It might be back-to-school week, but it’s time to unlearn which products are cool and which are not. I bet you didn’t think in a million years that tubeless sealant or bike horns could be cool, and you might still think that after this…
We also take a look at an e-bike in disguise as a regular road bike, a bargain long sleeve jersey and an indoor training vest which has the potential to make those sweaty sessions just a little bit more bearable. As always these are just some tasters to whet your appetite for the full reviews coming soon…
Pirelli P Zero Sealant
Tubeless sealant is always going to struggle to be ‘cool’, but we reckon Pirelli have given it a pretty good go. This retina-burning liquid is designed specifically for road applications (up to 130psi) but Pirelli does also make alternative versions for gravel and mountain bikes, it claims to leave behind “no sticky residue”, and reportedly works from -20°C to 70°C. It can be put in either tubeless, tubeless-ready or tubular tyres as well as in inner tubes.
Whether this is actually cool or not will of course depend on how well it seals punctures. Stu Kerton has been using it to answer just that, and will be delivering his full verdict soon. At £7.99 for just 60ml, we’re expecting it to be rather good!
BMC Roadmachine AMP One
When creating a “cool” bike there are some rules that manufacturers need to follow: it needs to look good, and it needs to perform. As some e-road bikes have a large battery stuck to them they can be heavy and cumbersome, and in my opinion not the prettiest.
That’s not the case with the BMC Roadmachine AMP, and we reckon you’d be hard-pressed to tell that this is an e-bike if we didn’t tell you thanks to the cleverly integrated 350Wh battery and Mahle’s new X20 hub drive.
> BMC launches the Roadmachine AMP, the brand’s first performance e-road bike
You can read all the nitty gritty tech stuff using the link above but in short it’s available in three models, the ONE that we’re reviewing being the most expensive and with a claimed weight of 11.8kg. The geometry and tyre clearance (33mm) is identical to the unassisted Roadmachine, and our full review will be dropping very soon…
Van Rysel Men’s Mid-Season LS Road Cycling Jersey Racer
Disclaimer: this would be a lot cooler if there wasn’t a gap between the jersey and bib shorts. Someone needs to give our mannequin lessons in panache…
Long sleeve jerseys can often cost an arm and a leg, but Van Rysel’s offering is cheaper than most with a price tag of £54.99. The mid-season jersey is fleece-lined to help fight off the cold, features the standard three pockets and has ventilated panels on the back and under the arms.
Mike Stenning has been using this now the weather has begun to turn, and you’ll be able to read his full review soon.
Hornit dB140 with Garmin style mount
Are bike horns cool? I highly doubt it, but if one is going to get that acclaim then surely it’s going to be the “loudest cycle horn on the market”?
There are no prizes for guessing how loud it is in decibels, as the clue really is in the name. Hornet claims it is “piercing”, but thankfully there’s also a 121-decibel mode with a lower tone for use on bike paths, so fellow users won’t hate you.
Lara Dunn has had this fitted to her bike (via the Garmin style quarter-turn mount) and will be letting us know her opinion on the device shortly…
Velotoze Cooling Vest with Cooling Packs
Wearing just a vest on a bike should be reserved for just a few of the very hottest days of the year. Why? Because it’s uncool… however, as this one claims to make you less of a hot, soggy mess on the turbo maybe, just maybe, it’s an exception to the rule.
Now you’re probably asking, who in their right mind has been inside on a turbo testing this out rather than enjoying the tail end of the summer weather? The answer to that question is Ed Morgan, who had a timely collar bone break. Top work Ed!
> Cycling fitness: How to get the most from your indoor training sessions
On the front you’ll find a full-length zipper, the fabric is supposed to be breathable and fast-wicking and the vest has four pockets sewn in, which hold ice packs that can be reused time and time again. Will this enter our list of indoor training must-haves? Stay tuned to find out…
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