“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!
SHOWERS PASS SPRING CLASSIC JACKET
Showers Pass makes a wide array of gear designed to keep you pedaling even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. The company’s latest garment is the Spring Classic jacket, which comes in two color options (red and black), and in five sizes (XS – XL). It features a combination of three-layer waterproof, yet breathable, hardshell and softshell fabrics, and it’s full seam-taped for even more protection against wind and rain. Details include elastic cuffs, 360 degrees of reflective material for visisbility in low-light conditions, and an angled front zipper paired with a uniquely shaped collar for extra comfort. Retail price is $289. Click here to learn more at the Showers Pass website!
IRC SERAC CX TIRES
The Serac CX tubeless cyclocross tire from Japanese brand IRC comes in three different tread patterns: CX (standard), Mud and Sand. Each one is optimized for different ‘cross racecourses, but we prefer the CX/Standard version for its versatility. It’s even a great option for gravel riding. The tire measures 32mm wide and is designed to work with any tubeless wheel system. MSRP for the Serac CX tire is $84.99. Click here to visit IRC’s website for more info!
POC INDEX WIND BREAKER GLOVES
Swedish brand POC Sports continues to expand its line of cycling clothing and accessories, and its lineup of gloves is filled with great options. The Index Wind Breaker is a full-fingered option designed for “Spring and Fall” cycling weather, giving your digits a bit of protection against a chilly breeze. The top section of the gloves is crafted from a windproof fabric, while the palm area is made from a suede-like material with some minimal rubber grippers on the pads of the index and middle fingers. Retail price is $50 for the pair, and they come in either blue of black colors, and in five sizes (XS – XL). Click here to check out POC’s complete line of cycling gloves!
Few accessories are so intimately tied to the spirit of riding a bike as a bell, and it’s an accessory that we recommend for most every cyclist who rides in any area where they may encounter pedestrians or slower riders. Based in the Bay Area of California, Spurcycle was founded in 2012 with its goal being to design highly functional and aesthetically pleasing cycling goods, and the company’s bell is one of the best we’ve ever come across. It’s made in the USA, can be affixed to practically any handlebar, and was optimized for a clear, crisp and highly effective sound. The Spurcycle bell can be had for $49 if you’re looking for the raw finish shown above, while a black finish can also be had for $59. Check out all of Spurcycle’s unique products here!
SPURCYCLE WATER BOTTLES
In addition to bells, Spurcycle also offers several unique accessories, including a set of condiment-inspired water bottles. Manufactured by Specialized as part of their high-end Purist bottle line, Spurcycle’s bottles are 22 ounces in size, sell for $12 each and come in three unique “flavors.” Click here to get your set of Spurcycle water bottles!
WIN SOME RBA SCHWAG!
Now here’s your chance to win a prize package from the RBA office’s schwag pile. This week’s winner will receive a hat from Twin Six (size S-M), and a t-shirt from Scott Bikes (size medium) — please do not request other sizes, as these are our only items available. To win, all you have to do is send us an email at [email protected] with an answers to the following question and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. (The winner must be a resident of the U.S., as we are only authorized to ship goods to the U.S. ) Good luck!
- What’s your favorite cold weather riding accessory?