11spd: This week's new bike gear

Shiny new products from Specialized, Resolute Bay, Liv Cycling, Lezyne and Pearl Izumi

Ah, transitional seasons. Whichever hemisphere of this planet we call Earth you are on, whether it's autumn, fall or spring, you're probably facing that age-old dilemma of 'what shall I wear cycling?'

Whether it's too warm for a waterproof but too wet to do without, or a chilly morning that sees you set off with a thermal jacket only to overheat when the sun unexpectedly comes out, it seems almost impossible to pick the right clothing. Then, of course, there's the small matter of sorting your bike out so it can deal with the changeable weather, adding mudguards, fitting tyres that work in the wet, cleaning it post-ride and so on…

Luckily, we're in the process of testing the latest and best waterproof jackets, shoes, gloves etc to make sure you stay comfortable whatever the elements throw at you.

And we can also recommend mudguards, tips on how to dress for cold weather and even soup recipes so you've got something tasty and warm to come back to after any cold and wet rides.

But for now, the worst of the autumn weather is still weeks away, so instead of worrying about it, just sit back, relax and have a browse of some of the new gear that's landed on the BikeRadar desk this week.

Specialized Women's 2FO Flat 1.0 shoes

The new incarnation of the Specialized 2FO flat pedal shoes
The new incarnation of the Specialized 2FO flat pedal shoes

Specialized released its 2FO shoes several years ago and christened its debut flat-pedal shoe with a term that's short for 'foot out, flat out' (2FO – geddit?).

The shoes have been redesigned for 2017 and now weigh in at 583g per pair.

The sole features a raised tread pattern with a deeper tread at the toe and heel for increased traction
The sole features a raised tread pattern with a deeper tread at the toe and heel for increased traction

Its new features include a more flexible sole that feels tackier to the touch, more flexible fabric in the sides of the upper, a protective waterproof coating at the toe and a reinforced toe and heel. 

An inner cuff is included in the new design
An inner cuff is included in the new design

There's also an inner neoprene cuff that hugs the ankle to prevent any grit, mud and stones from working their way inside. The shoes are still lace-up and have the little elastic strap to keep the laces tucked out of the way.

Loops on the tongue and heel also make pulling the shoes on and off easier, and help you do it without getting muddy hands when the shoes are covered in gunk.

  • Price: £100 / $110 / AU$160

Resolute Bay W1 women's commuter jeans

Resolute Bay design jeans that are designed to look good off the bike and work well on it
Resolute Bay design jeans that are designed to look good off the bike and work well on it

London-based brand Resolute Bay is all about creating functional, casual clothing that's comfortable and practical for cycling.

The W1 is a pair of stretch-denim, skinny-fit jeans for women, with a reinforced gusset and reflective details on the rear pocket and side seams. They come in either black or indigo.

Resolute Bay also produces men's jeans, merino tops and a reflective rain jacket.

  • Price: £70, ships internationally

Britain's Greatest Cycling Climbs book box set

Need something to aim for? How about tackling all of these?!
Need something to aim for? How about tackling all of these?!

It might be a tiny bit early to mention the C-word (Christmas, in case you're wondering) but on the off chance you're already scouting out presents for the roadie in your life, then this box of books is going to be of interest.

The books within contain details and descriptions of 545 climbs from all across the UK, neatly divided into different regions so you can target a section of the country at a time.

Written by Simon Warren, they're perfect for the rider who loves to pit their skill and stamina against the British landscape.

  • Price: £50 / $65 / AU$TBC

Glower Clothing T-shirts

Glower Clothing make men's and women's t-shirts and jumpers with designs inspired by cycling
Glower Clothing make men's and women's t-shirts and jumpers with designs inspired by cycling

What do you wear when you're not cycling? Something that declares your love for cycling, of course.

Glower Clothing has a selection of T-shirts (as well as vest tops, hoodies and sweatshirts) with various designs, including everything from sprockets that turn into mountains and bottlecages containing coffee cups, to downhilling marmots. The garments come in a range of colours with options for both men and women.

You can also relax in the knowledge that the company works to ensure the garments are made using recycled or sustainably sourced fabrics by workers who are paid a fair wage.

  • Price: £25 / Ships to EU but not US/Australia

Liv Cycling Zorya range

The Zorya range consists of windproof jackets, gloves, arm warmers and leg warmers.
The Zorya range consists of windproof jackets, gloves, arm warmers and leg warmers.

Liv Cycling, sister brand of Giant Bicycles, has upped its clothing game significantly this year.

It's collaborated with Spanish garment manufacturers Exteondo to produce jackets, bibs, tights, shorts, knickers, jerseys, gilets, arm and leg warmers, gloves and more. The ranges are designed to coordinate or mix and match.

The arm warmers are intentionally mis-matched, and coordinate with other garments in the range
The arm warmers are intentionally mis-matched, and coordinate with other garments in the range

The Zorya line is intended for transitional seasons and brings you reflectivity with a twist. The wind jacket, arm and leg warmers have a space-inspired print with speckled reflective detailing as well as the usual stripes along the seams.

If you don't fancy this bright colourway, there are both brighter and less lairy versions available
If you don't fancy this bright colourway, there are both brighter and less lairy versions available

To keep your hands toasty the long-fingered Zorya gloves are made from a thermal fabric and there are silicone stripes on the digits and thumbs for a secure grip on the bars and levers. What's more, patches on the fingertips allow you to use touchscreens without taking the gloves off.

If you don't fancy the bright design of the leg and arm warmers there is a black and grey version available.

