Nov 30, 2016 – It’s Wednesday at Peloton Magazine, and that means we are bringing you some of the top gear from the peloton service course. Today we are featuring kit from Hincapie, Mavic footwear for Women, a classic saddle by Brooks and Pioneer’s powermeter for Shimano 105.
Hincapie Signature Jersey. One thing becomes very clear when you line up at a fondo: many cyclists are style-challenged. Fight back with Hincapie’s Signature Kit. Available in black or white, it’s a classy antidote to all the crazy patterns and vibrant hues. Small details like subtle striping and houndstooth patterning are revealed with close inspection. The fabric is super light, has four- way stretch, has patterns designed for an aero advantage and three big pockets are complemented by a zippered, waterproof pocket big enough for your iPhone. $180 (jersey); hincapie.com
Mavic Ksyrium Elite Women’s Shoe. Mavic may be best known for wheels, but its shoes are some of the best in the peloton. The women-specif ic Ksyrium Elite shoe puts the focus on proper f it for a woman’s foot to deliver real comfort while keeping one eye on performance. The tongue wraps your foot in what Mavic calls the Glove Effect. The Ergo ratchet keeps your foot on lock down and the composite sole transfers power without being stiffer than necessary. The outsole is white too, which is just plain cool. $150; mavic.com
Brooks Swallow Black Copper. For the 150th anniversary of the legendary British manufacturer, Brooks recreated iconic products with hand-hammered copper rivets and copper frames with gorgeous black leather. The B15 Swallow was first made in the 1930s and quickly won favor in the pro peloton. While not as light as today’s race saddles, it’s still beautifully comfortable thanks to Brook’s “hammock effect,” the perfect addition to a classic fondo rig. $210; brooksengland.com
Shimano 105 Pioneer Left Side Power Meter. Just because you ride Shimano 105 doesn’t mean you aren’t serious about riding, so stop staring at heart rate and get Pioneer Power. For $500, riders can have a power meter based on the same meter ridden at the Tour de France installed on the left arm of their Shimano 105 crank. It speaks ANT+ for connectivity to most GPS units, and if you get one of the Pioneer head units you can work with force and torque vectors to improve your pedal stroke. $500; powerisking.com