A simple cycle computer that focuses on navigating workout metrics seems to have a pretty solid fan base. Beeline hopes it does, and our roundup begins with the British brand’s new Velo 2, a computer created for those less concerned with numbers and more interested in getting to their destination on time.
The following three products are for all drying racks. We take a look at the latest additions to Rapha’s Pro Team range, in the form of dedicated crit and gravel racing jerseys as well as Adidas’ latest road shoe offering, featuring a BOA fit system. Finally, two new pairs of sunglasses from the Italian brand Salice.
Beeline launches the Velo 2 computer with the promise of “simple” navigation
It’s fair to say that the best bike computers (opens in a new tab) have become quite complex these days. The all-singing, all-dancing main units now include a host of performance and workout features, along with the familiar metrics and navigation. If you’re longing for simpler times, Beeline’s Velo 2 computer might be just the thing for you.
Backed by a Kickstarter campaign and focused on “fundamental navigation”, the Velo 2 is an update to the British brand’s original model. Beeline says it now includes an “all-new navigation interface, larger display screen and an improved app-based route planner.”
The circular unit is created to offer what Beeline calls “hassle-free navigation”; type in your destination and the Velo 2 will offer you three options: a fast route, a leisurely route or a mix of the two. You can also choose your own route using the computer’s ‘compass mode’. The Velo 2’s screen also provides data such as speed, live ride stats and an ETA and “seamlessly integrates” with Strava according to Beeline, as well as phone and cloud connection.
Beeline says the Velo 2 is both waterproof and shockproof, and attaches to a bike’s bar or stem via a “twist-lock” mounting system. The charge is provided by a USB port with an autonomy of more than 10 hours.
The Velo 2 is available now for £79.99. For more information visit beeline.co (opens in a new tab)
We have one in review, so keep an eye out for our review.
Rapha launches jerseys dedicated to critical and gravel races
Given the growing popularity of critical and gravel racing, it’s perhaps no surprise that Rapha decided to produce a dedicated race jersey for each discipline.
Launched as part of its Pro Team collection, which includes racing apparel designed for competitive use and intensive training, the Crit and Gravel jerseys are created with performance in mind and come in men’s and women’s versions.
The Pro Team Crit Jersey (opens in a new tab) was developed with the L39ION of Los Angeles (opens in a new tab) team in mind and builds on Rapha’s existing Pro Team Aero jersey. “We had the Aero Jersey,” says Rapha designer Harry Osborne. “But we wanted to go even further and really target the high intensity of critical races where muscle support, moisture management and aerodynamics are all very important. It was about creating the fastest jersey possible for this very specific type of race.
It does this by being made using aero fabrics with bonded seams, with the combination reducing overall drag and aiding airflow, according to Rapha. Woven fabric is also chosen for its “moisture management” properties. Combined with a full length zipper, this should make the jersey well suited for summer riding. And while crit runs are short-lived and don’t require it, the jersey does have back pockets, which should broaden its appeal.
There is a male version (opens in a new tab) and there’s a Pro Team Crit women’s jersey (opens in a new tab) too.
Like the Crit jersey, the Pro Team Gravel jersey is also designed for elite racing, but with a different mission. Gravel races are often long and self-contained. Rapha therefore had to provide plenty of storage space while allowing the jersey to perform in hot and demanding conditions.
“Athletes wanted to be able to pack everything – nutrition, tools, even tubeless repair kits – into a jersey that was aerodynamic but could be unzipped for better ventilation when racing on the hottest days,” says Osborn.
With that conundrum in mind, the jersey uses breathable woven fabrics in the front and under the arm of the jersey, which Rapha says allows for “effective temperature regulation”. However, to provide support for loaded pockets – the jersey has five pockets in total – he has designed a new waistband which he claims provides “pocket stability”. Other details include a ¾ zip on the men’s jersey and a full zip on the women’s jersey.
Both shirts retail for £200/US$275 and come in a range of colours. The Pro Team Crit jersey is available now and the Pro Team Gravel jersey goes on sale June 21. For more information, visit rapha.cc (opens in a new tab).
Adidas creates a road shoe with BOA closure and recycled materials
BOA dials have become synonymous with cycling shoes. Easy to use with the ability to fine tune your fit mid-ride, there’s a lot to like. Adidas seems to think so too, with the launch of its Parley Road Cycling BOA shoe – the first of its cycling shoes to feature a dial.
The shoe combines a sock-like fabric upper with a fiberglass-reinforced midsole to create a shoe that Adidas says will provide “all-day comfort.” The ripstop synthetic upper is made from 50% Parley Ocean plastic and 50% recycled polyester, while the pull-on sock is made from the brand’s Primeknit material.
“The Parley Road Shoe BOA is one of the most exciting moments in our history in cycling,” said Matthew Fielding, director of global brands for Adidas. “It represents our connection to cycling communities around the world and our shared ambition to help end plastic waste.” The shoe is being released as part of a Parley capsule collection which also includes a jersey and bib shorts.
The Parley Road Shoe comes in what Adidas describes as Hazy Emerald/Cloud White/Utility Green. Fans of the brand’s signature three stripes will be pleased to know that they feature prominently on the shoe.
The Adidas Parley road shoe is priced at 170/180 euros. For more details visit adidas.co.uk (opens in a new tab)
Salice welcomes summer with two new pairs of sunglasses
Italian brand Salice make helmets and goggles and have released two new pairs of sunglasses for the summer months: the 026 and the 027.
We’re already big fans of the Salice 022 and you can find out more in our guide to the best cycling glasses. (opens in a new tab).
Described by Salice as “technical and modern yet extremely versatile”, the 026 features a contemporary-looking shape that should provide ample coverage from sun, debris and insects. Salice says the shape has also been designed to provide full panoramic vision as well as allowing “perfect airflow to prevent annoying fogging”.
The frames are made from an impact-resistant fabric called Grilamid which Salice has combined with non-slip rubber, to deliver what he describes as “maximum performance and reliability”. While we can’t back up these claims without testing, it’s encouraging that Salice offers the 026 in two sizes, a small and a regular, which should help provide a better fit on a range of face shapes and sizes.
As for the lens, each pair of goggles comes with two interchangeable offerings: mirror and amber for different lighting conditions. Each lens is scratch resistant and comes with a water and dust repellent guarantee.
While opting for numbers rather than names makes the Salice shades feel rather utilitarian, they come in nine different colors, which should make pairing your kit pretty straightforward.
The 027 also has a modern shape, with full coverage and what Salice describes as a “multi-directional ventilation system” that allows the lens to “breathe”. Frame material and performance are the same as the 026, with nine color options including a striking combination of black and gold. The replacement lens however is clear rather than orange and the 027 is not offered in the smaller size.
The 026 and 027 both have an RRP of £89.85 – which is very competitive against the big brands, and something we pointed out when reviewing the 022s.
Find out more at salice.co.uk (opens in a new tab)