Author: Oli Woodman, BikeRadar

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Rapha Fixed Shorts
£105 4

These 'tailored plus fours', as Rapha call them, use the remarkable Schoeller Nanosphere fabric, which is surprisingly water and stain-resistant.

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Bicycle Line Men's Baggy Jersey
£14.99 4.5

I really liked the relaxed cut of this jersey - the Large is loose without being shapeless. Being an mtb top designed for use with a rucksack, there's just one flush, zippered pocket.

Altura Airstream

Altura Airstream
£29.99 4.5

At first glance, the Alturas look like they’re going to be tiny, but once on they fit really well with good contouring round the thighs.

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Assos Element Zero
£153.99 4

The Element hugs the body closely, thanks to Assos’s stretchy, windproof and water repellent fabric. What else does all that cash get you?

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Woolistic 6-panel Wool Shorts
£66 4.5

Wool shorts went by the wayside in the 70s, but that's because they were never this good. These are seriously comfy, and pulling them on after riding in Lycra all your life is a joy.

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Fox 40 RC2 (2007)
£1079 4.5

Fox's monolithic 40 fork has set new stiffness standards. The massive 40mm legs make them relatively stiff over small bumps, but once they're moving the titanium-sprung stroke feels great.The stiffness keeps

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661 Strike
£80 3.5

661's Strike has an injection-moulded polycarbonate shell with a large adjustable visor and several well located and subtle-looking air intakes. It might not be as cool to wear or as light as some, but the Strike does offer a comfy fit and good value for money, and it also has the looks of something more expensive.

Stem length and rise greatly affects your riding position

Road stems

The stem connects the steerer to the handlebars and for most road bike applications you choose a stem to tweak the fit of the bike.

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