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Gore winter gear, Effetto Mariposa cleaners and wax lube, and Laylo Mount

Plus a round-up of the features, news and reviews not to miss on BikeRadar this week.

First Look Friday 31/12/21

Where did 2021 go? It’s been another year of highs and lows. Overall though, it’s been positive with some fantastic adventures on my bike, excellent racing to watch and plenty of new bikes and tech to lust after.

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I hope you’re seeing in the new year in style (Covid restrictions permitting), and here’s a quick look at the top stories on our site this week.

Did the kids get bikes for Christmas? Well, if so, we’ve got the lowdown on how to teach children to ride so they can get hooked on a passion that will hopefully last a lifetime. And don’t miss out on our article explaining how to give your bike a thorough safety check to make sure it’s working correctly and ready for adventure.

We highlight our best rides of 2021 and offer advice for how to ride your first century, double century or longer in 2022. Plus, with New Year’s resolutions on the horizon, we discuss the science of healthy habits and how to help form them for your training going forward.

And, if you haven’t scoffed the Christmas leftovers yet, we’ve got plenty of ideas for how to turn them into delicious meals.

Gore winter gear

Gore's Endure jacket is a lightweight packable Gore-Tex PacLite shell suited to all-road riders who are hunting style and performance.
Gore’s Endure jacket is a lightweight packable Gore-Tex PacLite shell suited to all-road riders who are hunting style and performance.
Felix Smith / Immediate Media

Our video editor Felix had a pile of Gore winter gear arrive, which should help him start 2022 with a bang. Plus, he’ll have no excuses for not sticking to any New Year’s resolutions.

First up is the Gore Endure jacket. This lightweight waterproof is aimed at all-road riders. Using Gore-Tex PacLite, it’s ready to be stashed and carried on mixed-weather rides and pulled out when needed. The hood fits over a helmet, and its regular cut keeps it functional but cool for café stops. Plus, there are a few more neat features.

The Endure's helmet compatible hood should help you keep you feeling cosier when the heavens open on your ride.
The Endure’s helmet-compatible hood should help keep you dry when the heavens open on your ride.
Felix Smith / Immediate Media

Overshoes are a winter essential. These Gore Shield Thermo covers use Gore-Tex Infinium to keep them windproof, breathable and water-resistant. There’s also a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating to shrug off splashes and a fleece lining to boost warmth.

Gore Shield Thermo overshoes utilise Gore-Tex Infinium to keep them windproof and water-resistent.
The Gore Shield Thermo overshoes utilise Gore-Tex Infinium to keep them windproof and water-resistant.
Felix Smith / Immediate Media

The tight fit makes them streamlined, and the stretch material should help you fit and remove them more easily.

The fleece lining adds in the Gore Shield Thermo overshoes add warmth and comfort.
The fleece lining in the Gore Shield Thermo overshoes adds warmth and comfort.
Felix Smith / Immediate Media

Keeping your hands cosy is a necessity for bike control. The Thermo Split gloves use Gore-Tex Infinium to protect your digits from winter weather. They slip the index finger to give you complete control of brakes, gears and riding tech but snuggle the other three fingers together to share warmth.

Gore's Thermo Split gloves group three fingers together for maximum warmth whiel allowing you keep control of your biek with a free index finger.
Gore’s Thermo Split gloves group three fingers together for maximum warmth while allowing you to keep control of your bike with a free index finger.
Felix Smith / Immediate Media

When it’s raining, you’ll need something more waterproof. The Gore C5 gloves use full-fat Gore-Tex to keep rain and wind at bay. In addition, they feature a silicone index finger, so you can still use touchscreens without the need to take them off.

The G5 Gore-Tex gloves form Gore a full-on waterproof glove help keep you're hands dry and warm on even the most foul weather days.
The C5 gloves from Gore are waterproof and will help keep your hands dry and warm on even the foulest-weather days.
Felix Smith / Immediate Media
  • Gore Endure jacket £229.99
  • Gore Shield Thermo overshoes £69.99
  • Gore Gore-Tex Infinium Thermo Split gloves £69.99
  • Gore C5 Gore-Tex gloves £69.99

Laylo Mount

The Laylo mount replaces a 5mm stem spacer to help keep attachments on like e-bike screens out of harms way.
The Laylo Mount replaces a 5mm stem spacer to help keep attachments such as electric bike screens out of harm’s way.
Mark Huskisson

Alex has received the Laylo Mount for Bosch’s Purion electric bike display and controller, an elegant solution to the ever-increasing problem of handlebar clutter.

