Pick ’n’ Mix
To cycle is the beginning of a lifelong romance
£40, apidura.com ‘Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful,’ read a press release for Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition back in 1914. It puts cycling into perspective, but dangers such as mechanicals are still real, so Apidura has created this minimalist, waterproof saddle pack to carry everything you need to save your 27-strong group from a puncture in the Surrey lanes.
$199 (£150), powerwatch.com Paypal billionaire Elon Musk might have put a car into space but the guys behind the Powerwatch could be about to make history too. As a fitness tracker, the Powerwatch is fairly basic and functional, but it packs a neat trick: it is powered from body heat, a technology its makers say could have wide-ranging applications. Just imagine if grasping your bar tape powered your bike lights…
BEET IT SPORT
From £1.85, beet-it.com In a recent interview in GQ, music legend Quincy Jones claims he can speak 26 languages, has 22 girlfriends, lunched with Picasso and saw Michael Jackson’s pet boa constrictor, Muscles, eat Jacko’s parrot. Heady claims indeed, but apparently all true, much like Beet It’s research, which shows that consuming these beetroot-boosted, nitrate-rich bars and shots increases time to failure and improves oxygen cost, so you can pedal harder for longer.
CERAMIC-SPEED UFO DRIP CHAIN COATING
£65, ceramicspeed.com Some say it’s made from the melted waxwork of Richard Nixon, others that it’s distilled from the tears of the blind, star-nosed mole, which can detect, catch and eat food quicker than the human eye can perceive. All we know is Ceramic-speed claims this is the world’s fastest chain treatment, producing 20% less friction than its nearest rival pre-ride, 83% post-ride, plus it lasts over 200km between applications.
£255, cycliq.com It surely won’t be long before James Cameron ditches his fancy Red cameras (made by Oakley founder Jim Jannard, no less) and starts shooting on a Cycliq Fly12. Featuring a full 1080p, image-stabilised camera alongside a 600-lumen bike light, the Fly12 records continuously, both as a safety precaution and so you can re-live your daily commute when you get home.