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Ride up grades and ride up­grades Words JAMES SPENDER Pho­tog­ra­phy ADAM LANGDON

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1 ZIPP TANGENTE RT TUBE­LESS TYRES

£71, zipp.com While Zipp Tangente might sound like a slick de­tec­tive from a comic book, who in­ves­ti­gates crimes in an al­ter­na­tive uni­verse, it is in fact an all-new tube­less tyre from the In­di­anapo­lis-based speed­sters. Avail­able in 25mm and 28mm, Zipp claims they’re the faste­strolling tyres in their cat­e­gory – an amaz­ing sto­ry­line in it­self.

2 B HIDE SAD­DLE

From £110, b-hide.com There’s only one thing worse than peo­ple talk­ing about your tatty sad­dle, and that’s peo­ple not talk­ing about your sad­dle at all. So make sure your pos­te­rial perch is the sub­ject of gos­sip and renown in cycling cir­cles by hav­ing it rein­vig­o­rated by B-hide, which will re-cover any sad­dle – such as this once-bat­tered Fizik Antares – in cus­tom leather and with hand-stitched de­tail­ing as per your own cus­tom de­signs.

3 WAHOO ELEMNT MINI

£79.99, wa­hoofit­ness.com If Miguel In­durain was a fish he’d prob­a­bly be a wahoo, which like Big Mig is typ­i­cally close to two me­tres long, 83kg and ca­pa­ble of speeds of 97kmh. And if the wahoo fish was a bike com­puter, well, it would be noth­ing like the Elemnt Mini, an all-singing, ver­ily can-can-danc­ing 50mm-wide GPS com­puter boast­ing 300 hours of bat­tery life and weigh­ing just 31g.

4 JAGWIRE PRO KIT AND IN­TER­NAL ROUT­ING TOOL

£39.59/£26.39, to­dayscy­clist.co.uk When Ernest Mon­ning­ton Bow­den patented the Bow­den Ca­ble in 1896, the cycling press mar­velled at both his won­der­ful name and his game-chang­ing wound steel wires, used in­stead of rods to trans­mit me­chan­i­cal force. More than a cen­tury later, Jagwire is still re­fin­ing Ernest’s in­ven­tion with its ul­tra-slick Pro ca­ble kits, now a claimed 50% lighter than most reg­u­lar cables and given easy in­ter­nal rout­ing in­stal­la­tion with a nifty mag­netic tool.

5 KUAIFIT SPORT HEAD­PHONES

$159 (£118), kuai.fit Do you want a tiny cycling coach liv­ing in your ear? You can with the Kuaifit Sport head­phones, which sync to an app data­base of coach­ing ses­sions from pro­fes­sion­als. Us­ing clever al­go­rithms and met­rics such as power and heart rate, they are per­son­ally tai­lored to your train­ing goals, with the Kuaifit broad­cast­ing the coach’s in­struc­tions to your ears. They call it ‘Smart Coach­ing’; we call it the fu­ture.

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