The best tech for summer cycling


THE BEST TECH FOR SUMMER CYCLING

With a summer of great racing ahead and the cycing world continuing to push innovation, there has never been a better time to get into the world of cycling technology.


 

Track Your Performance

Once reserved only for professional cyclists, performance monitoring has, in recent years, become more and more available to the everyday cyclist.

The benefits of observing your cycling performance are unbounded and with an extensive range of tech available for all cycling levels, there has never been a better time to focus on your fitness. At the centre of all performance monitoring is a bike computer. Let us strip what can look like a confusing picture back to basics and show you what’s on offer.

 

ENTERING THE CYCLE COMPUTER MARKET

 

 

The Cateye Velo Wireless+ Cycle Computer offers a great entry to the cycle computer world. Although not GPS enabled, the Wireless+ does what the name suggests and gives you performance data wirelessly via sensors attached to your bike. Featuring all the performance data you need to get going and start recording your training. It also boasts some great features  such as a carbon offset function and auto power saving mode.

 

INTERMEDIATE CYCLE COMPUTERS

 

 

A brand new model for 2016, the Garmin Edge 25  offers incredible value for money for the amount of technology you get in this discreet, super lightweight unit.

Featuring all the necessary data you need to take your riding to the next level, this tiny device also is heart rate enabled allowing you to collect your heart rate data when connected with a monitor. Other features  found on the Edge 25 include GLONASS enabled for better signal, even under tree coverage.

 

 

 

ADVANCED CYCLE COMPUTERS

 

 

At the highest level of GPS bike computers the Garmin Edge 520 and Edge 1000. These devices represent what can be achieved when boundaries are pushed.

Featuring performance data capabilities supplying the needs of pro-athletes, both these units feature heart rate and VO2 max that will take your training to the next level. The Edge 1000 also includes the benefit of OSM mapping allowingyou to have turn-by-turn navigation as you ride.

Protective Tech

Cycling helmet technology has come a long way in recent years, with years of research going into how a helmet performs with regards to safety, comfort, and airflow. MIPS, or Multi Impact Protection Systems have been popular in the ski/snowboard industry for a number of years and it’s now proving its worth in the cycle industry. As the name suggests, MIPS is designed to cope with multi directional impacts meaning the helmet can absorb more rational force, making it safer.

 

HELMETS

The Giro Synthe™ MIPS is the pinnacle of road helmet design and now includes the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, which provides more protection in certain impacts. The compact form slips through the air with ease across multiple yaw and head angles. Other key features include the Roc Loc® Air fit system with 2-way fit tuning and Aero Mesh Panels with a dedicated port for securely docking sunglasses as you ride.

 

 

Clothing Technology

In recent years, brands have been pushing innovation in cycle clothing tech, and 2016 has shown no difference. Highlights include:

COLDBLACK ® 

Coldblack ® technology is an example of how cycle specific clothing is improving performance out on the road. This treatment is applied to garments and reduces the absorption of rays and sunlight (particularly in darker colours of any textile) which results in noticeably better heat management. Coldblack ® also guarantees a minimum of UPF 30 protection when applied to any textile and it does not affect the look or feel of the material. The Spokesman Climbers Jersey is made for tough climbs and hot riding conditions and features Coldblack ® technology making it a superb jersey for those long, sweltering summer rides.

 

WINDSTOPPER®

A technology that is used heavily in winter cycling clothing and now being seen more in spring/autumn clothing, WINDSTOPPER® is a weather resistant fabric that adapts to both you and the weather conditions.

Castelli Gabba 2 Short Sleeve Jersey is an exceptionally breathable yet highly wind and water resistant short sleeve jersey that is perfect for changeable weather conditions. The chill of the morning can be brushed off without sacrificing breathability later on in the heat of the day.