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Conquer your city with Cycle Surgery

25 Apr 2018

This feature was produced in association with Cycle Surgery

As road cyclists, the clothes we wear are the product of countless hours of innovation, research and development.

That’s because we recognise and demand that the equipment we use should help us make the most of our riding – whether it’s weekend spins through the countryside or midweek crit races.

For many of us, though, our daily commute to and from work also contributes to our fitness level, yet we do it with gear that is often ill suited to the job at hand.

Office attire is invariably restrictive and uncomfortable to ride in, but shoehorning on Lycra twice a day for the blast across town can be impractical.

The solution is to invest in quality gear that has been created for the challenges of the city.

‘We stock a wide range of gear designed for rides in urban environments because we believe dressing specifically is necessary to get the most from your commute,’ the team at Cycle Surgery tells us.

‘It’s just more functional, not to mention more comfortable, which ultimately makes you safer and more efficient.’

Cycle Surgery believes educating customers and ensuring that they understand their buying decisions is the best way to get the products that are best for them.

‘We have a long heritage as a bike shop and are experts in our field. We believe people are happier when they are outside, so our mission is to facilitate that in any way we can.’ 

Whyte Glencoe bike

£1,299 |

Urban roads aren’t known for their smooth surfaces so the Whyte Glencoe’s long and stable geometry, 650b wheels and 47c tubeless tyres are a big advantage, guarding against punctures and rutted tarmac better than the more common 700c wheels with 28mm tyres.

Sram’s Apex 1x drivetrain is easy to maintain and the performance of TRP’s disc brakes is far more robust on oily, changeable urban roads than rim brakes.

Giro Foray MIPS helmet

£80 |

Giro’s Foray helmet is a truly versatile lid. It is sleek enough to fit in on the weekend club run, taking design cues from the brand’s top-tier Synthe, yet robust enough for daily use.

It cedes only a little in terms of aerodynamics and weight to its pricier big brother, and MIPS protection comes as standard, making the Foray a seriously good value proposition when it comes to safety and performance.

Gore C5 ShakeDry 1985 Viz jacket

£250 |

The C5 uses Gore’s new ShakeDry technology, which essentially allows the Gore-tex membrane itself to become the garment, meaning the usual face fabric required to protect that layer can be dispensed with.

The resulting garment is lighter and far more breathable, yet is still totally waterproof. To aid visibility Gore has updated the design on the C5 with hi-viz panelling to keep you safe on grey, rainy days in the city.

Osprey Escapist 25 backpack

£95 |

The 25-litre capacity of Osprey’s Escapist backpack hits a sweet-spot for the commuter - it’s big enough to carry all the day’s essentials without being overly bulky.

The harness and back panel are ventilated to ensure your back still receives adequate airflow when riding, there’s an attachment on which to fix your helmet once you reach the office, and plenty of dividers and pockets inside the main compartment. 

Hiplock DX lock, £69.99

£69.99 |

Despite its diminutive size, Hiplock’s DX achieves a Sold Secure Gold rating thanks to a 14mm hardened steel shackle, body casing and dual locking tabs.

Its security isn’t undermined by excess bulk, however, as it is shaped to slip easily into backpack pockets or your belt when not in use.

It even has a clip to securely fasten it so it doesn’t shake loose if you need to drop a kerb in a hurry.

Endura Hummvee II shorts

£60 |

Thanks to some clever design features and material choices Endura’s Hummvee shorts are as adept on the daily grind as they are tearing down mountain bike trails.

The tough Nylon ripstop fabric treated with a DWR coating means they are durable and weatherproof, and the cut allows freedom of movement without excess material.

The shorts are finished with a detachable padded insert so your sit bones are kept happy. 

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