February 18, 2011
It’s Friday, we’ve got Fresh Goods and if you’ve been looking outside it almost feels like spring has been sprung on us. We’ve seen snowdrops and it can only be a matter of time before the bluebells arrive. This is something to be very happy about we reckon.
We’ll kick this week off with a happy Jon in the new Giro Surface helmet. The p*sspot style polycarbonate outer has a little peak to keep the rays of the sun out (when it shows its face) and hides a moulded EPS foam liner that’ll keep you nice and safe. The shell also hides the cunning ventilation system which aims to channel air up and through the helmet and out of the exhaust ports on the top. Fit is adjusted by the easy to use InForm dial system.
Insert your own deep violet protective headgear joke here. Loads of other colours and patterns too…
American bike cop mixed with rave colours…
There’s been a rash of snowsports gear turning up lately. This Giro G9 snow helmet is destined to hold the battered remains of Mark after he’s learnt to snowboard. It’s got 15 vents to keep you cool and they can also be plugged if you get too cool. It’s got earpieces to keep you cool, the InForm fit system to keep it secure and comfy and there’s a goggle strap at the back to prevent you losing them when you inevitably smash your face into the piste. It’d probably work as a crossover biking helmet too..
Chipps has had a load of the Skins Compression gear in. The aim of this stuff is to promote recovery by having the material compress active muscles in use. They do long sleeved and short sleeved tops, tights and bibs. They say that the tops compression effect means less muscle vibration and less lactic acid buildup – which should lead to faster recovery times and less pain the morning after.
Price: From £45
Chipps is modelling the C400 Long Sleeve Compression Jersey here. Skins say that by using 400 key fitting points the C400 range can offer improved core body control and power as well as on-bike comfort.
These are quite special – the brand spanking new Maxxis Beaver 29×2.0 EXC tyres. Finally, proper mud rubber for the big wheel brigade. They’ve got a siped, square blocked pattern which uses the 62a Exception compound and combined with the larger contact patch a 29″ wheel offers should have decent performance in the slop along with rolling nicely.
From: One Industries
A wider range of tyres for all conditions (not just dusty America) could well help the rise of the 29er in the UK…
More lovely rubber! The new Maxxis Ikon 26×2.2 3C EXO is their new, fast rolling blocky tread and these particular versions use both the triple compound 3C technology and the reinforced, mid-weight EXO sidewall. Jon liked the Minions using this technology a lot and, thanks to the low but square tread profile, these could well be perfect for fast summer cross country ragging as well as rocky trail centre missions…
Ahh, the smell of rubber in the morning. Smells like missed trees.
One for techno fans and serious training types here, it’s the Garmin Edge 800. As well as being their first touchscreen GPS unit, it has full compatibility with ANT+ bike sensors for cadence, power and so forth. The colour screen can be set up to show your preference of statistics and is scrolled through. This new version comes complete with Garmin GB Discoverer 1:50,000 scale Ordnance Survey mapping for the whole of Britain on a micro SD card. They also have optional plug-in 1:25k scale GB Discoverer maps for OS Explorer Map detail of 19 National Parks or 17 National Trail. There are too many smart features to list here but we’ll have a full test soon.
Price: From £349.99
It’s a rubbery week this week. We’ve got these rather spiky Michelin Wild Dig’r 2.2 mud tyres in. They use a wire bead to keep them put, a sturdy sidewall and a special soft compound with the spikes are arranged in four longitudinal lines for maximum penetration into the slop.
Sweet sweet sipes.
This is Michelin’s Wild Grip’r 2.1 tyres. We’ve been keen to get on the latest Michelin rubber and these are supposed to offer high levels of grip in all conditions while still retaining a decent rolling resistance. You can get them in sizes from 2.0 to a chunky 2.4, which has extra puncture protection thanks to four tread and three sidewall plies.
Sim has been after some new disco slippers and these Shimano M183 SPD shoes have a carbon fibre reinforced sole, PU coated synthetic leather uppers to keep the water and mud out, aggressive tread pattern with toe studs and a ratchet closure so you can do them up until your feet cry in sweet, sweet pain.
Lunch interlude now. What better for a training regime than a black pudding topped pork pie? Absolutely nothing, that’s what.
From: ‘Ham Corner’ – Todmorden Market