POWER METERS: 4III PRECISION 105 R7000
4iii’s Precision power meter comes in a user-friendly crank arm package that makes transferring between bikes easy peasy. When we reviewed it earlier this year we found it to be accurate and consistent, lightweight and easy to maintain. If you have an Ultegra or Dura-Ace gruppo on your bike you’re also in luck as this will fit perfectly.
The Canadian brand is well respected, having partnered with teams including Lotto-Soudal, Tibco, EF Education since its 2015 launch. It also makes power meters for Specialized for use by the Quick Step team. Despite all that, this is a budget friendly item, and with today’s deals, even more so. Grab them while they’re hot!
For more power meter options, check out our guide to the Best Power Meters of 2022.
GARMIN INSTINCT SMARTWATCH
If you’re after something a little more versatile to complement the Garmin that fits on your handlebars – why not consider the Garmin that fits on your wrist? The GPS giant makes a wide range of smartwatches, and among those the Instinct certainly stands out. Rugged looks with mil-grade build quality to match, a large range of colours and even solar powered options mean you won’t struggle to find one to your liking.
In the sea of garish AMOLED screen smartwatches, the Instinct stands out for its old-school always-on monochrome screen, which is still sunlight-readable and offers various watch face options in its armoury.
The Instinct can take just about any sporting activity in its stride, including, of course, cycling. Anyone taking a gravel or cyclocross bike off-road can feel especially confident that the Instinct will stand up to almost anything the wilderness can throw at it. And there are more – check out our Best Cycling Smartwatches for 2022 guide.
If you absolutely positively cannot ride without that terrible hair metal you like blasting into you skull then these are a great investment.
Bone conducting headphones leave your lugholes free to pick up the sounds around you so they’re an ideal solution for longer rides where you will want to hear what is going on around you. They’re highly waterproof with IP67 certification and they boast 8 hours of battery life.
The AfterShokz Aeropex seem to be going cheap because they’ve been rebranded as a Shokz OpenRun, but they’re as good as they’ve ever been, they just have different lettering on the side.
Don’t take our word for it. Cycling Weekly online editor Michelle Arthurs-Brennan rushed out and got a pair herself with her own money when the PR people at Shokz demanded she send back her test pair – nice try Michelle.
The rest of the CW office is grateful we no longer have to listen to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing on repeat.
Renowned for their Gabba, Castelli’s Perfetto RoS Long sleeve Jersey weather protection is ideal for any race or tour.
Using GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER® 205 Warm fabric around the front areas provides extreme water resistance and wind blocking to protect you from those early winter chills. Light-weight and race-fitted keeping you at peak performance through autumn training one that competes with the Best winter cycling jackets
CATEYE AMPP 400 & VIZ 150 BIKE LIGHT SET
As we move towards winter visibility on the roads becomes even more of an important issue.
Whether you need to be seen on your early morning training ride or your commute home from work, a reliable and bright set of bike lights are a huge must have for every cyclist.
The CatEye AMPP 400 and VIZ 150 have a variety of features that make them stand out from the crowd.
Take advantage of Amazon’s excellent offer on the CatEye light setup now.
BEST WINTER CYCLING TIGHTS – REVIEWED AND RATED
There are huge amounts of great deals available on the market today for a whole variety of products.
However we’re now into Autumn and Winter isn’t too far away. With that in mind, you may be on the look out for a new pair of winter cycling tights for your winter training efforts or just your commute to the office.
Check out the best bib tights for cycling that are available on the market today. Our experts have even gone to the trouble of reviewing and rating them all for you.
LE COL PRO AERO LONG SLEEVE JERSEY
Le Col jerseys are always of outstanding quality and this one is no different.
Made in Italy, the long sleeve jersey in the UK based brands Pro Aero range is available in a smart black colourway complete with the same engineered aerodynamics as their equivalent in the short sleeve summer range.
Just because temperatures are beginning to fall, it doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice aerodynamic gains.
CASTELLI SQUADRA STRETCH JACKET – UP TO 45% OFF
As the Autumn weather hits in the coming weeks, you may be on the look out for a reliable light jacket that will keep the wind chill off as you build towards winter training.
Before you think about the best winter cycling jackets on the market, you should consider the Castelli Squadra for your Autumn training this year.
Castelli products are always some of the very best and the Squadra jacket is no different.
The coated ripstop nylon in the main body of the jacket and on the front of the sleeves will help provide protection when the cold wind really starts to bite. The ventilation panels on the sides of the jacket are stretchy to enable freedom of movement despite the close, aero fit.
As we head towards winter and temperatures start dropping further and further, it is time to start thinking about gloves. Not just any gloves, but the kind that really wraps your fingers up and ensures your extremities stay warm.
It is worth taking our look at our guide on the best winter cycling gloves so you can compare all the different types, but you cannot go wrong with Sealskinz. They are hard-wearing and 100% waterproof, and are not designed specifically for cyclists, but are used by many as their deep winter gloves.
