Just in: New kit from Oakley, Shutt Velo Rapide, Bruns and SealSkinz

Oakley Echelon sunglasses, Shutt VR jerseys and more

Oakley don’t need much of an introduction. The American manufacturer has specialised in performance eyewear for the past 35 years and design sunglasses specific to your chosen sport.

Their cycling range, which includes the Jawbone and Radar, has recently expanded to include limited photochromic versions of both models. The Echelon editions have a carbon fibre-look printed finish and come with Transitions® SOLFX lenses, which adapt to changing weather conditions, so whether it’s dark overhead or blazing sunshine, these should have you covered. Both are available now from the Oakley store, starting from £250 for the Jawbone and £205 for the Radar.

Oakley echelon jawbone and radar : oakley echelon jawbone and radar
Oakley echelon jawbone and radar : oakley echelon jawbone and radar

Shutt Velo Rapide was founded in 2009 in the Yorkshire Dales by two cycling enthusiasts, with a mission to create high quality handmade cycling clothing using materials from British manufacturers. They take their cues from cycling jerseys from the past, using wool to create clothing that’s comfortable all day long.

By buying their new Race Team Jersey (£95 – also available in long sleeve for £105), you will get the option of joining the Shutt VR cycling team - which was registered with British Cycling in 2010 – which allows you to ride in team colours, subject to you having the correct racing licence.

The San Fairy Ann CC Jersey is an example of the clothing Shutt VR is producing for cycling clubs. Again, there are short (£59) and long sleeve (£72) options and it's made in Britain from Merino Wool. For more information visit their website.

Shutt velo rapide race team jersey:
Shutt velo rapide race team jersey:

Shutt Velo Rapide Race Team Jersey

Anyone with multiple bikes will understand the the difficulty in squeezing them into your home. If you don’t have a garage or don’t feel comfortable leaving them in the garden or shed, the house is often your only option. Putting them up on the wall is usually the best solution and helps to create the room that leaving them on the floor takes up. The Bruns Bike Hanger (£9.98) is a stainless steel device which holds your bike to the wall by the pedal.

Bruns bike hanger:
Bruns bike hanger:

Bruns Bike Hanger

SealSkinz produce waterproof and breathable socks, gloves and hats and we got our hands on all three from their 2011/12 cycling range. The Mid Weight Mid Length socks are probably too thick for the summer months but also come in a thin version, which would be more suitable. The Fingerless Cycling Glove isn't waterproof, but you wouldn’t expect fingerless gloves to be. They only come in the black/gray colour scheme shown here, with sizing from small through to XXL. Again, the Performance Road Cycle Glove will be more appropriate later in the year given its thermal properties and it's waterproof, breathable and windproof. Leather finger ends help with grip when braking and changing gear and a reflective trim will come in handy on dark winter evenings. All prices are to be confirmed.

Sealskinz fingerless cycling glove:
Sealskinz fingerless cycling glove:

SealSkinz Fingerless Cycling Glove

After early cycling flirtations with the Tour de France on childhood holidays, John Whitney fell for it hook, line and sinker in his mid-20s as an escape from the more sedate sports of his youth. As a classically trained news reporter, he snagged his dream job as a cycling writer straight out of college and is now fully immersed in the industry and wouldn't have it any other way.
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