The Nutter Cycling Tool 08/30/2014
A fresh take on the under saddle multi-tool by Kiwi designer Mark Windsor. The design sits across the back of the saddle (works beautifully with Brooks saddles) and can also act as a wrap for a pump and tube. The tool itself contains: a nylon tyre lever, a 15mm box head spanner, a spoke key, 5 hex tool bits, a Philips head screw driver, a flat head screw driver, a T25 torx bit, a magnetic tool bit extender and a bottle opener. The bits all attach to the central tool allowing you to use it as a lever for extra power. Weighing in at a light 110g and wrapped in a beautiful leather pouch this could be a tool for life.
Training Is Basically An Act Of Faith 07/27/2014
We have a new t-shirt at the printers in honor of legendary coach Franz Stampfl. The coach behind Roger Bannister and his four minute mile, he was probably one of the first legendary coaches. Renowned for strict training methods and an eccentric personality. Once spotted washing his car trackside during an athletics meet wearing only Speedos, he was the first of a breed. The coach who introduced the concept of “Interval Training” that we all suffer by week-in-week out. As someone who originally trained as an art student it is not surprising that he once said “ ”I sometimes think that my ideal athlete would have the mind of a poet. He would be a man with rich imagination, capable of intensely feeling physical, mental and spiritual emotions.” He had an incredible ability to get into the heads of his athletes and make them feel like the had the ability to beat anyone in the world. We should have the t-shirt in a few weeks.
The Orion Jacket By Mission Workshop 07/04/2014
If you are looking for an extreme weather riding shell The Orion jacket by Mission Workshop should hold up to anything the weather can throw at you. They have done a limited run in this brilliant Hi-Vis orange made with 96 g/m2 Polartec® NeoShell® , one of the best technical fabrics around. It is packed with features that make it a great on and off bike product. Underarm pit zips for ventilation when riding. An external front access pocket on the chest. An internal ported media pocket for your iPhone, and a rear stow pocket. And maybe my favorite feature the lined hand warmer pockets. Mission Workshop products are incredibly well made which is reflected in the price of $439, but my experience is that whatever you buy from them will last you a very long time.
Machines For Freedom 09/07/2014
Some beautiful new pieces from Machines For Freedom up on their site. Love the finish on their new Dot Print jersey and the oversized middle pocket for larger items. Our friend Tracy Chandler put some of their kit to the test this summer on the Alpine Fire Flies ride, you can read about it here.
The Q36.5 L1 Gillet In Black And Camo 07/27/2014
Sometimes a piece of kit comes along that is just so perfect that you know it might be the last time you need to buy that particular item again – in this case I think I have my last Gillet. Chad at Above Category introduced me to Q36.5 performance wear from Italy. Living where Luigi Bergamo the founder does, at the bottom of the Dolomite,s he tends to be in close proximity with some of the best technical fabric makers in the world. Here he is able to have them develop fabric that is only used in the Q36.5 Collection. Luigi’s general design philosophy is keep his pieces as close to one piece as possible, with minimal use of panels, keeping a snug and aerodynamic fit. One thing you will notice about Q36.5 products is the surprise you get when you pick them up. They are incredibly light. I mean really noticeably light. This is mostly due to the fabrics they have commissioned that offer good protection and comfort but still let them construct a beautiful super light product. The best example of this is in their socks – they weigh about half the weight of a normal pair of performance socks – I am telling you this not as a weight saving that is going to make you go faster – it is just pretty incredible. It does help a lot in making you feel comfortable. The name Q36.5 comes from the optimal body temperature of a healthy body (Quaerere 36.5˚). A very cool new brand that I can only imagine are going to keep on improving and developing some of the best performance kit out there.
Available in the US through Above Category.
Upright make clothing that looks great off the bike and is designed to work beautifully on the bike. Their latest piece is the Clybourn shirt, made using a cotton, nylon and spandex fabric with a raised embroidered Chambray pattern. Also a nice little touch in the back where the Upright brand mark becomes a reflective label.
The Sportful Water Carrier 07/13/2014
Can’t figure out why it took so long for this piece of kit to come along. Sometimes the ideas are right there in front of you – although somewhat of a limited market. I cringe every time I see riders stuffing bottles down the back of their jerseys riding a few inches from the team car. I might find the images that produces funny, but at the same time there had to be a better way. Sportful and Team Tinkoff seam to have figured that out for the Tour this year. Apparently the idea came from Michael Rodgers, probably because he was tired of looking like the Michelin man on global TV coverage.
The Ass Saver Extended Team Edition 06/05/2014
I managed to get my hands on a very nice and very professional new Ass Saver, the Team Rapha Condor edition. They just released an extended version for the road and did this nice brand partnership with the team. I have wanted to try one of these out since seeing some of the Pro’s using them at the GIRO in Belfast. Thanks to the lovely Claire Beaumont @Condor for letting me get my hands on one. Hopefully I won’t need it for a while.