Making sure that your hands stay dry as well as warm is crucial, especially if you live in a country with such changeable weather conditions as the UK. Paired with the best winter cycling jacket, once you’ve made the investment, you’ll wonder how you survived for so long without a pair of perfect handwarmers.
Everyone needs inner tubes, so why not save on them
Unless you are a convert to a tubeless setup, you will definitely need inner tubes on whichever bike you choose to ride today. Inner tubes are a bit like books to me, you can always do with buying more, so getting them in while they’re on sale.
It is worth taking our look at the guide to all the different kinds of inner tubes, as it can be a bit overwhelming, even if you are a seasoned rider. It’s one of those bits of cycling equipment that looks simple and standardised. But there is far more to the cycling inner tube than meets the eye.
It’s also worth taking a look at our helpful manual on how to fix a puncture and mend an inner tube, to make sure you get home from a ride safe and sound.
These ones below are inner tubes with long valves, to fit in with bikes with deeper aero rims, but you can obviously get standard shorter ones too!
Save on recovery
“Train hard, recover harder.”
We may know the adage but our practice could probably use a bit of attention.
Recovery is the key to your on-the-bike improvement and enjoyment, whether you’re actively racing, training for your first century or simply, riding for health and pleasure.
A consistent riding routine should be paired with an even more consistent recovery routine, to prevent injury and soothe and repair your sore muscles. This routine should include things like stretching or yoga, proper nutrition, foam rolling, massages if you can get them, and, of course, sleep!
To help you get the tools you need for your post-ride recovery routine and to become your own personal masseuse, we’ve rounded up some of the best Amazon Prime Day deals on rest day essentials.
The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling and the days are getting shorter. Indoor riding season is upon us once more. Whether you’re looking to join the Zwift craze or just trying to keep your fitness up in the darker months, turbo trainers are an excellent way to get a good workout in without having to venture outside.
Save big on Camelbak hydration packs
For gravel biking, endurance cycling or bikepacking, the logistics around hydration becomes a bit more challenging than simply slapping two full bidons on your bike.
This type of riding often takes place in remote locations with long stretches in between cities or access to potable water. This where hydration packs allow you to not only carry more water, they’re also a convenient way to keep your water dust and dirt free.
Up to 50% off on Oakley Sunglasses
Oakley is one of the biggest eyewear brands in the worlds, and they’re a popular go-to option for cyclists, helped of course by the fact that about half the pro peloton wears them.
The American brand has been around since 1947 and have long developed a reputation for producing high end, performance-oriented sunglasses (and helmets) with a distinct look — just think back to the large, ski-goggle resembling sunnies made iconic by Greg LeMond in 1985.
While well-rated, Oakley glasses due tend to come at a premium price, however, so score these heavily discounted items while you can!
Bidons, or water bottles, are an everyday essential item for cyclists. Keeping them clean and dry is just as essential but, let’s be honest, often neglected. Bottle cleaning and drying products are not necessarily things often stocked at cycling stores. Instead, you’ll have to turn to the baby industry.
Infants and toddlers are the biggest users of bottles after all, and from sterilization to drying racks, this is where you’ll find entire lines of bottle-related products.
Among them are the handy-dandy Boon Lawn Drying Racks, which are a longtime favorite of ours.
The flexible plastic “grass” blades securely hold multiple water bottles and lids at a time while the tray below catches any dripping water. They’re perfect for airing out your water bottles after you’ve washed or rinsed them.
They’re available in various sizes and colors to suit your kitchen counter top.
A bike lock might not be the most exciting item to spend your money on, but sadly bike theft is not uncommon and a good quality lock is an effective deterrent. The locks featured here are not only on sale, they’re lightweight and portable so you won’t have any excuses not to bring them along.
These small but mighty devices will give you ease of mind when you pop into a shop of café mid- or post-ride.
We’ve tested a variety of bike locks, both small and heavy-duty, so be sure to also check out our recommendations.
Yes, we are aware that cleats aren’t the flashiest of products – you probably won’t win any admiring comments once you’ve fitted them for your next group ride (although depending on how worn you let your previous set get, there is still a chance!)
But despite them not being as flashy as a new set of shoes, cleats are a consumable that you will be wearing through – so picking up a couple of sets early on a discount will pay dividends down the line, once your current set does wear out.
Perhaps not what your mind immediatly leaps to when considering how best to increase your on-the-bike performance – but the truth is that you’ll often make bigger gains developing your fitness than replacing components on your bike.
A simplified description of how training and exercise effect the body is that, during your hard sessions, you’re breaking down your muscle tissue. While you rest and recover, your body supercompensates when building those muscles back up – which is how you then get stronger.
But for that supercompensation to happen effectively, you need to make sure your body is provided with the necessary building blocks – that’s a healthy dosing of protein (around 20g per serving) and a full compliment of colourful fruit and veg. And this is where investing in a quality blender can help you out!
Rapha appears to be having a bit of an off-road shoe clear out, with impressive money off both of it’s rugged footwear offerings, ideal for gravel and adventure riding.
