GU ROCTANE DRINK, RECOVERY BREW & PEANUT BUTTER GEL
Here's a look at some of the latest products to come by RBA
headquarters, starting with something we've been looking forward to for a while: a recovery drink from GU. GU's Recovery Brew
comes in three unique flavors, Chocolate Smoothie, Strawberry-Watermelon and Orange-Pineapple.
Fans of GU's Brew Energy Drink mix can now get a super-charged version for those extra long days in the saddle. Part of the company's Roctane line, Ultra Endurance
drink amps up the calories and carbs over GU's "standard" drink mix. Three flavors are available: Lemon-Lime, Tropical Fruit & Grape.
GU's peanut butter gel
, the "most requested new flavor" in the company's history, is now available for mass consumption. Promotional samples had been floating around for some time, complete with a shot of Andre the Giant in his role from the film, "Princess Bride
." With peanut butter, GU Gel flavors now total 11... there's another obscure film reference in there somewhere
If you're a fan of energy gels, then you may have tried any one of the various "gel flasks" on the market. They're washable, reusable, and usually hold the equivalent of 5-10 gel packets in one convenient unit. Hydrapak's newest offering, the Softflask
, is a great variation on the traditional hard plastic gel flask. It's made from a soft, flexible fabric that lets you squeeze every last bit of gel at the end of a long ride. It's also easier to clean.
PEARL IZUMI P.R.O. IN-R-COOl JERSEY
Pearl Izumi's P.R.O. In-R-Cool jersey
is one of the more stylish jerseys to come through the palatial RBA offices in recent weeks. A great option as the weather starts to warm up as we head into summer, this jersey features Pearl Izumi's In-R-Cool and Transfer Minerale technologies for great ventilation and impressive moisture-wicking capabilities. Four color options and five sizes are available, and you should note that the overall cut is quite form-fitting.
If you're a fan of minimalist gloves, then you should check out Pearl Izumi's P.R.O. Pittards
. The palm is made from Pittards natural leather and has no padding, perfect for those who want a bit of palm protection but like a more natural grip on the handlebar. Pearl Izumi's In-R-Cool mesh panel on the back provides great ventilation. It's available in five sizes and four colors, and a women's verison is also available in three sizes.
Contact: Pearl Izumi
QUARQ POWER METERS
Now available for Specialized and Cannondale cranksets and featuring both Power Balance (displays the ratio of power generated in the right drive stroke (first
half) versus the left drive stroke (second half). Lets you work on an
equal pedal stroke over 360 degrees of rotation) and OmniCal (power measurement is independent from chainring selection. Switch from
road to TT chainrings without impacting accuracy. No recalibration
necessary), lightweight and improved clearance, and compatibility with a wide range of chainrings. The entirely new design, using aluminum-armored, integrated electronics, lifts accuracy to +/- 1.5%. Ease-of-use takes center stage with the prominent ANT+ ID, LED and Quarq’s tool-less, user replaceable battery. Weight: 138g (130BCD, spider only)
Price: $1795 (spider only)
SERFAS STI-17, STI-15 & STI-13 MULTI-TOOLS
SPORTIQUE CENTURY RIDING CREAM & WARMING UP OIL
Serfas latest series of multi-tools include a unique feature: integrated CO2 inflators. The three-strong line of STI tools each include all of the basic allen wrenches you'll need for most any ride, along with a CO2 inflator. Special features of each include a chain breaker (STI-17), bottle opener (STI-13) and a set of tire levers (STI-15).
Sportique produces a variety of skin care products for the active lifestyle. Century Riding Cream was designed specifically for cyclists and it's a great chamois cream for long jaunts in the saddle. A 6-ounce tube retails for $19.95. Sportique's Warming Up Oil is ideal for pre- or post-ride warm-ups and/or massages, providing instance warmth for tired or aching muscles. A 3.5-ounce tube retails for $11.95