Funkier kids clothing
Bob Elliot: 01772 459 887
For the proud parent whose kids need all the gear too, Bob Elliot has brought in a new line of Funkier clothing for ages eight to 14.
Two long-sleeve jerseys join the catalogue for winter, as well as microfleece tights that’ll see young’uns happily through the cold snap ahead.
The Microfleece jerseys feature two rear pockets, a full reflective zipper and reflective material on the shoulders, while the fabric is quick drying, with moisture from the inside quickly wicking away to the surface.
The winter tights carry reflective details too, as well as a B3 pad and antibacterial fabric, which also just so happens to be a quick wicker.
Thule Sprint 569
Madison: 01908 326000
Designed for the transportation of even the most exotic of bikes, Thule’s New Sprint 569 combines convenience and patented safety technologies, making it an ideal roof transportation option for carbon and other sensitive frames.
The Sprint’s ‘AcuTight’ knob ‘clicks’ when optimal hold is reached, ensuring that the bike is safely secured to the rack. The built-in suspension in the rack attachments and wheel strap absorbs any vibrations, minimising road shock damage to your frame. The telescoping wheel tray extends as far as needed to fit your bike and can be shortened to allow hatchbacks to open fully. As with all Thule carriers, the Sprint 569 is lockable. What’s more, the unit will take all wheel sizes.
Stock lands in February and retail price has been set at £175.
Multipower protein shakes
Multipower has launched a ready-mixed recovery drink called Fit Protein Lite.
With 40 grams of milk protein, Fit Protein Lite is a high quality, low carb, low fat protein shake that supports muscle building, recovery and helps you to cut down for the summer.
With a fat content of only one gram per bottle, the mix delivers 80 per cent less carbs and sugars than Multipower’s number one selling Fit Protein brown bottle.
Retailing at £3.85 a bottle the 500ml drink is available in three tasty flavours – Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry.
Vangard Velo Retro line
Moore Large: 01332 274200
Retailing from £34.99 right through to £129.99, Vangard has introduced a retro styled clothing line comprising everything from baselayers to jackets. The £34.99 garment is a 50 per cent merino cycling cap with a warm dipped lower at the rear to cup the top of the neck and keep chills at bay.
Next in the line is a short sleeve jersey at £89.99 in three colours – blue, orange and white. A long sleeve version, in just blue or white, will cost £10.9 at retail. Each jersey sports three rear pockets, as well as a high merino content to keep you cool and comfortable.
The £129.99 jacket keeps the same retro styling while offering the advantages of a windbreaker.
Mark Cavendish: At Speed
Ebury Publishing: 01206 255678
Documenting a long list of firsts from a British rider, Mark Cavendish: At Speed details the life of one of the most prolific sprinters in the long history of pro cycling.
Cavendish himself says of the title: “So much has happened since my last book Boy Racer, not least winning the green and rainbow jerseys. With At Speed I want to take the fans right inside the intense world at the very top of cycling, both on and off the bike and show how much my life has changed as cycling has grown into a mainstream sport.”
Cavendish has also added the title MBE, as well as the 2011 sports personality of the year award, also documented in the book. To the present day and his new role in the ranks of Omega Pharma Quick Step, At Speed skips no chapter in the sportsman’s highlight strewn career.
Full Windsor Nutter tool
Union of Pedallers: 0113 2451128
East London accessories firm Full Windsor has come up with a multi-tool that it calls ‘The Nutter’.
At £39.99, the unit comes tucked into a stylish leather pouch and the tool’s layout lends itself to leverage, with the tool itself becoming a handle. The tool weighs just 110g or 3.9oz and will fit easily into a saddle bag or jersey pocket.
The ‘Nutter’ comprises: nylon coated tyre lever; 15mm box head spanner; spoke key; 3,4,5, 6 and 8mm hex tool bits; Phillips head screwdriver; flat head screwdriver, 25 torque bit and a magnetic tool bit extender. The pièce de résistance, for when a beer is necessary at the end of a long ride, is a bottle opener. The Nutter is housed in a pouch made recycled inner tube and leather in an attractive burnt brown or jet black colour. www.unionofpedallers.cc
Boardman Elite SLR, CXR lines
Boardman has added to the world-class, multiple title-winning Elite Series AiR, AiR/TT and SLR platforms by creating the all-new SLS, CXR and AiR/TTE models. The SLS is an all-day fast riding Endurance frame combining comfort with performance. The CXR is a superfast multi-terrain bike for off-road and gravel grinding. The AiR/TTE has been designed using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamics technology and wind tunnel testing, resulting in an incredibly fast, super aerodynamic frame platform which has a 5 per cent increase over the Kona winning AiR/TT.
Developments have been made to the carbon lay-ups on all new bikes, with features including one-piece bottom brackets and oversized box section stays for better power transfer, tapered steerers for improved handling and clean cable routing for aero efficiency.
The very first SLS, SLR and CXR models from the all-new 2014 Elite Series will be available during December, with further models being added early in the New Year and the AiR/TTE will be available in Spring 2014.
Recon Instruments Jet
Madison: 01908 326000
Having signed futuristic eyewear brand recon to its stable, Madison will have stock of the Jet glasses from February 2014.
Recon specialises in what it calls Heads-Up Display technology, which in short means that you can view live ride data ‘direct to eye’, all without any interruption of your view. Data such as speed, distance, elevation and more is easily accessible and should you have the right equipment, the Jet connects via Bluetooth to display information from power meters, heart rate monitors and cadence sensors.
What’s more, the glasses also pair up to iPhone and android devices, eabling the rider to take calls on the move, among other things.
The glasses themselves are advanced too, with the Jet sporting light-sensitive polarised lenses. All of this and the Jet shades weigh just 60 grams.