Fisher Outdoor: 01727 798345
Carrera helmets has jazzed up its eye-catching foldable helmet with four ‘Grand Tour’ custom designs.
The lid, which narrows from full size to around half its usual width, now comes adorned with the Italian, French and Spanish flags. There’s more to come too, we’re told. Inspired by the passion and courage of the world’s best cyclists, the brand’s innovative helmet also comes in the colours of the rainbow jersey, the distinctive jersey worn by the greatest cycling champions of all time.
The Grand Tour Edition Foldable Helmet is EA 1078 – ASTM type approved and retails for £59.99 in the UK. Fisher Outdoor currently stocks the foldable lid in sizes from 54cm to 61cm in a variety of colours.
Garmin Edge Touring
Madison: 01908 326000
Two new Garmins will be landing in the UK shortly – the Edge Touring and Edge Touring Plus.
The bike specific sat nav is preloaded with maps and points of interest, so the rider can be up and running in no time. Both on and off-road navigation is built in and the rider needs simply enter a postcode or point of interest and the device will construct a route based on a rider’s own preferences for shortest route, among other options. Manual routes can be programmed in using the Routeplanner function.
Perhaps most interesting of all to the regular touring rider, a new Round Trip function has been added. Using this, the cyclist can input a desired distance and the device will calculate up to three routes to choose from. Elevation profiles can be tuned in for specific workouts.
The devices themselves are robust, water resistant and relay information via a 2.6-inch touchscreen that works with gloves.
Science in Sport Caffiene Go
A fresh caffeine product has been added to the SiS Go range in the form of the Hydro + gel.
The new Cola flavoured sachets contain 75mg of caffeine and will give athletes 22 grams of carbohydrate per gel.
Caffeine has also been repeatedly shown by sport scientists to improve performance by providing both a physical and mental boost. In addition to altering muscle metabolism, caffeine can also have direct effects on the brain by improving not only reaction times but also lowering our perception of effort for a given workload.
An effervescent tablet is also now available that breaks down in water to provide a 500ml dose of hydration and electrolyte replacement.
SiS GO Hydro + Caffeine will be available in 10 and 20-packs and priced at £3.99 and £6.99 accordingly. SiS GO + Caffeine Gels are priced at £1.79 each.
Shimano XC90 MTB shoe
Madison: 01908 326000
Shimano has redeveloped its off-road flagship shoe, introducing the XC90. The XC90 employs Dynalast technology to reduce braking loss and enhance pedaling efficiency. Having designed the shoe with optimal sole stiffness in mind, combined with a 1.7mm lower profile (compared to the earlier M315 model) the XC90 is an efficient mover, with power transfer more efficient than ever.
Spikes and blocks on the outsoles are arranged in an optimal dirt-shedding pattern to cope on even the muddiest trails. Furthermore, the toe spikes are now replaceable, meaning they can easily be swapped out dependant on the terrain being tackled.
A redesigned Rovenica leather upper gives a top quality finish to a shoe that weighs in at just 627 grams for a size 40. To alleviate pressure on the upper foot, the strap’s fastening section has been relocated to the side of the shoe.
Shimano recommends pairing the new flagship with its PD-M980 pedal.