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.
The Element hugs the body closely, thanks to Assos’s stretchy, windproof and water repellent fabric. What else does all that cash get you?
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.
These 'tailored plus fours', as Rapha call them, use the remarkable Schoeller Nanosphere fabric, which is surprisingly water and stain-resistant.
Like baggy shorts, leisure shoes flit between your riding life and off-the-bike life far more seamlessly than your Lycra and tap dancing race shoes.
Cycle mitts provide padding and protection to two of your main contact points with the bike, rather like shorts with a chamois do for another contact point.
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.
With less of a performance fit than other wool jerseys, this Nike woolly is a great choice for the more relaxed rides.
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
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.
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.
Carbon composite forks are no longer just for big budget racers but encompass a wide range for all kinds of riding, from time-trial to audax and even commuting.