It’s Friday and while you’re all getting extra servings of Really Fresh Goods from Chipps and Matt at Eurobike, we’ve still got a few shiny new things coming direct to the office. It’s getting towards night riding season now so we’ve got some lights in – these are NiteRider Pro 700 LED Race lights. As the name suggests, it’s got a bright 700 lumens of LED output and the Race part of the name means it uses a 4 cell Lithium Ion battery which gives up to 32 hours run time – the non Race version has 8 cells, lasts 42hrs and is 190g heavier. The batteries are designed to be replaced quickly and there’s an eight step ‘Fuel Gauge’ too see how much juice is left, but most interestingly you can use the supplied software to program the power outputs your specific needs.
Here’s a new NiteRider MiNewt 250 Cordless. Again, it gives out 250 lumens of LED darkness lifting and it has an integrated battery pack to get rid of annoying wires. There are three power settings, the brightest giving out 2.5 hours of light and the lowest 4.5 hours. Cunningly you can charge it via USB in around 4.5 hours so you can get ready for nightriding in the evening while you’re still at work.
Also in preparation for autumn drizzle, we’ve got a Mavic Echappe Softshell Jacket, modelled on Benji’s dining room portal. It’s made for high speed winter outings rather than steady slogs and uses Windstopper and softshell fabric with ClimbaVent pits to help control temperatures.
The Mavic Equipe Softshell Jacket is another tight fitting winter use outer layer, using Mavic’s trademark offset zip to try and reduce any uncomfortable pressure points. The cuffs are designed to be nice and tight to prevent warm air escaping and cold weather getting in. The pits are vented so you can control your temperature and we quite like the bright-but-not-gaudy yellow finish.
Madison have sent us a Shimano 10 speed XT Dyna-Sys drivetrain for Ed’s Ibis Tranny Long Termer. You’ll be able to read all about it in his update in the online Latest Reviews section.
From: Chicken Cycles
Perfectly named for a bit of night riding, the Mavic Cruize Shoes come in a stealthy black and again are SPD compatible but with a sole that should be comfortable enough to walk in. The uppers are a suede-y material and the sole uses Contragrip, a mix of rubber compounds and tread patterns to give extra hiking grip.
Finally we’ve got Purple Harry’s Bike Floss. Coming in a number of flavours including Bristle and Fleece, you can use these handy bendable brushes to get into annoying nooks and crannies on your bike, such as in between cassette cogs, inside derailleurs gubbins etc, perfect if you really really must clean every inch of your bike to a clinically high standard.
Price: £13.99 for large bristle/small bristle/large fleece multipack
From: Purple Harry
You can also be very silly and use them to make pretend moustaches, but we wouldn’t do that.