The Vuelta is coming, so what better way to prepare for the brutally tough Spanish mountains than to up your gear game with a lightweight jersey, bottle cages with a lifetime warranty, a well-vented helmet, latex tubes and Froome’s nose ring.
From the pages of Issue 52
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THE JERSEY FOR GOING UP AND DOWN MOUNTAINS. We shave weight everywhere—body and bike—but what about apparel? Castelli’s latest climber’s jersey, the Climbers 2.0, is made with Flusso PRO fabric, which weighs only 75 grams per square meter (that’s crazy light!) and Strada Pro 3D fabric on the back to make sure the pockets hold firm. You get UPF 16 sun relief and incredible wicking from the 3D knit. Not only is the jersey ideal for hot-weather climbing, it’s perfect for descending too. Based on the Aero Race 5.0, it’s within 2 watts of the fastest jersey Castelli has ever made. $130; castelli-cycling.com
6 GRAMS THAT LAST A LIFETIME. We usually don’t recommend shaving a handful of grams with a crazy-light bottle cage. They are prone to breakage and can eject bottles, but we make an exception for the Blackburn carbon-fiber Cinch cage. This thing weighs just 16 grams and holds bottles firmly in place so you never reach for a bottle that isn’t there. The Cinch also comes with a lifetime warranty, so if it breaks you’ll get a shiny new one for your bike. Of course, we haven’t ever broken one, but it’s nice to know. 16 grams; $60; blackburndesign.com
PUT A LID ON THAT CLIMBING. Lots of vents are great, but even a plethora of vents can be useless at the low speeds seen when climbing. POC’s Octal RACEDAY has fewer vents than many helmets, but they are huge, great when the speed is high, but still allowing for exceptional passive ventilation when crawling up a steep climb. It’s light too—230grams (size Small) in the US CPSC version—and Coolbest pads help keep down the temperatures against your head. 230 grams (SM); $240; pocsports.com
THE CHEAPEST, MOST EFFECTIVE GRAMS YOU CAN SAVE. It’s well known that shaving serious weight where it counts is ridiculously expensive, and it’s usually true. But an extra $20 can shave up to 80 grams, exactly where it counts most, with Bontrager’s Race XXX Lite Latex tubes. Add a tube in your pocket and that’s 120 grams saved over standard butyl tubes. It doesn’t hurt that they also reduce rolling resistance and increase comfort. 70 grams; $20; trekbikes.com
WEAR FROOME’S NOSE RING. If you’ve ever seen a picture of Chris Froome wearing a yellow nose ring, don’t worry, tattoos and a Mohawk are not next. He’s using a nasal dilator called the Turbine by Rhinomed. Simply slip the Turbine, made of medical grade polymer, into your nose and it is guaranteed to create an instant feeling of increased airflow—38-percent more on average. The Turbine gently dilates both nostrils and comes in three sizes, each of which can be fine-tuned once in place; so whether you have a button nose or a Cyrano de Bergerac, there is a Turbine for you. $28; theturbine.com
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