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Cyclist - - Must Have - Words JAMES SPENDER Pho­tog­ra­phy DANNY BIRD

1 VI­SION METRON 4D BARS

£309.95, wind­wave.co.uk For some, 4D will mean time re­garded as anal­o­gous to lin­ear di­men­sions, used to spec­ify the po­si­tion and be­hav­iour of a par­ti­cle. For others, such as Vi­sion, it de­mar­cates a new se­ries of car­bon aero road bars with er­gonomic for­ward bend, widened ca­ble rout­ing paths and an over­all weight of 233g. The pur­pose of time is so that ev­ery­thing doesn’t hap­pen at once; the pur­pose of these bars is to make you faster.

2 LOOK KEO 2 MAX PED­ALS

£69.99, zy­rofisher.co.uk Cy­clists owe a huge debt to ski­ing. Not only is the sport re­spon­si­ble for the creation of some of the world’s most in­spir­ing roads, built solely to ser­vice ski sta­tions, but sprung ski bind­ings gave Look the idea for the first cli­p­less ped­als, the PP65. Now in its 33rd year, the Look con­cept re­mains un­changed but the ex­e­cu­tion has been im­proved, with these lat­est Keo Max’s down to just 125g for the pair yet boast­ing a 25% wider con­tact patch for in­creased ped­alling ef­fi­ciency.

3 V24 SHOT

£14 for seven, v24shots.co.uk The most ex­pen­sive shot ever drunk came from a 155-year-old bot­tle of Cognac Croizet Cu­vee Leonie, and cost its im­biber, Chi­nese busi­ness­man Ja­son Wong, a hand­some £7,072 for the priv­i­lege. Which sud­denly makes these V24 Shots look like phe­nom­e­nally good value, es­pe­cially given they pack 24g of ap­ple-flavoured pro­tein per hit, have zero fat and con­tain just 97 calo­ries.

4 CAR­BON TI X RO­TOR 2

£182, the­cy­cle­clinic.co.uk De­spite cost­ing more than your first bi­cy­cle, there are at least three rea­sons why you want the X Ro­tor 2. One, it is has a car­bon car­rier mated to a steel brak­ing sur­face with ti­ta­nium riv­ets. Two, peo­ple will look at you dif­fer­ently. Three, it’s just the thing if the coast­ers avail­able at John Lewis just aren’t fancy enough for you. Af­ter all, if you can’t go fast, go bank­rupt.

5 SILCA TATTICO MINI PUMP

£50, sad­dle­back.co.uk If the SAS car­ried mini pumps they’d prob­a­bly look a lot like the Silca Tattico. With a re­tractable hose and presta/schrader chuck, this ma­chined 6061 alu­minium in­fla­tor is as adept at pump­ing up tyres to 100psi as it is at beat­ing off high­way­men, in­fil­trat­ing hostage sit­u­a­tions and shov­ing in Andy Mcnab’s spokes.

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