OSMO Acute Recovery
After rest, proper nutrition and hydration are some of the most effective means of recovery from a training or racing session. Each 90-calorie serving (when mixed with water) of Osmo Acute Recovery has six grams of carbs and 15 grams of a fast-acting whey protein, plus a long-lasting casein protein, which together are claimed to enhance recovery. Osmo also puts just a bit of caffeine in this solution to help speed glycogen replacement.
After challenging rides, we opted for two scoops with the specified amount of water, and we made sure to give our bottle a thorough shake so the Acute Recovery was completely dissolved. We never noticed any clumping, and the vanilla taste was mild and mixed well with water or almond milk.
Squirt Chain Lube
Keeping bike drivetrains running smoothly saves watts and prolongs the life of wearable parts. Squirt Chain Lube is a biodegradable emulsion, which means it binds to and stays on your chain and won't collect dirt, further reducing friction and wear. After Squirt is applied--following the instructions for optimal performance--your shifting will be fast and smooth, and your chain will look new, even hundreds of miles after application. So pro!
Chamois Butt'r's new coconut anti-chafe application isn't just for avoiding and easing saddle discomfort; you can use it anywhere you experience chafing. Apply Chamois Butt'r directly to your skin or to your chamois. No greasy residue means it doesn't have a heavy feel, and it comes out of clothing easily. Chamois Butt'r is a certified organic product.
Picky Performance Granola--PB&J All Day
As a pre-ride breakfast option, we can't get enough of Picky Performance PB&J All Day Performance granola. The peanut-y goodness comes through from the first bite to the last, and the hints of berry complemented this tasty, familiar flavor combo. We appreciated the gluten-, dairy- and soy-free ingredients that keep our guts happy, even when we ride our bikes immediately after eating.
Garmin Speed Sensor 2
If you're looking for additional accuracy for your GPS bike computer when riding outdoors, or want to get a better measure of "distance" when you're riding indoors, the Garmin Speed Sensor 2 is just the thing. The electronics are securely housed in an easy-to-fasten silicone band and will pair with any ANT+ or BTLE device--a bike computer, wearable GPS or directly with your mobile phone. Powered by a standard CR2032 battery, this little device has an on-board LED that indicates pairing status, battery strength and if it's awake.
Lezyne Femto USB Drive Pair
If you want a small but powerful way to illuminate your bike so you're seen while riding in low-light conditions, the Lezyne Femto USB Drive Pair checks all the boxes. With a full charge, Lezyne claims up to 20 hours of runtime for the headlight and 15 hours for the taillight. The body comes in four different color options and is secured to your bike by a heavy-duty elastic band.
Silca Latex Tube
The most cost-effective upgrade you can make to your bike is installing latex tubes. Silca latex tubes will decrease your tires' rolling resistance, offer a smoother ride and are less prone to pinch flats than butyl tubes. For tires 24mm to 30mm; 42mm stem.
Cycle Glide was a hit with both men and women in our testing crew--the cycling-specific formula went on easily and cleaned up with soap and water. It comes out of cycling apparel just as easily in the wash. The plant-based wax formula applies smoothly--it's not sticky, wet or greasy--and one application was good enough for several hours in the saddle.
53x11 Chain Breaker Espresso
$13.95 per 12 oz.
Pep up your pre-ride game with 53x11 Chain Breaker. Although meant for espresso, this coffee does well for drip preparation, too, and is available in whole bean or ground, is Fair-Trade certified and is organic.
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