Everything You Need To Ride Like Chris Froome

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With the success of Team GB on the international stage and Britain's stars setting the pace in the Tour de France, it's boom time for cycling. By adopting cutting edge technology and bleeding-edge science, the world has seen just how exciting the sport can be. But all the innovation hasn't just been for the pros, now the top tech is trickling down, helping us mere mortals take on road cycling in a way we never thought possible.

Anyone can access lightweight carbon fibre bikes, smart tracking technology and even advanced bike sensors, that not too long ago was reserved for professionals only.
 
So if you’re considering starting cycling or already ride but want to improve, here's some performance-enhancing cycling kit that can help...
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Power Metres

Tracking cycling data is an all-important part of improving performance. While using GPS for speed and distance, or tracking your heart rate with a hear rate monitor is great, the ultimate measure of cycling effort is power, measured using a watt power metre.

Most watt power metres, like the highly-rated Stages Dura-Ace 9000, can be attached to the bike’s pedals or cranks in order to determine the pressure placed on them. The result is a measure of raw power, in watts. Since this doesn’t vary based on fitness or weight, it’s a universal measure. This allows riders to find their perfect level of power to maintain and beat in order to improve performance. 
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Recon Jet Heads-Up Display

Since most cyclists need to wear glasses anyway, why not put a screen in them? That’s exactly what Recon has done with its Jet glasses. Riders can easily see all their important data in the corner of their vision, much like a fighter pilot does with a heads up display, while still concentrating on the road ahead.

Metrics like pace, distance and speed can be displayed simultaneously on the screen and it even detects when you’re looking, so the screen is brightened for reading. It then dulls when you’re focusing on the road to save battery. This nifty gadget also features a camera for photos and video while you’re on the move and pairs with your phone so you can take calls while you're climbing those hills. 
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Rollers

Bike rollers are, as the name suggests, a set of rolling units that any racing bike can sit on. Unlike a resistance-based cycle unit that the rear wheel clips into, rolling units also work your balance. Yup, you’re wobbling about on these rollers initially with only your core to keep you upright.

It takes a little getting used to, but ultimately pays off as it means you get the reward of a stronger core along with a good training ride – even if it's bucketing down outside.
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Electric Kit Adapter

If you want tech to make you a better cyclist, you won’t find a more literal example than an electric kit adapter. You can actually attach a kit to your bike that will allow it to be driven by an electric motor and battery, just like an expensive electric assist bike. Since electric bikes are pricey and many people already own a bike, these kits are a compelling offer.

Ok, so these aren't going to make you Chris Froome anytime soon but they are ideal for commuters or those who have to deal with a lot of hills, they’re also great for anybody who likes the idea of giving cycling a go but without the worry of too much struggle. 
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Garmin Edge 820 GPS Cycle Computer

While there are now plenty of phone apps offering cycling metrics, it's still hard to beat a computer from a well established brand such as Garmin. The Garmin Edge cycling GPS computers are near-perfect and while there are many to choose from, the latest Edge 820 offers myriad features.

From full colour maps for route planning to tracking tools to locate your cycling mates, the Edge 820 has lots to offer. It’ll even track your health data and has Strava built in .
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Strava App

Before the Strava app arrived, cyclists had to pay a premium for a computer that could measure routes, offer maps and compare efforts with others. Strava now does all this and more on a smartphone.

The Strava app also allows cyclists in its community to mark out routes and set times, which others can try to beat. As a result this has become an international platform that turns otherwise boring stretches of road into competitive tracks that help push riders further. 

While the app is free there are plenty of accessories you can add to make it better, like a bluetooth  heart rate monitor that works with your phone.
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Looking for More Brilliant Bike Accessories?

If Chris Froome has  inspired you to get out on two wheels, make sure you've got these essential pieces of cycling kit and check out our ideas for customising your bike.
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