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In the Drops: Lezyne lights, Airofit Pro, Le Col x Wahoo indoor training kit and Healthspan caffeine gum

Our weekly roundup of what’s hot in the cycling world and a timely and provocative book

Emma Cole
4 Mar 2022

March is upon us, and the days are getting longer which means getting out of bed for a morning ride is easier and the sun is gradually peeking out for evening jaunts.

I’ve spotted daffodils starting to bloom in the bustling borough of Islington, so despite the chaos in the world, here at Cyclist we are keeping a spring in our step.

We were treated to a blistering Opening Weekend, which you can enjoy through the lens of Chris Auld, while the third segment of Robyn’s online round-up featuring dog yoga also gave us much enjoyment.

In the world of cycling gear, Greg LeMond and LeMond Cycles unveiled their return to road bikes with the LeMond 8 Concept, claiming huge carbon fibre innovation, whilst Giro released its new Eclipse Spherical helmet which it promises is the fastest and airiest aero helmet out there.

We also covered the launches of the Cadex AR 35 road and gravel wheelset, and the Hunt 32 Aerodynamicist wheelset. Try saying the latter quickly, what a mouthful.

If you are after smart solutions for bike storage, read our guide to the best options, and we also have the lowdown on the best sustainable cycling clothing brands.

Strade Bianche is this weekend so check out our guide to the routes and riders and how to watch it, and most importantly, the favourites as picked by Joe Robinson.

The good stuff doesn’t stop here.

Lezyne Lite Drive 1000XL/Strip Drive Pro Light Set

Let me hear you sing ‘Shine bright like a Lezyne’.

Rihanna lyrics aside, a good pair of lights are essential for any cyclist, regardless of discipline and ability.

The Lezyne Lite Drive 1000XL/Strip Drive Pro Light Set offer a great level of brightness, and beam patterns without being overly technical.

The Lite Drive 1000XL is a compact, high-powered front light which has eight settings, including a race setting and can hit 1000 lumens for 7.5 hours.

The race mode lets you toggle between an economy output and the brightest 1000-lumens output.

Blast mode is the brightest when not in race mode but is still powerful and has the benefit of longer burn time.

The Lite Drive 1000XL is easy to use even when wearing full winter gloves thanks to the tactile rubberised button atop the unit.

The Strive Drive Pro is an LED rear light with 270 degrees of visibility and offers 300 lumens for five hours.

It has 11 different modes, and I like how it has some rather funky light sequences.

Both lights also come with adapters to make them easy to put on any shaped seatpost and handlebar.

The set is currently on sale at £88 at Sigma Sports, which is a bargain.

  • Buy the Lezyne Lite Drive 1000XL/Strip Drive Pro Light set from Sigma Sports (£88)

Airofit Pro

I never thought much about my breathing until I came across the Airofit Pro.

Initially created to help asthma sufferers and COPD sufferers (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), the Airofit Pro is a breathing trainer which aims to increase lung capacity and make breathing muscles stronger, faster and more efficient.

The brand says you will see a major difference if you do just a few minutes of Airofit Pro breathing exercises every day.

So far the device has been incredibly easy to use. The trainer connects to an app on your phone, and from there you follow instructions and exercises.

Every day Airofit measures your current lung function. This data is then combined with your age, gender, height, and weight to produce a tailored training session, using your measurements as a baseline.

Exercises involve setting the toggles on the side wheels and inhaling and exhaling as per the on-screen instructions.

A training session typically lasts between 5 to 10 minutes.

I am still getting to grips with the Airofit Pro so can’t yet quantify its benefits, however if it does work, it is a really interesting and simple tool, and one I just had to share.

Le Col x Wahoo indoor training kit

Feeling trendy on the turbo. Not a phrase I thought I would ever blurt out however the Le Col x Wahoo indoor training kit makes me feel just that.

Style and substance come together in this colourful indoor extravaganza.

The race cut jersey has a low collar which helps with ventilation and is made from 3D mesh fabric which the brand says wicks sweat away from the body.

The bib shorts are made from lightweight Lycra Sport Fibre and have laser-cut incisions on the thighs to increase air flow.

They also have a multi-density chamois which the brands say is ideal for indoor training, as it offers more protection on the nose of the saddle, making indoor riding more comfortable.

The kit is much lighter than standard cycling kit, and come the week-long August heatwave, will also serve you well outside.

So you can train trendy on the turbo, or on a Peloton like me, being extra-trendy.

Kudos if you spot Ziggy the cat photobombing.

Healthspan Elite Kick-Start caffeine gum

Sometimes we all need a little caffeine boost to get rolling which is where the Healthspan Elite Kick-Start Gum comes into play.

Each piece contains 100mg of pure caffeine, about the same as what you would get in a double shot espresso.

It also tastes minty which if you ask me is a massive positive as I don’t drink coffee. There I said it, I ride bikes and I don’t drink coffee.

Moving on, this gum is fast release and the brand says that it offers 85% absorption in 10-15 minutes.

I feel its affects not long after the first few chews.

At £24.99 for 120 pieces it works out at 20p a piece of gum, much cheaper than an espresso I am assured.

  • Buy Healthspan Elite kick-start caffeine gum (£24.99)

What I am into this week: The Fear and the Freedom: How the Second World War Changed Us

The Fear and the Freedom: How the Second World War Changed Us is a book by Keith Lowe which analyses the impact of the Second World War on the world today, exploring the major changes and myths that emerged.

It is rich in history, thought-provoking and at times profoundly moving.

Lowe examines the philosophical and psychological impact of the war, and residual traumas, which are often told through individual testimonies revealing the bare bones of devastating conflict.

A particularly alarming testimonial is that of a former Japanese army surgeon who performed experimentative surgical procedures on innocent Chinese peasants.

After the war he is revered as a hero, but on reading words from a victim’s mother, he realises and comes to terms with the gravity of his actions.

Lowe analyses the role of the Allies, war nostalgia, the idea of heroism and a particular favourite, how our views on evil have formed and evolved from the Second World War.

What I really like about this book is that it is provocative, unflattering and challenges much of what we might take at face value.

Given the current situation in Ukraine and the delicate geopolitical landscape, The Fear and the Freedom feels like a very apt read.

  • Buy The Fear and The Freedom: How the Second World War Changed Us (£9.39)

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