“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.
JET ROLL SADDLE BAG
There are plenty of great saddle bags on the market, but we prefer those with just the right amount of storage capacity to hold your essential ride items. JET (Just Enough Tools) recently sent us their new JET Roll Supersonic saddle bag, a lightweight version of their popular Jet Roll II model. Weighing in at just over 100 grams, the Supersonic comes in several different colors and includes enough storage space for an inner tube, multitool, inflation device and tire levers. It’s roll-up design is change from the typical zippers we often see. And all of JET’s bags are made in the USA.
Check out their whole line at www.justenoughtools.com
RIP VAN WAFELS, DARK CHOCOLATE SEA SALT
A unique take on the classic Belgian stroopwafel, Rip Van Wafels have become one of our favorite ride snacks, and the company has just released a new flavor, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, to complement their popular Traditional flavor. The mix of chocolate and a touch of salt is quite tasty both on and off the bike, and it’s not an overwhelmingly sweet flavor, perfect for most taste buds. A box of 16 retails for $24.99.
To order, go to www.ripvanwafels.com.
LAZER BLADE HELMET
Trickling down some of the designs of their Z1 helmet, Lazer has created a more economically friendly version so more riders can enjoy some of the higher end feel similar to the Z1 helmet. The Blade has a very comparable shape to the Z1 but lacks the amount of ventilation holes that it has. The Blade has 22 holes, versus the Z1’s 31 holes. Lay flat adjustable straps and ultra-soft padding decrease discomfort and provide even more comfort. The Blade is available in five colors and is $94.99.
VITTORIA IKON SHOE
Hand making shoes in Italy has always held a certain pedigree and desire. A handful of companies continue to produce their shoes in Italy, including Vittoria. Vitoria’s newest addition is the Ikon, which is a carbon soled shoes with a microfiber upper. They also use a proprietary wire retention system similar to the popular Boa dials. Laser etched holes add a bit of ventilation for hot rides. The Ikon is available in four different colors: orange, white, black and green. The Ikon is also available in a Speedplay specific outer-sole for sizes 40-48.
need to secure your bike, and don’t want to wear a backpack or attach a mount to your frame? Hiplock has a solution for you. Hiplok is a belt-like lock that you can wear while riding and when you get to your destination you can easily take it off and lockup your bike. The Hiplok uses a 10mm hardened steel chain with a 12mm thick padlock. The outer sleeve protects your skin and cloths from damage while wearing the Hiplok, but can also be removed.
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 medium Cannondale Jersey, bib, arm warmers and gloves. To win, all you have to do is send us an email at [email protected] with answers to the following question(s), or simply answer them below in the Facebook comments section, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. (The winner must be a resident of the U.S.) Good luck!
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