“Friday Five Product Revue” is our weekly roundup of new bikes and products that have made their way through the doors of RBA headquarters. Many will be featured in upcoming issues of Road Bike Action magazine, so be sure to subscribe.
It seems most every shoe company has been going backwards in technology, with the age of microfilament dials and wire style tensioned shoes giving way to nearly almost every company producing models with laces. Trek’s version is the Bontrager Classique. The Classique features a vented microfiber upper with a 12K carbon weave sole, anti-slip heel gripping fabric, and snap closure lace management system. The Classique shoe is available in black and blue with four different lace color options.
Check out bontrager.com for more of their products
If you are looking for another layer under your jersey, then consider the Showers Pass Baselayer, which provides a snug, anatomical fit while giving enough stretch for maneuverability. Venting at the hotter body points help prevent overheating and allows the wicking of moisture away from the skin. The seamless construction allows for less skin chafe and irritation. The Body-Mapped Baselayer is available in S/M and L/XL.
Go to showerspass.com for more information
This product will appeal to any sort of rider who gets the occasional scratch, road rash, cut, sunburn and much more. Armor Gel is a Nano Silver Wound Dressing that helps kill and defend from bacterial and fungal infections, more specifically for the protection against Staph bacteria. Armor Gel is available in 1.5 oz and 4 oz bottles.
Get more information at armor-gel.com
7Mesh’s Synergy Longsleeve jersey is a versatile, fully featured hybrid jersey with WINDSTOPPER® front and lightweight breathable rear panels. The softshell fronts offers enhanced wind and chill protection while the lightweight knit rear panels help transmit moisture and heat for exceptional long ride comfort. Aggressively patterned and shaped for riding articulation grants superior on bike fit and minimal seam bulk. The signature 7mesh 5-pocket system includes two zippered pockets for electronics and valuables.
Check out more of their all-weather clothing at 7meshinc.com
It may not be appropriate to wear headphones at all times on the bike, but music can however help you get through hard solo training days. Jay Bird’s new X2 headphones are are light weight cordless option that hooks to your mobile device via Bluetooth. It can play music up to 8 hours in a single charge and house the batteries in the earbuds themselves. Their special in ear hook design keeps them locked in you ears so there is no worry of them falling out no matter how bumpy the terrain might get.
Visit jaybirdsport.com for more of their electronic products
WIN SOME RBA SCHWAG!
Now here’s your chance to win a prize package from the RBA office’s schwag pile. This week winner will take home a Sigma computer bag, Look socks and Nuun fluid nutrition tabs. To win, all you have to do is send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with answers to the following question(s) and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. (The winner must be a resident of the U.S.) Good luck!
We are starting to lose daylight earlier–do you go for a night ride or ride the trainer indoors?