Some gadgets elicit a hmm or a gentle nod. And some are greeted with an “OMG that’s amazing where did you get that?” The Slicks Suit25 bag is one such a product.
With the increase in commuting cyclists (and London has launched a large cycle hire scheme, which is slowly extending across the capital so their numbers are set to increase) it’s not so uncommon to see chaps awkwardly trying to negotiate cycle lanes with a suit bag – or trying to ride along London’s filthy streets and keep their “whistle and flute” clean.
The Slicks Suit25, with more pockets than a pool table, amazingly allows you to fit a whole suit into a specially designed cycling backpack. Hailing from Switzerland, the Suit25 is a 25 litre backpack with straps and handles designed to be held as a side bag or as a backpack.
The Suit25 folds open to reveal a full size suit holder (which is frankly amazing) and there is a separate compartment for your shoes. If this wasn’t enough (and it is to be honest) there is a special compartment for your laptop (or tablet if you are that way inclined) making it an amazingly versatile device. On top of that there are some built in visibility strips for night time cycling and a rain cover. I think I’m in love.
James Bond walking out of the ocean, stripping off his SCUBA suit and having a tuxedo on is a pretty amazing image. James Bond peddling up and pulling out a neatly folded 3-piece out of a Suit25 wouldn’t be quite as iconic but would still be a pretty amazing scene in the next 007 film (you read it here first).
It’s a little bit heavy (about 2.4kg) even before you load all your suit, shoes, locks and cycling paraphernalia – but if you are cycling across town to work anyway you can probably take the weight.
With summer well and truly here, it’s the perfect time to dust off your bike and get back in the saddle with these awesome accessories.
Garmin Edge 305 GPS Bike Computer – R.R.P £259.99
A nifty little device that doubles as a GPS system and personal trainer, the Garmin Edge 305 is easy to use and comes with its own bike mount. The computer measures a variety of stats, including distance, speed, time, altitude, heart rate and calories burned. With a personal trainer function, it doubles as a virtual cycling partner and will map specific ‘courses’ to let you race against your best time. Able to detect your location even in challenging terrain, you’ll never have to take a map break again.
Archos Helmet Cam – R.R.P £169.99
Complete with built-in remote and microphone, the Archos Helmet Cam is the perfect way to record extreme stunts and journeys. The compact, light-weight camera fits onto the top of your helmet and comes with its own head band. For cyclists on a budget, cheaper models include the Actioncam Action Video Camera (R.R.P £39.99) and the OregonScientific ATC3K Action Camera Extreme (R.R.P £99.99).
Oakley RAZRWIRE Bluetooth enabled sunglasses – R.R.P around £150
Oakley are famous for making classy eyewear but now they’ve gone one step further and produced these Bluetooth enabled sunglasses, meaning you can answer calls with the press of a button and chat while you ride. The headset works up to 33 feet away from your mobile and, if your handset has voice-activated dialling, you can call someone on the go without having to look for your phone. The wireless technology promotes freedom of movement and the glasses are also available with prescription lenses.
Winkku Cycle Safety Mirror and Indicator Light – R.R.P £20
Every cyclist knows the perils of the right-hand turn. Holding your arm out in the path of an oncoming car and hoping any vehicles behind have noticed you is not an appealing prospect. Thankfully, the days of wobbling all over the middle of the road are over with Winkku’s indicator lights. Designed to fit onto the end of your handlebars, the lights serve as a rear view mirror and indicator so you can see who’s behind you and let them know where you’re going while maintaining your balance (and dignity).