We ain’t gots time to shilly shally. Nor even dilly dally. We gots to jump straight into this week’s Fresh Goods Friday!
Back From The Dead Birthday Bike
- Price: Cheap enough to grow out of!
- From: Happy Days Cycles CiC
When it’s just about your 13th birthday and you go to the GT Malverns Classic only to discover that you’re a bit tall for your bike, but you happen to be there with one of the most stoked on bikes people you could ever meet… and then that person has the perfect sized frame donated to their shop… and some XT brakes in their personal collection just waiting for a bike… the result is this! Dieter (writer of Back From The Dead) with a little help from Fahzure, has done more to get Hannah’s Kid2 excited about bikes that Hannah has ever managed. Kid2 thinks Dieter is great. Hannah is waiting for Kid2 to request green hair dye. For now, he’s happy to have this BFTD Special, complete with excellent fonts on the tyres, newly installed stealth dropper routing, and bespoke engraved headset cap. Kid2 says ‘what this bike needs, is stickers’. Hannah thinks it needs purple pedals. We’re off to play in the woods.
Pineapple and Mango SiS Hydro
- Price: £7.50
- From: Science in Sport
Pineapple and mango flavoured electrolyte drink tabs from SiS. Our Zoe is doing more gym classes than you can shake a stick at, and we don’t want her to shrivel up. These will hopefully help her stay energised, while Pineapple and Mango flavour may allow her to imagine that she’s actually sipping a cocktail by the pool in some far off land, rather than Lancashire.
- Price: Just under £20 a year with an NHS HRT certificate
- From: NHS
Will Hannah develop new super powers? Maybe it’ll just stop her hair falling out/body sweating/feeling exhausted/joints aching/body feeling like it has been captured by aliens. Maybe all those things are caused by something else entirely. In the absence of any definitive answers, and a long but vague list of symptoms, she’s giving HRT a go. Helpful info from her local pharmacy: there’s an NHS scheme where you can get lots of forms of HRT for just £19.30 a year.
Rawvelo Energy Gels
- Price: £12.59 for 6 gels
- From: Rawvelo
The kindly folks at Rawvelo have done us a solid (as some people say) and sent a bundle of gels to Happy Days, home of Dieter of above birthday bike fame. Well, Dieter doesn’t actually live at Happy Days, but he does spend a lot of time and energy there. Anyway, Happy Days is a local bike shop whose enterprise supports a local homelessness charity. And a bunch of folks are going to cycle quite a long way (208 miles) in the ‘Long Way Home’ charity ride. These gels, made using only natural ingredients and packaged in sustainable materials, will be helping give those riders a boost, in the form of tasty fruity flavours.
Crankbrothers Stamp 1 Gen 2 Pedals
- Price: £59.99
- From: Extra UK
New plastic – sorry, composite – flattie from Crankbrothers. Two sizes available. We have the Large here (for foot sizes EU 43-49). The Small covers EU 37-43 feet. 10 pins per side. The pins are actually one solid mega thru-pin that goes right through the whole body of the pedal ie. each pedal only has 10 pins in total. Thin, concave profile; 13.5mm to 15.5mm pedal thickness. Uses the internals from the Stamp 7 flat pedal. Colours: orange, black, red, blue, and purple.
Troy Lee Designs Performance Socks
- Price: £20.00
- From: Saddleback
A classic sock. Primarily made from polyamide, which is known for being quick drying. Mixed with stretchy elastane. 20cm main body. Made in Italy. Could well make it into our incredibly important end-of-year Best Sock Round-up.
Troy Lee Designs 40th Holiday No Artificial Colors Snapback Cap
- Price: £40.00
- From: Saddleback
Part of a collection marking 40 years of Troy Lee Designs. 60/40% cotton and polyester. Snapback for fit. Mesh backing. Shamelessly overt No Artificial Colours badge is inspired by TLD’s early free-hand helmet paint jobs.
Magura x Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Plier & Trail Tool
- Price: £93.99
- From: Magura
A real MacGyver multitool combo. 2-8mm Allen, T10 & T25 torx, screwdriver flat #3.5, screwdriver Philips #2, spoke/valve core wrench, valve cleaning file, pliers to open chain links, pliers to tighten valve nuts, storage for a chain link, 8mm wrench, rotor thickness gauge, rotor tuning slot, brake disc wear indicator (1.8mm), gert big yellow tyre lever.
Two cool things from the Saddleback House Show
- Price: N/A
- From: Saddleback
Stan’s NoTubes Sealant
- Price: £30 or so
- From: Stan’s NoTubes
The bigger bottles of Stan’s No Tubes Sealant come in a none-more Imperial measurement of a quart – which is two US pints, which is 944ml in new money. This is the size you need if you’re a habitual tyre swapper, have a large shed full of bikes, or you want to be popular with all of your bike riding pals. While it does last a while, don’t leave it unattended – otherwise you’ll return, minutes later, to find it completely empty. Just like when you leave your shower gel in the gym showers.
Stan’s Sealant is still the benchmark for sealants. There are newer, fancier ones out there now (including Race, from Stan’s itself) but the original, in this case, is still the go-to for many riders. Though you would have thought that they’d have engineered the hole in the lid to line up with the edge of the bottle. It’s been consistently wonky like this for a decade.
Anyway, it’s nearly time for those long autumn evenings of stripping and servicing your bikes – and putting your ‘Stan’s Monsters’ neatly on a shelf for all to see.
The Beaches of Wales by Alistair Hare
- Price: £19.99
- From: The Singletrackworld Shop
Charlie says: “This book is such an asset to have with 350+ pages, around 500 beaches, solid information, and awesome pictures. The next trip is already being planned with this book and a glass of wine. The next beach adventure is going to be more targeted and less luck.”
Thread Of The Week
A clear winner this week. Congratulations to reluctantjumper for this peachy posting:
The winning TOTW in FGF gets a prize. So @reluctantjumper please email firstname.lastname@example.org for your random prize. Don’t forget to include your postal address, as it really speeds up delivery logistics like. Ta!
Weekend inspiration vid
Privateer: “We’re still not ready to spill all the beans and divulge all of the exciting features our engineers have been pouring over, but we felt it was about time we at least made our prototype official and showed you all what it can do under Fergus Ryan, with the help of videographer Will Brock. Before you start clearing space in your garage, it’s important to remember that this is still a prototype, and we’re still in the development phase. Our team of engineers, designers and pro-riders are still hard at work fine-tuning every detail to meet our high performance and durability standards.”
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