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TIME CYCLO 6
Mountain bike pedals are great for clearing mud, but when it comes to long days in the saddle there’s no compromise to the power transfer of a road pedal. And racing on gravel, you need a little bit of both: a pedal that transfers as much power as possible for long days and some clearance to shed the gunk. That’s where TIME’s Cyclo 6 pedal comes in. It pairs the company’s ATAC mountain bike clamping mechanism and cleat with a road pedal body. The ATAC system provides a secure connection to the pedal body for maximum power transfer, and tension adjustment lets you tune the pedals to your tastes. A composite body helps keep the weight low, just 134 grams each pedal, so you’ll want these on your next adventure. $110; 134g; time-sport.us
SILCA NASTRO FIORE BAR TAPE
When it comes to riding rough roads, cyclists will try anything to mute the harshness. One of the oldest tricks in the book is using thicker bar tape, but thick tape can very easily throw off the entire feel of your ride. Silca has a solution. Its NASTRO FIORE bar tape is 2.5mm thick, but provides the cushioning of a thicker 3.2mm tape—more comfort, less bulk. Beyond extra padding, the tape itself feels great, with a textured pattern, tacky grip and printed silicone graphics. And though it’s expensive at $46, Silca claims the tape is three to five times more durable than traditional tape materials. Plus, it’s finished off with details that will make every wrap job perfect: A butterfly-shaped brake clamp cover reduces bulk at the hoods and the expanding aluminum-and-composite bar plugs will always stay put. Available in black, white, black with white logos and white with black logos. $46; silca.cc