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Reebok SelectRide

Reebok SelectRide Shoes are like so many other mod-cons – they may have several related uses – but a running shoe is still a running shoe and going ice skating in cycling shoes is not recommended. But for those of us who want a shoe that blurs the edges between gym workouts and running workouts, Reebok has developed a system it calls SelectRide.

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Bamboo Bike

Renovo bamboo bikes How humbling. It may be that carbon, the 21st century’s performance material of choice, still doesn’t beat one of the oldest building materials around – wood – for sheer performance. In what is something of an anti-Renaissance, Renovo Hardwood Bicyles is one of several retro-progressive bike builders turning to wood.

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Capestorm Nitros

Capestorm Nitros Some cycling shorts have thin chamois pads that cushion the essential bits and allow you to run in them. The Nitros isn’t one of these. Or at least, it isn’t one I’d willingly take as a primary short to a run/bike event. The padding is too plush and the moulded pad too aggressively contoured to feel comfortable walking or running off the bike.

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New Balance MT910

New Balance MT910 New Balance MT910 is the technical trail shoe touted to provide the best cushioning and stability available for the offroad enthusiast. It is built on the company’s new PL1 last, that has been well accepted in their elite NBx road shoes.

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Pope’s Canoe Explorer

Pope’s Canoe Explorer The Explorer is a super-stable big volume boat for novice to intermediate paddlers. It is a local re-interpretation of the International Canoe Federation’s Vital, used to teach beginners. A semi-flat bottom means it’s good at turning without spilling out its occupants. The Explorer, like the Yetti, also made by Pope’s, is an ideal multisport boat.

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New Balance 1064

New Balance 1064 One of the best neutral training shoes of 2009 was the 1063, with its generous Abzorb midsole cushioning and comfortable upper.

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Petzl Ultra Belt

Petzl Ultra Belt This is the big daddy of head-mounted lights and the brightest Petzl has ever produced. It’s aimed at someone looking for easy portable light and lots of it. The Ultra also suits high-speed applications such as mountain biking where it assists in spotting potholes trying to sneak up on you.

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Giro Prolight

Giro Prolight The Prolight made its debut last summer with Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and several other world class riders. Using rider feedback from the world’s toughest bike race helped Giro put the final touches on their lightest race helmet yet. The Prolight weighs a mere 172 grams for a size medium CE‐certified version and 195 grams for a size medium CPSC‐ certified version.

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Fraunhofer seatpost

Fraunhofer seatpost Carbon-fibre composite materials or CFRP (carbon-fibre reinforced plastic) have become common on bikes over the last five years, especially on frames. Companies are dabbling in other areas of the bike now, using CFRP largely to improve comfort.

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