Good morning, lovely people! And true to the spirit of inclusion, I also feel duty bound to add, good afternoon, Mr/Ms Grumpytrousers (delete as applicable).
As the sun is out/it’s raining/the snow is totes mental/oh my god the hail/the atmosphere has been sucked into a supermassive black hole which has appeared over Croydon, let’s not speculate too hard about the future (especially if you live in Croydon).
Instead, procrastinate before going out/finding your raincoat/woolly hat/protective helmet/spacesuit by pointing your browser at the following photos of glorious bikeutide and stare longingly at what will never/soon/imminently/already is, actually be yours before nipping out for a ride/bun/priest/to experience the reality of spaghettification.
It’s Fresh Goods Friday!
Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon 29
Cycliq Fly 12
A 400 lumen light, coupled with a 1080p camera, with looping video, so you’ve always got evidence of that idiot in the passat, or the time that Wilf did that ‘larious whip. 10 hour battery life too, and it safely sits on a gopro style mount.
SQ Labs 611 Active Carbon
From: SQ Lab
More saddle-shaped goodness from SQ Lab. This is similar to the 611 active we’ve had for a month or two (review coming soon, folks) – 3 different widths, and in the back are interchangeable elastomers to tailor the amount of cosseting your delicate heinie experiences.
SQ Labs 611 Ergowave Active LP
From: SQ Lab
From the website: “more ergonomically aggressive seating position on the road and mountain bike”. It’s based on similar principles to the 611 up there but it looks different, and there’s different padding. Same back high, front low, scoop for the delicates stuff going on though. Many different widths available, and 3 different elastomer stiffnesses to correspond to arse-sensitivity/pertness.
Acre Traverse XC Shorts
We like short shorts. Eschewing the apparently *so* 2015 long and baggy fit, these nombers go for the tailored fit. They come with a fully adjustable waist belt, zippered cargo pockets, and a gusseted inseam. Chipps’ knees will be on full display in a woods near you, SOON!
Big Agnes Ultra Aircore Insulated mattress
Price: $89.95 – $129.95
From: Big Agnes
Sleeping mattress all the way from the YOOO ESSS AAAYY. Largre external tubes, ripstop this and smooth that and ideal for your luxury bikepacking adventures. But really, although it looks comfy, it’s not that over the top. I once met a couple (in Mexico) who were bicycle touring with a small oven, two luxury deck chairs, and a gazebo. I’ll say again – a GAZEBO. I mean, what?
Canyon Strive Al 6.0
Islabikes Beinn 20 Large
Oxford Chain 10, Anchor 14 and Anchor 10
Price: £39.99, £34.99 and £19.99 respectively
From: Oxford Products
Stuff to prevent your bike being nicked, hopefully. Or at least giving the scrotes who would do away with it as hard a time as possible whilst doing so. A couple of ground anchors, and a gert big chain and lock to attach to them.
Restrap Bar Bag Holster and Pouch, Frame Bag (small) and Saddle Bag Holster
Price: £74.98, £39.99 and £84.99 respectively
Bike packing gear from West Yorkshire-based Restrap, which is with tester Lara. The bar bag pouch uses a patented magnetic buckle apparently, which can also be used with gloves on. The whole lot falls under Restrap’s #carryeverything aegis.
And we’re done for this week! All that remains is to foist upon you some delectable tuneage – sort of like the soundtrack to the video collage they used to put at the end of every TDF episode on the telly box. I think they still do, but I must confess I haven’t been quite as vociferous in my watching since it came to Yorkshire and I got to literally metaphotically lick cider out of Wiggos armpit. Anyhow, I digress. Here’s the first slice of awesome (yes, there are two this week, you luck things!)
And now, if that was a little over the top, try this – it’s lovely: