Given how much gear we test at BikeRadar, it’s always a good endorsement if our testers use a product on a regular basis. Here’s a look at six items staff writer Colin Levitch never leaves the house without.
Speedplay’s Walkable cleats are on all my road shoesColin Levitch / Immediate Media
I’ve been a long-time Speedplay rider, not only for the lollipop pedals’ dual-sided entry, but also the adjustability of the cleats.
Following years of competitive skiing, my body is quite a wreck and having had more broken bones than I can count, as well as plenty of bruised, strained, sprained and torn ligaments, I’ve got some pretty nasty kneecap alignment issues.
With Speedplay’s cleat system, I can isolate each axis to ensure everything thing is in exactly the right place. And with this control, I can make sure my knees are tracking correctly.
The rubberised cover stands up well over time – this is after nearly six months of useColin Levitch / Immediate Media
The problem with standard Speedplay cleats, however, is the bottom plate is metal. Whether it be on tile, wood, polished concrete or even regular concrete, they can be like ice skates and for years I carried cleat covers every time I rode.
Now, with Speedplay’s Aero Walkable cleat the brand has covered the entire cleat with a built-in rubberised cover that all but eliminates the need for cleat covers. While you won’t be off speed-walking anytime soon with these cleats, they will prevent you from making a fool of yourself while walking to the bar for a post-ride brew.
The Cycliq Duo Mount can handle your computer and lightColin Levitch / Immediate Media
There seem to be about a billion computer mounts on the market these days, all made in a variety of materials in whatever anodised flavour you choose, and they’re getting lighter with each release.
But, while Cycliq’s Duo Mount isn’t particularly lightweight or anodised into oblivion, its utility has surprised me.
First and foremost, I am big on the GoPro-style mount on the underside, as it allows you to ride with your light or action camera while still keeping your bars and stem clutter free.
There are interchangeable faceplates for different computersColin Levitch / Immediate Media
The other aspect that makes the Cycliq mount stand out is the swappable faceplates for mounting different computers. While many other similar products see replaceable inserts should you crash and rip your computer out of the mount, they aren’t designed to be chopped and changed.
The Duo Mount, on the other hand, comes with faceplates for Garmin, Wahoo, Polar, Cateye and Mio/Magellan computers. Given how often I’ve been testing different brands of head units the past year the capability has been refreshing.
The Centric has treated me well on road and trailColin Levitch / Immediate Media
For a long time I wasn’t particularly keen on ‘aero helmets’ and venting took priority. But that all changed when I found the Scott Centric Plus.
I can’t speak as to how aero the Centric Plus is beyond what Scott tells us, but I can speak about the venting. With large intake vents at the front and big exhaust ports too, the airflow certainly rivals that of other helmets.
It also has a perforated MIPS liner to help heat escape and provide some peace of mind (literally), and weighing just 279g (AU version) it’s decently light. The straps are made with flexible lightweight webbing that are fairly quiet in the wind and the ear splitters are fixed, both things I look for in a lid.
Most of all, it fits my head well, and I like the way it looks too.
Supacaz Super Sticky Kush is my bar tape of choiceColin Levitch / Immediate Media
Bar tape is a pretty personal thing, as everybody has their own feel as to what they like to wrap their mitts around. And, for me, it’s Supacaz Super Sticky Kush.
At 2.5mm thick it does well to dampen vibration coming through the bars and the tacky finish provides good grip, even for sweaty sunscreen-coated hands.
I have a well-documented dislike for wrapping bar tape, luckily the Supacaz is quite stretchy and, out of those I’ve tried, is one of the easiest to wrap. It’s quite hard wearing too so I can prolong replacement intervals.