So it’s Friday once again. And here we are. Both of us engaged in a time-delayed (and delaying, perhaps) tactic.
A discourse. I write, you read.
It’s possible to seed this preamble with all sorts of coded information, I suppose. But it wouldn’t be understandable by everyone, by any means. Reading these words causes minute changes within the delicate circuitry in your brain. Each connection will be infinitesimally re-inforced, or weakened.
Each reader is likely to manifest a subtly different neurological change (not that we’ll ever find out how different, of course) as we all interpret things slightly differently. But the overall implications will be broadly similar in any case.
Information in leads to behaviour out.
Every conversation you have alters the behaviour of both the speaker and the listener, in miniscule (presently) undetectable ways.
Undetectable in isolation, that is. Cumulatively, though, we can see quite a lot. Conversations engender thoughts. Thoughts engender ideas, Ideas alter behaviour.
So maybe somewhere, I really have messed around with your brain.
How many of these Fresh Goods Fridays intros have YOU read?
BMC Teamelite TE01 XT 2016 Mountain Bike
Do you know what BMC stands for? Rather amusingly, it’s Bicycle Manufacturing Company. We like that. Carbon, fast as all getout (assuming that there’s someone appropriately fast pressing the pedals, that is…)
In a similar vein to the Trek we mentioned last week, this little puppy is a soft-tail. Which, if you were born in the nineties, is essentially the art of sticking something soft in the seat stay (elastomer in this case) to take out the sting, without the irritating faff of any of those new-fangled pivot things. 15mm of compliance, it’s essentially like lower pressure in your tyre, with all the attendant traction bonuses without the pinch flats.
A full swathe of XT on board, from the front pedally things……to the back turney wotsits.
Fizik saddle keeps the ol’ derriere aloftand there’s a full complement of XT shift levers (2) and brake levers (also 2) perched on those 720mm carbon bars.
Fox 32 front springers take care of any rough stuff at the front, too. And we particularly liked this placement of the ‘RTFM’ sticker…
Cannondale Fat CAAD 1
What’s this? A fat bike? Why yes, my young padawan, but it’s a fatbike with a difference, oh goodness me yes! First up, it has a narrow Q factor (the distance between the pedals) compared to other fatties.
a 1x transmission, of course.There’s plenty of clearance, even with those whopping tyres.The Olaf lefty fork with 100mm of travel also boasts a high offset of 60mm which aims to mprove handling above and beyond merely making the head angle steep (this one is 69 degrees).
Strider Sport 12 balance bike
Another kids’ bike has appeared in the office. The Strider Sport 12 comes with 2 saddle and seatpost combos of different lengths to accommodate growing legs.
Lazer Magneto M2 glasses
Barney looks – well, troubled, if we’re honest. Or perhaps he’s got wind. At any rate, the Lazer Magnetos look like ordinary riding specs (with interchangeable lenses, natch) apart from some extra stumpy arms you can replace the normal ones with……here they are. They’ve got magnets in them, see? You attach little metal things to your helmet, or to the straps thereon, and hey presto you don’t need arms on your glasses! Or ears, come to think of it.
Lazer Waymarker 1 Camo glasses and Z1 Helmet
Price: £44.99 and £199.99
Hannah tries for co-ordinated and misses in the roadie helmet/camo specs combo. Especially as it was blowing a hoolie outside…
North Shore Billet replaceable spider
Replaceable spiders sound like something from Minority Report. This one lets you run 104BCD chainrings on your SRAM chainset. Sweet.
Brite Ride Bike Wash
From: Brite Ride
A foaming bike wash to keep your quiver of weapons clean. The makers of this popped in to see us to let us know this would now be stocked by shops in Yorkshire – it’s previously only been in Lancashire stores or on the internet. Hannah has connections on both sides of the border and has smuggled some into to the White Rose County before, and rather likes the stuff.
Ogio Adrenaline Stealth
It’s voluminous luggage which also looks like it might be able to double as a boat in heavy rain. So great for round here, then. It’s also relatively light as these things go – a smidge over 8lbs.
Morvelo Jerseys (in a variety of flavours)
The wierdest team photo I think we’ve even seen, let alone taken. We especially like Hannah’s ‘please get me out of here’ expression. But the Morvelo tops are performance jerseys for ‘everyday racing and riding’ made with ‘robust and durable fabrics’
Jamie and Hannah circle each other over the last Rolo. Jamie looks deadly serious, which is worrying. But also, Rolos.
Morvelo Emblem MTB Undershorts
Morvelo’s comfy chamois,and enabling Jamie to play peekaboo with our photographer. They’re available in May of this year.
Madison Zenith jersey
Insanely green jersey from Madison.It really is this green.
Flux Light softshell Jacket
The colour is apparently ‘limeaid’, but this top is aggressively yellow, with coordinated pockets, and (in case it wasn’t obvious) a hood.
Mavic Cross Ride short set
Comfy fabric, DWR, and they come with a liner. Nice. They also connect directly to Mavic’s Crossride belt apparently, to preclude the need for a backpack.
Madison Flux Lite Packable jacket
Very light and packable jacket envelopes Sad Hannah’s top half… she evidently lost the fight for the last Rolo.
Madison Flux Enduro Short Sleeve Jersey
Short sleeved topin funky design for when the weather improves. In about 15 years. *weeps*
Pearl Izumi Launch 3/4 Sleeve and Madison Addict DWR men Royal Short
Price: Top: £49.99 Shorts: £69.99
Jamie looks pensive and considers his ride.Or possibly his future. Royal Blue shorts with a DWR coating nestle comfortably underneath a fine purplish 3.4 sleeved top from Pearl Izumi.
Madison Alpine Socks
Socks for schralping, presumably.
DD Superlight Hammock, Tarp and Mozzy net and guy rope
Price: Hammock £52, Tarp £45, Mozzy net £30, rope £5
From: DD Hammocks
Here’s them packed down…
…and here’s the hammock unpacked. yes, we nicked the photo from the website. Why? Because taking a photo of it in the office really didn’t work out all that well.
Mule Bar Gels and, er, Bars
Price: Bars – £1.49 each, Gel – £1.79 – also availble in multipacks
From: Mule Bar
New chewy and drinky (do you drink gels?) From Mule. Yum.
Rad8 Mountain Bike glasses
New improved glasses with moar antifog goodness… Jamie gets his sultry on…
Quadlock Out Front Mount and GoPro adaptor
Price: Mount – £24.95, Adaptor £6.99
What they say on the tin. Stick your phone or whatever to your bars, or use the adaptor and shove a GoPro on there instead! Sahweet.
Madison Addict waterproof trousers
These, ladies and gennlemen, are Jamie’s legs.Waterproof keks for riding an’ that.
K-Edge Stem adjustable Garmin mounts
Metal things for to stick Garmins to your stem. And adjustable!
And that’s yer lot for this week! So after last weeks lovely/odd/beautiful, I’m going to leave you with a prime slice of complete and utter WTF. Enjoy!