Another Friday, another week gone by, and suddenly you realise you’re halfway through the second month of 2017 already!
Hopefully if you’ve promised yourself you’ll get out more on the bike this year, you’re managing it, and for everyone stuck at an office desk today, the weekend is just around the corner.
So for now, get your bike fix with our weekly dose of the latest goodies that have landed on the BikeRadar desk and remember — not long now!
New road cycling gear
FSA SL-K Modular Adventure cranks
These FSA SL-K Modular Adventure cranks come in 48/32t or 46/30t and weigh just 617g Jamie Beach / Immediate Media
We know all about the current trend for super-compact cranksets, but what do they actually look like?
Well, Italy’s Full Speed Ahead humbly presents this, the SL-K Modular Adventure. Our example’s made from hollow carbon arms with an alloy spindle and weighs a very respectable 617g.
It comes in two variants — the 48/32t pictured or an even easier 46/30t version — both of which feature Asymmetric Bolt Spacing for increased power transfer and are compatible with Shimano 11-speed systems.
If you’re keen on tough gravel rides, or touring without a triple chainset, this could be the one for you.
Clement Strada USH tyres
Clement Strada USH tyres are the third entry in the French brand’s gravel range Jamie Beach / Immediate Media
Billed as a light and fast gravel tyre for unpredictable roads, this is the third entry in the X’PLOR adventure/gravel series from French firm Clement Cycling.
It’s 32mm wide, tubeless-ready, with a fast-rolling centre and grippy herringbone-patterned shoulders.
The Strada USH is lower-profile than its siblings, the X’PLOR USH and MSO, and should be well-suited to commuting, touring and some very light off-road antics.
It weighs 341g and comes in two versions: 120tpi folding with puncture-protection belt (pictured) and 60tpi folding, again with puncture-protection belt.
Katusha Rain Parka
This is the Katusha Rain Parka and it’s very nice Jamie Beach / Immediate Media
This smart-looking commuter jacket is made from a very clever fabric called Schoeller c-change, which is inspired by… wait it for it… pine cones.
Just as the forest-bound conical wonders open up when the temperature rises, so too do the pores in this waterproof fabric to allow more heat to escape. Biomimicry, people.
It’s made from very clever Schoeller c-change fabric, inspired by pine cones for better temperature regulation. Cycling-specific details include these reflective articulated shoulder panels Jamie Beach / Immediate Media
There’s a smattering of cycling-specific features that make it more enjoyable — and safe — to ride in.
There’s a two-way front zip that can be opened from the bottom for more comfort when pedalling, reflec