What with it being Friday, named after Frigg, wife of Odin, it’s time for another edition of In the Drops, named after drop, of handlebar and product release slang fame, so let’s round up.
Some weeks are bigger than others and despite this one being a fairly regular one for most – outside of Hancock, Musk, Southgate and the like – for little old Cyclist it has been jam-packed with a tasty spread of #content.
This week we began a daily series of pieces focussed on environmental issues to mark COP27, that has included the environmental impact of steel frames and riding your bike, and the work of Trash Free Trails and Gino Mäder.
We’ve also had Rapha’s new jersey/jacket/thing, tech editor Sam Challis’s correct opinion on bike bags, the story behind deputy editor James Spender’s custom Cyclist Thread bike, a really good interview with Kevin Wolfson from Firefly Bicycles, and a guide on how to get more aero on the bike.
Black Friday is coming up and there are actually some Very Good Deals, including up to 20% off Hunt wheels and a Shimano 105 groupset for £300.
You can win a Castelli Alpha RoS 2 winter jacket too.
Now it’s time for Woody’s the product round-up, and this week there is a theme.
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Nu-Vel Move trousers
This year I’ve been on a quest to find casual-looking clothes that can actually hold up when worn on the bike, because getting changed at the office is not for me and sitting in a puddle of sweat is not good.
The Nu-Vel Move trousers couldn’t have come to me at a better time as my jeans – which clocked up many miles this year – are on the cusp of exposing me mid-ride.
I’ve had my eye on these for a while and they didn’t disappoint. They look like nice trousers that could be either formal or casual, but they’re packed with features to make them a commuter’s dream.
They’ve got a four-way stretch and a tapered fit, so can keep up with the demands of riding, and are incredibly comfortable. They’re water-repellent, because you will commute in the rain.
They’ve got normal pockets and hidden zip pockets behind them, a drawcord so you don’t need to wear a belt (but can if you want thanks to the loops) and reflective details.
One review online by ‘Toby’ says they’re ‘comfy as pyjamas, smart enough for work’ and I couldn’t put it better.
- Buy now from Nu-Vel (£90)
MAAP Thermal Pro Fleece jacket
From my new favourite trousers to my new favourite jumper. Australian brand MAAP has made this fleece for part of its ‘Transit’ collection and I’m a big fan of the aesthetic, but it’s packed with technical details too.
It’s made with Polartec material with different internal and external textures for breathability and heat regulation, has an elasticated neck and waistband, and is lightweight.
Alongside two open side pockets are a pair of zip pockets, one on the front and one on the back, because cycling.
I’ve not worn it on the bike yet, but it is very comfortable – it’s made to be oversized so if that’s not your thing then sizing down is recommended – and isn’t too breathable that it makes you cold, I still haven’t turned the heating on.
Plus it looks cool.
- Buy now from MAAP (£180)
Altura Grid Parka waterproof jacket
No, Liam Gallagher has not taken over Altura, this is actually the most cycling-y product of the lot here, it’s basically just a longer waterproof jacket and has a hood and pockets.
Made for commuting, it does have the look of a normal parka, but it’s waterproof and breathable, with DWR coating and taped teams as well as pit zips for venting.
It’s rated 10K/10K, which means it should withstand 10,000mm of rain per square inch and is able to release 10,000g of water vapour per square metre.
It’s not as tight a fit as normal cycling jackets, so wearing it over normal clothes – or semi-normal like the above – won’t look silly, and the length means it better covers your back from splashes while there’s an opening at the bottom for better movement and reflectivity. Who needs a Win-Wing?
There are also pockets on the sides as well as a chest pocket – all zipped – for keeping valuables secure.
- Buy now from Altura (£155)
What we’re into this week: Playlist #10
After a small one last time out, my new music playlist for this edition of In the Drops is rather large.
Sitting at 52 tracks at the time of writing – I might cut a few to make it easier to get through – it’s packed with new releases that have caught my ears in the last month or so.
Personal favourites include Rips in Jeans by Niko B, Dreams by Willie J Healey, What’s Your Poison? by Finn Foxell, Night Life by Keatsu and Poor Petal, Closer by Sorry and Everything Eventually Ends by L’Impératrice and Rejjie Snow.
There are also new songs by Arctic Monkeys, The 1975 and Loyle Carner.
Hope you enjoy, I’ll be back with the final In the Drops of 2022, aren’t I lucky?