Goods from the Service Course: Castelli, WeatherNeck, eeBrakes
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This week we have three items for you from the Peloton Service Course – two accessories for chilly rides and one to lighten up your ride. We start with Cane Creek and its latest addition, eecycleworks and the eebrake, then look at our favorite glove, the Castelli Scalda before heading to a Kickstarter called the Weatherneck.
All the Stop You Need for Less than 200grams.
Cane Creek recently created a partnership with eecyclworks in California to bring its crazy light and advanced components under the Cane Creek label. We can understand why – eecycleworks has carved out a reputation as the go-to brand when it comes to lightweight stopping. Look at most super light project bikes, from one off customs to the Trek Emonda SLR 10’s knock-offs, eebrakes are the brake of choice. We just got a set of standard mount brakes and they matched the claimed weight exactly – 82grams for a front brake and 80grams for the rear, without pads or tie down nut. Even with pads and the nut they are still under 200grams for the set. 100grams less than a set of Dura-Ace calipers. Of course, all the engineering and finite element analysis is worthless if it only performs on the scale. We’ll find out and get back to you soon.
Sold separately $315 each; canecreek.com
One Glove to Rule Them All
The amount of time we used to spend sweating glove choice on a cold morning used to be enormous. Cold hands are the quickest way to ruin a ride with sweaty, clammy, hot hands a close second. No longer. The Castelli Scalda is now the go to long finger glove for us. Castelli calls it a medium insulation glove good for temperatures from 42-60degrees, but we’ve found it excels right down to freezing thanks to being windproof. It is waterproof too, all in a very svelte and stretchable package so it’s a good rain glove too. Long cuffs tuck under a long sleeve jersey nicely for added protection from the elements. We thought ‘scalda’ meant ‘burn’ in Italian, but it actually means ‘heats’, which is fitting, since we’ve never been burned when deciding to slip on a pair of Scalda gloves for a ride.
More Modular Thinking from the Fix It Stick Guy
Brian Davis has a solid track record of rethinking existing products in inventive ways. His Fix-It Sticks gave road side repairs shop quality tools and the Backbottle answered the prayer of many riders that needed to hydrate on the ‘cross course or take a third bottle into the back country. Now Brian has applied that thinking to staying warm on the bike with an update to his Weatherneck, making it a two-piece Balaclava. A long tail cap integrates with a triangular face mask with magnets, making it much easier to put on or take off while in the saddle. It’s a combination of cozy fleece material for warmth and mesh for breathability. The long tail of the cap is not so you’ll look like Billy Ray Cyrus, it keeps your neck warm, houses magnets for three different fits and has a secret pocket for credit cards or a hand warmer. Wanna buy it? Gotta go to Kickstarter. Sorry.
$35 for both Cap and Face mask; theweatherneck.com