Fresh Goods Friday 271

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Coffee! Oh, thou black nectar of wide-eyed mania, mistress of gibbering seduction! One of your kind first thing is sufficient to strengthen resolve, and to bestow enthusiasm and wit! Two, and enthusiasm becomes fervent, resolve becomes stubborn-ness and wit becomes impenetrable. And three? What madness does three bestow? Well, why don’t you read on and find out*?

Welcome to Fresh Goods Friday!


*actually, it’s mostly about stomach cramps and enormous numbers of typos, it turns out. Sigh. Maybe four would be better…

Salsa Pony RustlerDSCF1526

27.5+ euphemistically-named chubster from the House of Spanish Sauce. It’s the big little brother to the Horse Thief, you see? Boost, 3.0in tyres, 120mm of travel and a carbon main triangle. Oh yeah.

DSCF1530Fox float with a split pivot suspension system keeps things tracking at the rear, and…

DSCF1529…some Fox 34 forks keep the front wheel on track. Weird tint on the photo there…

DSCF1528Scraper rims by WTB, with WTB rubber.DSCF1533Bar and stem combo by Salsa. Brakes and shifters by SRAM.DSCF1532SRAM GX drivetrain. Tidy pivot design too.DSCF1531Here’s that split pivot thing at the dropout. It’s essentially a single pivot with a linkage activated shock. Tidy.

Frame only: £1999, complete bike £TBC

From: Raleigh

Howies Shelium Lightweight JacketDSC_0234

Lightweight pack jacket for windproof duties on and off the bike.

Price £49

Howies Lull lined jacket

Barney does his best Mancunian Wide Boyeee impression, and simultaneously demonstrates his enormous left hand. The Lull jacket is similar to the Shelium, except it’s a) for chaps and b) hoodless, and c) lined in a sort of fleecy material for all teh warmths, and that. Innit, tho.

Price: £59

From: Howies

Vaude Uphill 16 Pack

Ultralight biking pack especially for people who don’t want a very heavy pack. Siliconised ripstop (ooer), multipurpose drawcord lacing, and 16 litre capacity (no, really?).

Price: €80, UK TBC

From: Vaude

Gorilla TapeDSC_0232

A smorgasbord of Gorilla products from Madison, who have just taken them on. Gorilla tape is ace and sticky duct-tape type stuff; they also do clear and camouflage stuff (I KNOW! CAMOUFLAGE!)

Price: Black tape, £5.99. Camo tape, £6.99. Clear tape, £8.49. Epoxy, £5.99. Superglue, £3.49. Superglue gel, £6.99. Handy Roll (it’s thinner) £2.79.

From Madison

Speedplay Syzr pedals

DSC_0228A different concept in clipless pedals from the mavericks at Speedplay; a step away from the usual Shimano or Time based designs. Float is adjustable, and is built into the cleat. The whole shebang is pretty light too.

Price: £199.99

From: i-Ride

Knog [qudos] GoPro Light

DSC_0245In these gloomy times, it becomes necessary to illuminate your sick edits of phat air by way of a GoPro compatible lighting system (also works with SLRs and that). 400 lumens by 3 CREE LEDs, lots of adjustability PLUS a sweet tin.

Price: £89.99

From: Moore Large

White No Sugar dri-release T-shirt


Simple and effective tech T, with a very handy logo if you’ve got a mouthful of bun and someone offers you tea. Just make sure you then hold up a sign saying ‘please’…

Price: £22

From: Whitenosugar

Cratoni Allset Helmet

DSC_0241A new helmet from the good folks at Cratoni, for Advanced Sports riders (it says here). Polycarbonate stuff, camera mount, lots of vents, all that jazz. Looks good. Not sure it matches Hannah’s scarf, though.

Price: €99.95, £TBC

From Hotlines

Gamut XT and XTR Chainrings

DSC_0238Thick thin chainrings with special drillings to work with the new aceitude of modern 11sp XT and XTR chainsets and their wierdybeardy drillings.

Price: £49.99

From: Madison

Elite Misuro Bluetooth Speed sensor

DSC_0237Sends all sorts of exciting data from the Elite Turbo Trainer that Rich has to his phone, which is running the Elite app. It should make all those long weeks he has to spend in his cellar (he’s been a naughty boy) a little more tolerable.

Price: £49.99

From: Madison

And because you’ve been good, here’s a Chewbacca loo roll. Don’t say I never give you anything.

That’s it, folks! We’re off to ride bikes, erect Christmas trees, take cute photos of children, prevent cats from knocking down Christmas trees, re-erect fallen down Christmas trees, give cats away, mollify upset children, prevent children from knocking down Christmas trees, re-erect fallen down Christmas trees again, dispatch children to their grandparents for the next six months, buy and consume gin and all the other fun things that impending Christmasses does to weekends! Hope you have a good one!


ST out.

Barney Marsh takes the word ‘career’ literally, veering wildly across the road of his life, as thoroughly in control as a goldfish on the dashboard of a motorhome. He’s been, with varying degrees of success, a scientist, teacher, shop assistant, binman and, for one memorable day, a hospital laundry worker. These days, he’s a dad, husband, guitarist, and writer, also with varying degrees of success. He sometimes takes photographs. Some of them are acceptable. Occasionally he rides bikes to cast the rest of his life into sharp relief. Or just to ride through puddles. Sometimes he writes about them. Bikes, not puddles. He is a writer of rongs, a stealer of souls and a polisher of turds. He isn’t nearly as clever or as funny as he thinks he is.

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Comments (3)

    I used some of the waterproof gorilla tape on a recent fat bike wheel tubeless attempt. didn’t work. when I took of the tyre to inspect I found most of the gorilla tape had come off. So for me not waterproof at all.

    I’ve been using Gorilla tape for tubeless for years, never had an issue. Go figure eh.

    The clear waterproof gorilla tapes not as flexible as the standard black stuff… never try to tape a rim with the clear stuff…..but it will seal holes on other stuff if applied carefully…..just not on bikes except as frame tape….but again not on welds or joints as its not flexible enough.

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