Pick ’n’ Mix
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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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