If all of that didn’t quite sate your appetite for fresh swag, then read on!
Karcher’s dinky, portable pressure washer is powered by lithium batteriesOli Woodman / Immediate Media
What we have here is a diddy pressure washer from the biggest name in pressure washing.
Small enough to easily fit into a car boot, the Karcher OC3 holds just four litres of water in its detachable tank and sources its power from an integrated lithium-ion battery. That means you won’t have to be plumbed into the mains, nor will you need to connect to a water hose, during a clean.
The washer has a capacity of four litresOli Woodman / Immediate Media
It’s said to deliver 5 bar of pressure, which Karcher says is ideal for rinsing and thorough cleaning of bikes. Its coiled hose and spray gun tuck neatly below the water tank making the OC3 easy to lug about.
Should you blast your way through the OC3’s tank then its feed can be piped into any large bucket. It’s claimed to run for up to 15 minutes from a single charge.
The Fugio is now available in a 1x buildOli Woodman / Immediate Media
Genesis now sells a more affordable version of its Fugio adventure bike in the form of this 1x SRAM Apex build.
Compared to the more expensive 105 hydro equipped version of the Fugio that the brand launched with, this bike sees a step down to mechanical TRP Spyre brakes and a SRAM Apex 1x drivetrain, but the thru-axle equipped chromoly frame and carbon fork remain identical apart from a fresh lick of burgundy paint.
No front derailleur simplifies maintenance, saves weight and makes for chain retention that a double configuration simply cannot match. It’s a trade-off that most will feel on longer rides though, particularly with 11.32kg of steel to propel.
Gaping clearances and wide-footed Jalco rims allow for the all-important 50mm Donnelly (formerly Clement) X’Plor MSO tyres.
The Ariel has gone E for 2018Oli Woodman / Immediate Media
Saracen has been hard at work developing an e-bike version of its Ariel trail bike, and the Ariel-E is the result.
Major efforts have been made to keep the Ariel-E from stepping too far from the original Ariel, so you’ll find a near identical suspension system with only minor tweaks to pivot placement and geometry.
Shimano’s E8000 STEPS motor takes pride of place beneath the bike’s front triangle, it’s a drive system that we’ve often praised for its smooth power delivery and we’re sure it’ll perform just as well here.
Giro’s Fixture MIPS is a low-cost trail helmetRussell Eich / Immediate Media
All helmets meet required safety standards, but pricing can vary widely due to features, ventilation and styling. Giro’s Fixture MIPS helmet apparently didn’t get the memo though.
From 20-feet away, most riders would be hard pressed to tell this is a budget lid. With a modern silhouette, six on-point colors and decent venting, the Fixture does a fine job of posing as a much more expensive helmet.
The interior features a MIPS liner even though it’s not the typical yellowRussell Eich / Immediate Media
Also, like more expensive brain buckets, on the inside there’s a MIPS liner for added rotational crash protection.
And what’s even more interesting is that the Fixture is a one-size fits most helmet. That takes away any guesswork if you’re between sizes.
Velotoze socks partner wool with a bit of compressionRussell Eich / Immediate Media
Happy feet are important. But keeping your ‘dogs’ content can be a challenge, especially in the often tricky weather of the off-season.
Velotoze’s cycling socks feature a bit of active compression which it claims improves blood circulation.
The socks are spun from a blend of Merino wool for warmth and to keep the stink at bay. Plus, the 15cm / 6in length adds some additional warmth, looks sharp and lines up well with Velotoze’s shoe covers.
Mongoose LED lights are low cost, not low attitudeRussell Eich / Immediate Media
Lights are an important part of staying safe and seen. These Mongoose Skull lights aren’t the most high-tech, but they do feature LEDs, offer steady and flash modes, and can be installed and removed without tools.
And they look mean.
Best of all, they’re inexpensive and they add a bit of don’t mess with me attitude to any bike.
Pearl Izumi’s Versa Barrier jacket is a versatile commuting pieceBen Delaney / Immediate Media
There’s commuting gear that works well on the bike but looks goofy off the bike and then there’s commuting gear that looks good off the bike and still works nicely in the saddle.
Pearl Izumi’s Versa Barrier jacket slides distinctly into the latter group.
It features a DWR finish to keep rain and puddles beading off, an under the helmet hood for some warmth, and some very unique hand mitts tucked into the inner sleeve hem.
The Versa Barrier jacket literally has a trick hidden up its sleevesBen Delaney / Immediate Media
The hidden mitts are smartly cycling specific with a separate index finger for hassle-free braking and shifting. When tucked into the inner sleeve hem pocket, the thin glove material is largely unnoticeable.