumens of illumination with a 2hr burn time (full power). All without the faff and mess of cabling and external battery. Lezyne’s hard plastic clasp-shut cases are cool too.
Gemini Lights Duo LED 1500 Lumen 2-cell
In the world of ever-cheaper lights it can be difficult for companies like Gemini to explain why people should buy their wares. In many ways, the joy of owning a Gemini light is not (just) the illumination performance, it’s the sheer quality of the whole construction. It just feels nice to use. Reassuring. Reliable. Solid. Whilst at the same time being dinky and light weight.
Hope R2 and R2i
The much anticipated R2 and R2i lights!
(It’s a big Goods In this week isn’t it? Can you tell I’ve already got caption writing fatigue?)
A good commuting light or a back-up/secondary/helmet mounted light for night riding MTB. Bonus points for the Batman-esque M motif on the body.
Moon Ring lights
It’s a hard task to stand out in the commuting LED market. There a re hundreds of samey plasticky LEDs out there. And, truth be told, they all work well enough. But a lot of cyclists want something a bit different. A bit stand out-ish. These Moon Rings are ace. Bright. Rechargeable. QR bar bracket (fits aero bars). Belt clip too (good for hydration packs). Side visibility. Aluminium housing.
Hamax Sleepy reclining child seat
Mrs Painter in our reviews sections says: “LOVE this seat. Pretty easy to install, and once the bracket is attached it’s really easy to pop the seat in and out. Best system I’ve seen! My toddler loves the seat, finds it comfortable and likes the bit of bounce that she gets because of the suspension when going over bumps. Fit really well to both my women’s specific bike and my husband’s bike.”
RockShox Bluto RCT3 Solo Air 100mm 26″
It’s not every fork you can fit your leg through. The Bluto is a bit different though. It’s for riders who like to be different. And noticed. It’s one of the very few suspension forks available for fatbikes.
NiteRider Pro 1400 Race
You can pretty much talk what we said about the NiteRider 770 light above but put it all on steroids. A bigger lamp. A brighter lamp. A bit more oomph all round really.
Speedplay Titanium Zero pedals
The shop has had a bit of shuffle around and we’ve moved a ‘shiny things’ cabinet up to where the tills are. There’s a vague theme with the ‘shiny things’ cabinet: stuff that makes people stop and stare. Brand new stuff, weird stuff, expensive stuff, stuff you’re not actually sure what it is. One of the first items into the cabinet were these Speedplays.
Smith Optics Forefront MTB helmet
This helmet is very much in the “HOW MUCH??” category of the shiny things cabinet. Read our previous blog about Smith Optics’ stuff if you’re intrigued as to how they get away with charging so much for a plastic hat.
Gemini Xera LED 950 Lumen 4 cell
Mr Landau is a very happy Gemini owner: “Incredibly bright for such a small size. Produces more light than products rated with much higher lumens. Excellent for my early morning cycles round Richmond Park and commute to work.”
Moon X Power 2500 Lumens
This isn’t actually the most powerful light that we stock (that’s this beast) but the Moon 2500 is still a formidable weapon against the powers of darkness. This is not a subtle light. Neither is it a dinky light or a light weight light. It’s abttering ram against blackness.
Lezyne KTV Drive Pro rechargeable light set
Just like we were saying above with the Moon Rings, some cyclists just like a bit of design difference. If you’re not keen on the round-tastic Moon lights then how’s about these rectangle-mungous lights from Lezyne?
Lezyne Hecto Auto
Or how about this round-with-a-tabbed-square-around-it design? Its Auto Flash system triggers automatic shutoff of light after 3 minutes of inactivity and turns it back on when in motion again. The Intelligent Power Indicator allows the user to check the power level at any time,
Lezyne Strip Drive Pro
Or how about this rubberised vertical stack of red LEDs? (REDs?) It kicks out an almighty 100 lumens. The LEDs are angled down towards the road surface, illuminating the road behind you whilst still making you visible to road users behind you without blinding them. Features an all new co-moulded body sealing it against the worst of the UK weather. The new Memory Mode function will ensure the light will always return to the last mode used whenever you turn it on.
Frog bikes re-stocked
We’re not entirely sure why but kids bikes seem to have been flying out lately. Maybe it’s the Indian summer? Or maybe there were just a lot of kids born in September a few years ago! The tweaked colourways of the range have gone down well with everyone who’s seen them in the flesh.
Castelli S&M wear
Okay, not really. They’re Castelli Nano ShoeCovers. But you can see why some view this sort of garb as a slippery slope on the way to gimp masks and… worse.