Paraphernalia: Friday favourites 4/05

Presenting round three of our new online product post – “Friday Favourites”…  on a Monday. Last week we were busily wrapping up the final pages of RIDE  Issue #68 to send to print (on-sale later this month), so today we pick up where we last left off. “Monday Madness” perhaps? Following on from our reviews of products from Polar, Giro and Specialized from the popular Paraphernalia pages of issues past and present, plus a look at Romain Bardet’s Focus frame for wireless shifting, this time around we put items from veloToze (to feature in RIDE #68), K-Edge (RIDE #67), and Silca (RIDE #66) to the test.




veloToze Tall, Short

When told by the supplier that these are like, “swimming caps for your feet,” a number of images sprung to mind. None of these ideas mimicked the simplicity of veloToze waterproof shoe covers which are surprisingly easy to slip into. They are inexpensive and could even be worn underneath your ‘warm’ overshoes to provide another layer protecting your feet from the elements.

Cost: $26 (tall), $21 (short)



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K-Edge Mounts

K-Edge has been a cycling industry leader in out front computer mounts for a number of years. Their latest Garmin fixing systems are still available in a range of colours and are aluminium with a plastic computer twist point. The US company has removed the length adjustment screw from underneath the arm giving it a lighter, smoother finish leaving no chance of incorrect installation. This means more consideration when purchasing. If a (larger) Garmin Edge 1000 or 810 upgrade is imminent, then the XL Computer Mount is required.

On the Aero Combo Mount, provision for an action camera is a nice novelty and the rounded edges across the range further refine an already great product.

K-Edge is found on many team bikes in the WorldTour peloton. The rig above belongs to David de la Cruz of Etixx-Quickstep. Every EQS bike hosts the full K-Edge suite: a chain catcher, computer mount and number plate. – Jack

Cost: $75 (Aero combo mount), $60 (XL computer mount), $55 (Aero computer mount)
Weight: 41g (Aero combo mount), 34g (XL computer mount), 30g (Aero computer mount)





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Silca SuperPista Ultimate Floor Pump

This pump should be insured and then written into your will as soon as it is purchased. Now based in Indianapolis (top-end manufacturing Mecca), Silca has once again floored us with their attention to detail and perfect finish. Highlights include an unseen leather plunger, rosewood handle (complete with investment-cast centre and end plugs), and magnetic dock for the pump head to ensure it does not get knocked around too much when not in use. These elements prove devotion to the craft and, if you are an industrial design or engineering enthusiast, this SuperPista Ultimate might be your ultimate super-pump.

Cost: $550






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Author: Nicola Allbutt

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