It has been a sweltering week below in the Uk, but it appears to be like the temperature could be about to flip cooler and wetter yet again. No question the sunshine will be back again all over again at some point, nevertheless.
With that in head, it is a perfect time to revisit our critical guidelines for using in sizzling weather conditions. Unlimited hours of summer time sunshine can be great in theory, following all, and less exciting in practice, specifically if you’re not thoroughly prepared.
Continuing on the summer months cycling topic, we revealed our last few bits of Tour de France content this 7 days, taking a appear at just about every bicycle to win a stage at this year’s race and evaluating Mark Cavendish’s most recent green jersey-profitable bicycle to his very first from 2011.
We also wrapped up our Tour de France podcast series by having a glance back at the 2021 race and dishing out some awards, such as the best rider, shock offer, stage and bicycle, as properly as the most significant tech fails and disappointments.
And if the Tour has influenced you to get out on the bicycle, it’s a very good concept to examine you’re donning your helmet the right way in our tutorial.
Shimano S-Phyre RC-902 cycling footwear
Released very last September, the S-Phyre RC902 is Shimano’s most recent leading of the selection road cycling shoe.
The S-Phyre RC902 has all the characteristics you’d hope of a prime of the variety cycling shoe, with a super-stiff carbon sole, a remarkably adjustable suit, fantastic air flow and fairly very low pounds (538g for our pair of size EU45s).
There’s also a very detailed variety of dimensions accessible, as well as a wide-fit possibility, and in terms of colours, you can have pink, white, black or blue.
Nonetheless, they also have a price tag tag to match, costing £319.
Shimano has earned a reputation for making excellent cycling shoes at all price points in recent years, and the previous generation of this shoe scored a perfect five stars. Will this halo version keep its place atop our list of the best road cycling shoes? We’re looking forward to finding out.
Bont Motion cycling shoes
Though Bont is perhaps most strongly associated with expensive, stiffer-than-anything-else racing shoes, it also makes top-performing entry-level models.
The Riot cycling shoe, for example, comes in well under £100 yet offers performance that matches up very well to pricier models such as the Zero+ or Vaypor S.
Bont’s latest value offering, the Motion, simplifies the closure system by using Velcro straps in place of dials or ratchets. Although these don’t offer the fine, on-the-fly adjustability of dials or ratchets, the straps probably make the profile of the shoe slightly more aerodynamic (if that concerns you).
To find cost savings, the Motion uses a fibreglass, rather than carbon, sole construction. Given Bont’s reputation for making absurdly stiff-soled shoes, though, I’d be surprised if these offered much in the way of flex, even at this price point.
This does add a little weight, however, with our size EU45 sample pair tipping the scales at 675g.
Available in black or white, and a wide range of sizes, the Motion has an RRP of just £80.
CloseTheGap HideMyBell Regular 2
A bell is a must-have accessory for anyone who uses cycle paths, but putting one on your posh racing bike isn’t always a straightforward decision. CloseTheGap might have the solution, though.
The HideMyBell is a neat little cycling computer mount with an integrated bell.
There are plenty of designs and mounts to fit all different types of bike and computer, and the bell offers a crisp and pleasant ring.
A universal mount for front bike lights can also be attached, to further tidy up the front end of your bike without compromising safety.
The Regular 2 model we have here costs £36 and weighs just 48g. All things considered, this looks like a very smart and practical solution to adding accessories to the front end of a road bike.