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Pick 'n' Mix

James Spender
11 Jan 2017

Welcome to the Chinese Year of the Rooster

SpeedyShark Espresso Collection – £49, speedyshark.com

Why is milk so fast? Because it’s pasteurised before you see it. Depending on your persuasion, dumping such cow juice in a coffee might sound like udder madness, but one thing on which we can all agree is that SpeedyShark’s dinky little espresso cups (milk them up for a cortado) are as much a joy to behold as they are to sip from, clad gloriously with graphics of your favourite climbs. 

Rudy Project Fotonyk glasses – £120, yellow-limited.com

In the future there will be no official words, only arbitrary collections of letters designed to make you search for a meaning that isn’t there. There will also be sunglasses, and they might well look like these futural numbers from Rudy Project. Featuring an adjustable nosebridge, customisable frames and the option of photochromatic lenses, the Fotonyks may just be rewriting the glasses rulebook along with that dikshenray. 

Sole Active Thin insoles – £35, yoursole.com

Thanks to Sole, if you can cook an oven pizza you’re already halfway towards being your own personal podiatrist. Simply preheat your oven to 90°C (lowering to 80°C for a fan-assisted oven, naturally), ‘bake’ the Active Thins for two minutes then serve to guests with a squeeze of lemon. Or place inside your shoes, along with your feet, and wait for the mouldable polymer to take up the contours of each foot before cooling. 

Muc-Off X-3 Dirty Chain Machine – £30, muc-off.com 

This year Cyclist received our worst-ever Christmas present, and one of our best. The worst was a new bike GPS made by Bonnie Tyler, which keeps telling us to turn around, and every now and then it falls apart. The best was Muc-Off’s latest-generation chain cleaner, which does precisely what it says on the free bottle of degreaser – cleans your chain
to prevent a total eclipse of your drivetrain’s heart.

Blaze Laserlight – £125, blaze.cc

If Dr Evil made bike lights, he would have one simple request – to have a headlight with a frickin’ laser beam attached to its front. Blaze forged ahead to create this 300-lumen lamp equipped with a genuine laser that projects a picture of a bicycle 6m ahead onto the road. According to Blaze this increases a rider’s visibility from 72% to 96%, and the powers that be are so impressed these lights are now standard on London’s bike hire steeds. Groovy, baby.

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