There’s free standard delivery to be had too, so a decent no-Amazon deal offering.
When we looked there were lots of colour and sizes still to go at, but suspect that will reduce over time, so head over soon if you are thinking of adding these to your shopping basket.
Gravel round up
The recent UCI Gravel world champs caused much debate across the cycling community. Whether you’re in to the competition aspect of the newest discipline, or not, if you dabble in gravel you can still benefit from the professionalisation behind the sport.
With the growing popularity of gravel riding, and the demands of high end performance comes competition. This mean that there’s now a ready supply of bargains to be had, and the Amazon Prime Day exclusive can be a great opportunity to pick some of the up.
If you’ve been inspired to give gravel riding a go, we’ve got loads of information, helpful hints and tips on how to get started. Including the best budget gravel bikes to help get you started.
If you’re not sure about diving fully in to gravel, or think you might struggle to keep off road all ride, we spotted this great option from Orro, available in both the US and UK. It looks to be a perfect option as a do all bike for a decent price.
First up are the some of the best gravel bike shoes , They’re an oldie but a goodie in the form of the Fizik Terra X5 cycling shoes, which we really like.
We’ve not ridden the Shimano XC3 SPD Shoes, but we’re fans of the shoes, if finding them a little function over form at times, but the price makes these a great option.
Cycling has a unique relationship with coffee. Most obviously it gives us a boost – both a real one to our performance, demonstrated by science (opens in new tab), and a psychological one.
But there’s much more to it than that. Coffee is part of cycling culture. Espresso is just as vital a component of bike riding as Campagnolo is. Nobody knows exactly how and why it all started, but it certainly has a lot to do with Italy.
Just as cyclists’ enthusiasm for beautiful bikes can border on the obsessive, it’s the same with their coffee. The perfect espresso has to flow like twin jets of dark treacle into the cup – not too quickly – crowned with a layer of velvety, golden crema. It has to balance bitterness, acidity and sweetness when tasted.
Getting your espresso exactly right when you’re at home rather than at the cafe stop is the next step. You can go down the capsules route, which is a cost effective and more foolproof way to a quality espresso, or you can go full barista and brew it from scratch.
These models from De’Longhi and Krups are great examples of both ways – and they’re at great prices too!
In the last post we focussed on winter jackets and the need for both a lightweight, adaptable number to get you through shoulder season and something more substantial for when it gets really cold. The latter requires a pair of winter bib tights to match, ensuring that your lower half is as well protected as the top.
There are a huge range of bibs tights to choose from but Gore’s C5 Thermo tights are certainly equipped to handle a significant drop in temperature, using its own Windstopper fabric to help keep you warm.
Now’s a great time to find them at a reduced price, ensuring that in a month or two you’ll be ready for whatever the weather can throw at you.
It’s that time of year when we need to start thinking about our winter cycling wardrobe. A lightweight jacket that can protect you against the elements while still allowing you to breathe is close to essential in that period before it gets truly cold and we have to dig out our heavyweight winter jackets.
Here at Cycling Weekly we’ve learnt to trust – and value – Gore-Tex’s Infinium fabric, which does all those things and does them very well. Gore’s Phantom jacket uses the tried-and-tested fabric and also has the bonus of removable sleeves for those days when the weather can’t quite make its mind up, making this a little more versatile than many of the other best waterproof cycling jackets.
Here are a couple of deals that’ll enable you to pick up this cool weather staple for far less than it’s usual retail price.
It wouldn’t be a sales event without at least a few discounts on Continental tyres. When they first landed four years ago in 2018, they were an immediate hit – and in the years since, the number and variety of models sold has just kept on multiplying!
You can get them in widths of 23 to 32mm; three different sidewall colours; tube type, tubeless for hooked rims, tubeless for hookless rims; and there’s also a TT version that’s supposed to be even faster, too.
It makes it a little hard to know which deals are the best to hunt out, but we’ve presented a small selection for you here. If you’d like to dig into how the GP5000s stack up against their competition, you can find our guide to the best summer road tyres here.
We’ve been roundly impressed by Fizik shoes here at Cycling Weekly, with their models ranking highly across our many cycling shoe reviews. It’s worth being aware that many of Fizik’s higher end models (like the ones below) do run a little narrow.
For many the shoes are perfect, but for some, they will be better served by a brand such as Lake which has a good range in wider toe boxes. You can find more detail in our guide to the best road cycling shoes over here.
First up we’ve got some big hitters from Garmin’s smartwatch range. Whether you’re a multidisciplinarian (perhaps harbouring a penchant for both swimming and running…), a dedicated cyclocrosser who doesn’t want to swap head units between bikes, or just after more granular fitness tracking data – there’s no shortage of reasons to be coveting them!
Over in the USA, there’s a good discount on the already value oriented Forerunner 245 Music model, whilst in the UK the all-singing all-dancing Fenix 6 Pro has had a chunk knocked off.
To see how they stack up against the rest of the best smartwatches for cycling, you can check out our buyer’s guide here.