National Bike Week: Cycling Gear Guide
Today marks the start of National Bike Week and with the current glorious weather we’re (oddly) encountering this summer there’s no better time to switch your usual four wheels for two and go exploring on your cycle. Like every sport, cycling is ever evolving with new innovative products being brought to market to help further enhance your experience. To help you back on that bike and of course to keep you ahead of the chasing pack we’ve brought you our cycling gear guide.
Blinkers smart lighting system is one of those things you never thought you needed on a bike, but once you have a set, you’ll be glad you invested. It’s all about further increasing road safety by upping the communication between cyclists and other road users. The system allows users to indicate left or right using a wireless remote control on the handlebar and the rear light shows when the cyclist is braking and slowing down. For a few more quid there’s the option of the futuristic sounding laser set. Here a circle shows around the bike so that there’s no question about where the cyclist space is, helping to cutdown unfortunate accidents. Designed to run for anywhere up to 20 hours these fellas will keep going long after your legs have wearied.
We’ve written previously on The MALESTROM about a gathering movement of people who believe the Earth is really flat rather than round and now it turns out other things we thought were spherical in shape like cycling helmets are actually flat as well! Or at least this innovative product is. Morpher is the world’s first lightweight flat-folding cycling helmet. Just as safe as it is rigid, cumbersome predecessor, this multi-award winning design means you can conveniently stash it in a bag or backpack rather than be left holding the thing. It folds and unfolds in an instant, featuring a magnetic clasp for a comfortable fit, and has added eco-credentials, with most of the components are recyclable. It definitely looks like the future to us.
If you’re looking to make the move from your trusty backpack, and join the lumbar pack movement, Hot Laps 5L from Dakine is a great way to do that. It comes with a squat 2L, lumbar-shaped hydration reservoir, and still has plenty of space to stow all the cycling gear you’re used to having on hand for your rides. The cargo pocket features organisation for a phone, tools, food, and a light shell. The lower straps untuck to hold any bulky knee pads while side compression straps keep the load close as you empty your water, and the breathable AirFlow back panel does away with the hotspots and sweat patch from a pack you’re used to pedalling through. Set to be a must have bit of kit this summer buy now before their gone. The pack comes in four colours, we’re digging the blue rock as seen in the pic and the field camo for all good covert cycling.
When you’re hitting the trail you often want a quality camera to record your adventures while riding. As ever the market leader is GoPro, and there’s good reason this hasn’t changed for a long while. They simply do everything you need, they’re reliable and they outperform the rest of the field. The HERO5 Black is a great piece of kit. It shoots 4K video, has voice control, one-button simplicity, a touch display and importantly when you’re out and about a waterproof design (without the need for separate housing for the cam). It’s intuitive, surprisingly easy to use and highly recommended for capturing all the action from a day out on your bike.
This stylish little cap from BUFF Pack is a nice addition to any cyclists wardrobe. The Pack Bike Cap conveniently packs down to the size of a fist so you can store it wherever, yet it pops back into the shape it should when you next put it on. It can be worn under a helmet (especially fellow collapsable headgear), offers UV protection and an inner sweatband to absorb all your pedal induced perspiration.
This designated cycling navigation system, the Cyclo 210, is a must have bit of cycling gear for the slightly directionless rider who likes to stray from the usual path. The neat gadget features cycle paths and full European road maps if your off touring and provides turn-by-turn instructions to help you get where you’re going. There’s a ‘Surprise Me’ feature that can help bring a touch more imagination and adventure to your usual routes and the Cyclo 210 gives you three different routes based on time, distance or destination. It’s waterproof and boasts 10 hours of battery life so plenty of time for you to find your way to your planned or unplanned destination.
Any serious cyclist needs a decent jersey to wear when they pound the tarmac. The KYMIRA Sport Men’s PrO2 Cycle Jersey may be a bit on the pricey side, but it definitely falls in the ‘you get what you pay for’ bracket. Developed by sports scientists with the aim of enhancing performance and improving recovery rates once you stop pedalling for the day this jersey ticks multiple boxes. With its hybrid race fit, this breathable, quick-drying jersey won’t bunch at the front when down on your drop handlebars. It’s got nice features like spacious rear pockets and features comfort grip arms to stop the sleeves from riding up. The company’s KYnergy Infrared technology helps regulates body temperature in any environment and with the design made to feel comfortable and reduce friction you’ll be glad this is one area you didn’t skimp on.
It’s surprising how many cyclists neglect that a quality pair of socks is an absolute must while putting the hours in on the road. These Road Tall socks from Specialized are just that. The socks are soft, breathable and give you the perfect blend of cushion and feel while riding. They also minimise the usual sweaty whiffs with added Meryl® Skinlife yarns. And as a cherry on top silver ions aid moisture removal, giving a dry, bacteria-free environment that your feet will thank you for. They come in four colours but our faves are these yellow striped numbers that make us feel like Charlie Brown when we’re in the saddle.