It’s a week when Sim and Jon are both off on holiday, Matt’s off next week and Chipps is just back from being away. Seems that there’s not been enough folk on the phones to fill the Fresh Goods bucket. We still have a bunch of stuff to show you. It can’t always be 180mm suspension forks and uppy downy posts now, can it?
First up is something we’ve not seen in a while… Sunshine! Yep, only a week to go until the clocks go forward. The crocuses and daffs are out and it’s only 91 days until Mountain Mayhem. Time to get out on the bike then!
Tenn Outdoor, those makers of affordable cycling wear, sent us a few jerseys for test and photoshoot duties in suitably springlike colours. Here’s the Cool Flo Jersey which RRPs for £31.99 and has a full zip and three rear pockets.
Cool Flo Jersey
From: Tenn Outdoors
And making a welcome return to actual cycling clothing (rather than cool stuff that it’s possible to ride in) is Howies! Here’s their Women’s Taith top. A Merino/Nylon mix cycling jersey with tailored fit, rear pocket and reflective trim. Rather oddly it features a full length zip, which we never find particularly flattering over the stomach – and it’s rare that women ride with jerseys unzipped to the navel. A half zip next time perhaps Howies?
Diamondback Sortie 1
There’s more Howies stuff in a minute, but before that, let’s look at this Knucklebox – it’s the centrepiece of the Diamondback Sortie 1. It’s a full suspension machine with neat, low down suspension gubbins and a smart white finish.
Price: From £7.99 to subscribers
From: Singletrack Shop
We’ve just had a re-stock of our super-popular (and incredibly heavy) coffee mugs. We’re really happy with how these look – and the coffee-drinking experience is pretty special.
Cube AMS Comp
From: Cube Cycles
And you’re back with the Howies.
Howies Vail Tee is still going strong and comes in some suitably springlike colours too. We’ve been wearing Howies Merino tees all winter and reckon they’re great. Sorry about the sideways pictures. It’s one of those days (already).
Howies Vail Tee
Here’s the new Howies Outsider short, which features water resistant Epic cotton and a seamless, yoked crotch so that excessive saddle friction doesn’t bust any seams. Price: £89.99 www.howies.co.uk
Now, here’s the Howies Slipstream Jersey – with 100% merino, rear pockets and a 1/3rd zip (why can’t the girls have that zip?) and coming in a nicely conservative black and off-white. Price: £80 (though it’s a tenner off this week) – www.howies.co.uk
And finally for the Howies collection this week is this pair of NBL base layers. Its normal for the ladies to get all the good colours, but we really like the look of these men’s blue and cream base layers. £49 long sleeve and £45 short sleeve.
Price:About a fiver
A secret little spray bottle that we’ve seen in many pro-mechanics’ toolboxes. It’s a light water-dispersing spray that’s really handy for all sorts of jobs. Brunox also does a Rockshox-approved fork seal spray called Deo too.
Fat Hand – here’s Matt’s Fat Hand, gained while doing a feature for the next issue. Cause? An over-bars-to-rock-slap. We look forward to seeing how the bruising spreads…
Zebra Video Recording Sunglasses.
Yep, the future is here! Matt is sporting the latest in techno-eyewear. Not only are these Zebra Sunglasses going to protect your eyes, but thanks to the tiny digital camera fitted (in that little hole) between the eyes, it’ll record everything you’re doing too. There’s 2GB of internal memory and a USB port (as well as a micro-SD slot for more memory). They’re on charge now and we hope to bring you the results very shortly. Bonkers!
Leffe four pack
Price: About €4
From: Belgian supermarkets.
If you fancy a classier beverage to enjoy on the canal bank, drink cans of Leffe rather than Special Brew. Just tell the policeman that you’re a bohemian and he’ll leave you alone to enjoy the sun and the suds. That’s Chipps’ excuse anyway.