Thanks to advances in technology, we’re seeing our bikes become even more technologically integrated. So much so, it’s not unusual to see someone riding an electric mountain bike with its own dedicated display and a GPS cycle computer strapped to the bars. Then you need lights (if you ride at night), plus a dropper-post lever, gear shifter, and anything else you wish to mount to the bars.

Laylo’s Mount serves two purposes. One is reducing bar clutter to free up space; the other is to place the Mount out of harm’s way when the bike is turned upside down, or in the event of an accident or crash.

With the Laylo mount there is no danger of damaging the display when the bike flipped upside down.
With the Laylo Mount, there’s no danger of damaging the display when the bike is flipped upside down.
Mark Huskisson

The Mount is the same diameter as a 1in 1/8 steerer tube and is 5mm thick. It acts as a headset spacer and can sit above or below your stem, staying in place with the clamping force given by the top cap. But it doesn’t clamp so tight that it can’t rotate if it’s contacted by your knee or a tree in a crash.

The mounts acts as a 5mm stem spacers and the clamp is a 22.2mm diameter handlebar width.
The Mount acts as a 5mm stem spacer and the clamp is a 22.2mm-diameter handlebar width.
Mark Huskisson

The Mount can be reversed front to back or upside down, but make sure there is enough space so that it doesn’t contact the frame when the bars are turned.

The mount weighs 25g, and the headset spacer section is manufactured from CNC machined aluminium, while the tubular mounting portion is made from nylon.

Because the tubed section replicates the 22.2mm handlebar section, the Laylo Mount can be used for other bar-mounted accessories too.

  • £20

Effetto Mariposa cleaning products and wax lube

Effetto Mariposa's range of new eco-friendly, biodegrabable, clearner, degreaser, and wax lube.
Effetto Mariposa’s range of new eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaner, degreaser and wax lube.
Luke Marshall / Immediate Media

If you’re environmentally conscious, Effetto Mariposa’s new range of plant-based and biodegradable cleaners and oils may be just what you’re after.

Its Allpine Light is a biodegradable cleaner that adds a water-repellent polish. When your pride and joy needs a deep clean, this silicone-free solution can be used as a regular bike wash. Spray the bike with Allpine Light, wait a few minutes, then rinse with the sponge or brush for the best results and dry with a cloth.

Effetto Mariposa Light is a biodegradable cleaner than can be used with or without water, depending how mucky your bike is.
Effetto Mariposa Allpine Light is a biodegradable cleaner that can be used with or without water, depending on how mucky your bike is.
Luke Marshall / Immediate Media

If you need any touch-ups, or if your bike just needs a quick refresh, you can use this as a waterless cleaner too. Simply spray on a cloth and wipe over your bike to give it a shine.

Allpine Extra is a biodegradable chain and disc brake degreaser. It uses pine oil, a natural solvent, and is said to cause no harm to the environment (even if your chain lube does). In addition, it’s claimed to be safe on metals, chromes, painted surfaces and carbon.

Simply immerse your chain, use a chain cleaner or brush, apply and agitate. Wait a few minutes, then rinse well with water.

Effetto Mariposa Flowerpower Wax chain lube is a wax emulsion made from sunflower seed wax and othet natural ingreditents.
Effetto Mariposa Flowerpower wax chain lube is a wax emulsion made from sunflower seed wax and other natural ingredients.
Luke Marshall / Immediate Media

When you need to re-lube the chain after a clean, Effetto Mariposa has Flowerpower Wax. This water-based wax emulsion lube uses sunflower seed wax, among other natural ingredients. It is claimed to have excellent properties for cycling, adhering well to metal and being naturally water-resistant. There’s no addition of fluorinated compounds, graphene, sulphides or alcohol. This is a vegan product.

It benefits from a higher 50/50 wax-to-water ratio than other brands’ more common 30/70 ratio. That should leave a thicker wax layer for the same amount of lube, improving durability and efficiency.

Effetto Mariposa says you can achieve 300 kilometres with a single application on the road without heavy rain. A 100ml bottle should give you 25 applications. Mountain biking may need more applications.

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  • Effetto Mariposa Allpine Light Eco bike cleaner £14 / $18.99USD / €16,99EUR per 1000 ml
  • Effetto Mariposa Allpine Extra Eco degreaser £16 / $21.99USD / €18.99EUR per 500 ml
  • Effetto Mariposa Flowerpower Wax chain lube £12 / $15.99USD / €13.99EUR per 100 ml