Within the Drops: Wera’s do-it-all instrument pouch, fancy new Specialised S-Works Turbo tyres, posh package from Albion, and yoga

Within the Drops: Wera’s do-it-all instrument pouch, fancy new Specialised S-Works Turbo tyres, posh package from Albion, and yoga

Given its truncated begin, this week at Bicycle owner hasn’t been breaking any data when it comes to content material amount however you may relaxation assured that content material high quality has remained as excessive as ever.

We kicked the week off with an exciting account of a current Bicycle owner Large Journey in Switzerland, during which we rode alongside a jaw-dropping dam and previous a helmeted Tyrannosaurus rex. Sure, you learn that proper.

Elsewhere, we seemed again at this yr’s Tour de France motion, recounting the Tour de France Femmes from the attitude of FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope whereas Specialised and Roval stored us busy with information of latest Rapide CL II wheels and an overhauled S-Works Turbo tyre line-up (extra on these under).

We additionally marvelled at Biniam Girmay’s gorgeous customized painted Dice for the world champs and did a deep dive on gravel bike gearing. That’s not all for tech – to spherical out the week we’ll have some juicy information dwell at lunchtime right now, so make sure to examine again later to get the news.

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Albion ABR1 Pocket bib shorts and jersey

When you’ve tried bib shorts with pockets, you’ll ask your self why they’re not the default choice – they’re so very helpful.

So it goes for Albion’s ABR1 Pocket bib shorts, which characteristic storage on each legs and on the rear. Pleasant.


They’re additionally very properly put along with a premium Elastic Interface chamois and so they make use of recycled materials – 80% for the primary half, 73% for the mesh apparently.


The matching quick sleeve jersey (pictured right here in ‘botanical inexperienced’) is a traditional, racy choice with the regulation three rear pockets, plus a helpful zippered safety one for valuables. Its cloth is claimed to be 84% recycled polyester.

Albion gives a £25 low cost should you purchase an entire outfit by the way, and naturally there are each males’s and ladies’s variations of those items.

Net editor Matthew is modelling measurement XS males’s package right here and sure, naturally he’s driving his Specialised S-Works Aethos. Unbearable, proper?

Specialised S-Works Turbo 2BR tyres


The brand new S-Works Turbo 2BR appears to me just like the candy spot in Specialised’s lately revamped S-Works Turbo tyre vary, with the model positioning it as a high-performance tubeless tyre powerful sufficient for on a regular basis use.

That’s compared to the S-Works Turbo RapidAir, which is a race-specific (learn: mild and supple, however most likely fairly fragile) various, and the S-Works Turbo, which is a tube-type model for these caught up to now.


Consider it or not Specialised’s first ever product was a tyre, and the class has remained a well-regarded half the bike model’s portfolio ever since. This explicit Turbo vary overhaul is a crucial one in its historical past because it makes use of a ‘Gripton’ rubber compound with a wholly new recipe.

Dubbed T2/T5, the brand new Gripton is Silica-based dual-compound design that Specialised claims is gripper and quicker rolling, but extra cut-resistant and sturdy too.


The Turbo 2BR tyre is available in 26, 28, 30mm sizes and crucially, relatively tasteful tan-wall choices too, however my favorite additional characteristic is that the packaging particulars how broad the tyres will inflate to at 100psi on completely different rim widths. Extra of this sensible data please, bike trade.

Wera Instruments Bicycle Set 3 Ratchet, Screwdriver and Socket set


Wera won’t be the primary instrument model that springs to thoughts within the bicycle realm however that doesn’t imply it needs to be discounted.

Wera makes an enormous vary of instruments which might be extensively regarded, within the bike trade and past, to be exceptionally well-made.

The German model’s Bicycle Set 3 is working example. Its compact type accommodates the instruments to safe all of the fasteners you may anticipate finding on an everyday bicycle, and most in and round the home too.


Alongside an expansive array of finely machined bits and sockets, the provider homes a mini-driver, mini-ratchet, tyre levers and a quick-release bit extension chuck.

The sturdy nylon pouch even holds a separate ratchet provider so you may siphon off a extra refined number of bits to make use of with the ratchet and nonetheless carry them neatly.


It’s a preset 5Nm torque sleeve away from being a workshop you may home in your belt, because the pouch even has a clip for that too.

What we’re into this week: Yoga


Picture credit score: MediaNews Group/Orange County Register by way of Getty Pictures

I’ve solely dipped my toe into yoga only recently so I’m but to pattern the curious delights of the goat-based variant within the image above, however the little I’ve achieved has had me questioning what I’ve been lacking.

As a eager bicycle owner that does little else when it comes to bodily conditioning, the steadiness of my parts of health (anybody that did GSCE-level PE will know that there are 11) is hopelessly lopsided, being geared (sorry) much more in direction of points reminiscent of cardiovascular health and muscular endurance than flexibility and steadiness.

Due to this fact, I’ve undertaken a course of yoga in an try and redress my at the moment imbalanced bodily state and I’ve been pleasantly stunned.

The apply gives a novel mix of exertion and invigoration that I hadn’t beforehand appreciated, which means it has rapidly morphed from one thing I do know I needs to be doing into one thing I actively wish to be doing.

The very best bit is, YouTube has innumerable child-friendly tutorials so my new interest isn’t even a egocentric endeavour. Though I can’t faux I’m not miffed that my two-year-old daughter and six-year-old son are already much better than I’m at many of the routines we full collectively.

Albion package picture credit score: Patrik Lundin

Specialised tyre picture credit score: Matthew Loveridge

Wera instrument picture credit score: Sam Challis 

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