Pick ’n’ Mix
An extra spoonful of cycling goodness Words JAMES SPENDER Photography DANNY BIRD
1 OLFI ONE.FIVE ACTION CAM
£149.99, olfi.co.uk Olfi stands for ‘One life, film it’, which isn’t necessarily something to take literally. For example, in a film about our lives, today’s high point would be one person making coffee while two people queued in silence behind him. Yet for those times when we do jump on a bike the One.five looks to be a well endowed action cam for not a great deal of cash, ready to capture your adventures in glorious 4K style.
2 SILCA BORSA AMERICANO WALLET
£45, saddleback.co.uk Upcycling isn’t just riding up hills – it also means taking something that would have otherwise ended up in landfill and turning it into something else. In this instance that’s old inner tubes and wetsuits, which Silca has turned into this weather-resistant wallet replete with a rather fetching dominatrixgolfer aesthetic.
3 ROMANCE JERSEY AND CAP
£110, rmnc.cc If we had a flower for every time we thought of you, dear reader, we could walk through our garden forever. A deliciously romantic notion, yes, but not as romantic as the notion that all profits from these pimpin’ Romance jersey and cap bundles go directly to World Bicycle Relief, a fantastic organisation that provides specially designed, locally made bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs across Africa, South America and Southeast Asia.
4 ROTOR RVOLVER HUBS
£147 front, £328 rear, saddleback.co.uk
The Beatles album Revolver was very nearly called Abracadabra, with other names considered Fat Man and After Geography, a Ringo suggestion in reference to the Rolling Stones’ Aftermath. In a strange coincidence, Rotor’s new hubs, at 288g the pair with an all-new ‘floating clutch’ freehub, were nearly called Revolver, until Rotor decided dropping crucial vowels from words was still cl.
5 FUCHS SILKOLENE LUBES
£7.99, silkolene.com Arguably the biggest story to come out of Stoke-on-trent since Armitage merged with Shanks in 1969 to produce the most famous sanitary engineering company in Britain, Potteriesbased motorcycle oil company Fuchs Silkolene is now making a range of ‘superior, long-lasting’ lubes for bicycles. If they’re good enough for 200mph Motogp bikes, they’re good enough for us.