  • Zorya jacket: £99
  • Zorya arm warmers: £22.99
  • Zorya leg warmers: £29.99
  • Zorya gloves: £29.99

Specialized Ambush Comp MTB helmet

The Ambush Comp helmet from Specialized, with low coverage at the back for increased protection
The Ambush Comp helmet from Specialized, with low coverage at the back for increased protection

We reviewed the non-Comp version of the Ambush a while back and it scored a very impressive 4.5/5, so we're keen to see how the updated, top-of-the-range version performs.

Aimed firmly at the enduro/trail market, the Ambush Comp provides lots of coverage and plenty of ventilation. Its multi-density EPS foam construction, with a kevlar-like aramid skeleton, provides energy absorption and structural integrity to protect your head in the event of a crash.

While this helmet has been about for a while, we've decided to put it in a head-to-head test ('scuse the pun) with a selection of other trail/enduro lids, so watch this space to find out which one we rate best.

We particularly like this colourway, called Matte Dynamite Panther.

  • Price: £115 / $120 / AU$179.95

Lezyne Classic Brass bell

Lezyne's Classic Brass bell is held on by O rings
Lezyne's Classic Brass bell is held on by O rings

If you've ever spent any time riding on congested bike paths you'll probably appreciate the appeal of a bell.

Lezyne's Classic Brass bell is a classy, yet reasonably priced, piece of kit. It's constructed from polished brass and sits atop an aluminium base, and the striker can be rotated to keep it in easy reach whichever side of the bars you mount it on.

It's oh-so shiny, has a distinguished, extended tone and, unlike Spurcycle's exercise in excess, manages to cost less than six months' of cat food.

It attaches via O-rings so any bar or stem should be fair game. Two size are available: small or medium.

  • Price: £12.99 / $13.99 / AU$18.73

Opinel No 12 Pocket folding saw

Opinel saws have been made in Savoie, France since 1890
Opinel saws have been made in Savoie, France since 1890

What does a saw have to do with cycling? Quite a lot if you ride in the woods. Every winter the wind and snow wreak havoc on forests, bringing branches and even entire trees down and blocking the trails. So in the spring, portable saws go in packs and every ride involves some off-the-bike trail clearing work.

The Opinel No 12 saw is made in Savoie, France and combines a 12cm (4.7in) Sandvik stainless-steel blade with a beech wood handle. For a bit of safety (the teeth are seriously sharp), this fine-looking tool has a safety ring that locks the blade in an open or closed position. 

Simple but effective, the ring spins to lock the blade open
Simple but effective, the ring spins to lock the blade open

  • Price: £24 / $35 / AU$44.95

BLDG Active skin repair

BLDG Active claims to repair and heal wounds and skin
BLDG Active claims to repair and heal wounds and skin

Unfortunately for cyclists: the more you ride, the more you're going to crash. It's the law of averages and you can't avoid it.

When the unavoidable does occur, there are a few remedies to help you get you back to normal again. A new one, sporting an oddball name, is BLDG Active. It holds the promise of "all-natural skin and wound repair for the modern athlete."

The active ingredient doing the repair work is hypochlorous acid (HOCL), which occurs naturally in white blood cells and is said to fight off bacteria, minimise inflammation and promote healing. 

Two versions of BLDG Active are available: a spray and a hydrogel. And while nobody in the BikeRadar office wants to test it, we know that it's only a matter of time before the law of averages catches up with one of us. 

  • Price: $29.99 / £TBD / AU$TBD

Reelight CIO battery-free bike lights

The spoke magnet must pass closely by the light
The spoke magnet must pass closely by the light

Lights are vital to ensure you're seen when the seasons roll round to autumn and the evenings start drawing in.

But keeping those lights supplied with fresh batteries or remembering to plug them to charge them up is just another chore on a list that's already long. 

Reelight CIO lights work without batteries. How's that possible? Magic, that's how. Well, magnets actually, but they're sort of magic. 

The little key to tighten the cable and spoke magnet is simply a nice version of a hex wrench
The little key to tighten the cable and spoke magnet is simply a nice version of a hex wrench

These lights are small, modern-looking and feature high-powered LEDs. As well as flashing while you're riding, they're said to continue flashing for up to two minutes after you stop, which will be useful at junctions and traffic lights. They're supposed to be weatherproof too.

Reelight is from Copenhagen, Denmark and its CIO lights should be available in November 2017.

  • Price: $48 / £TBD / AU$TBD

Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Arm Warmers

I'm not taking flight, rather I'm seeing how muddy, gravel road water beads off of the material
I'm not taking flight, rather I'm seeing how muddy, gravel road water beads off of the material

Pearl Izumi's latest arm warmers are crafted from the company's Elite Thermalfleece fabric for a bit of warmth on cold days. 

In addition to the fuzzy fleece interiors, the exteriors mean business with what Pearl says is a permanent waterproof coating. Silicone grippers at the upper hem are there to prevent them from falling down and there's also some reflective elements for increased dawn and dusk visibility. 

The Elite Thermal arm warmers have a bit of shaping, hence the L and R
The Elite Thermal arm warmers have a bit of shaping, hence the L and R

Pearl Izumi offers X-Small through to XX-Large sizes to cover petite cyclists up to the most gangly riders. 

  • Price: £24.99 / $35 / AU$45
Aoife Glass

Women's Cycling Editor
A mountain biker at heart, also drawn to the open road. Likes big long adventures in the mountains. Usually to be found in the Mendip Hills or the Somerset Levels in the UK. Passionate about women's cycling at all levels.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Rocky, rough and a long way from anywhere.
  • Current Bikes: Liv Avail Advanced Pro 2015, Juliana Furtado 2013, Canyon Roadlite AL
  • Dream Bike: Juliana Roubion, Liv Avail Advanced SL
  • Beer of Choice: Red wine for the win!
  • Location: Weston Super Mare, Somerset, UK

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