4 Next-Level Gear picks
Ninja turbo trainers, superhero-inspired glasses and fingerprint operated bikes. Beth Hodge gets her Jane Bond on with these super-hot kit picks...
The world’s smartest bike
Dutch company VanMoof has developed the Batmobile of bicycles, packing in an incredible amount of cutting-edge tech in a bike that looks this good. Not only does it feature integrated LED lights, an anti-rust chain and a saddle with air suspension, it’s a nightmare for bike thieves thanks to its inbuilt locking system, which is operated by fingerprint technology. If a thief is brilliant enough to get past all that, VanMoof promise to track your bike and get it back to you in two weeks or they'll replace it. Awesome!
Starts at £1,198, vanmoof.com
Stats in your eyes
As The Terminator of the bike world, the Garmin Varia Vision Heads Up Display attaches to your sunglasses and projects stats, such as your heart rate, distance and navigational arrows, as an image across the lens. It vibrates to alert you to texts and you can pair it to the Varia rearview radar to tell you when cars are approaching.
Starts at $399.99; Rear view device from $199.99, garmin.com
Strava, the popular activity tracking app, has introduced a brilliant new safety feature for Strava Premium members – Strava Beacon. This allows you to share your real-time location with selected people, giving you and them peace of mind that they can track you down. It's also good if they want to know what time you'll be back for dinner. A great-value idea and hassle free.
Starva Premium starts at £3.99/month or £39.99/year, strava.com
Possibly the coolest thing that’s ever happened to a turbo trainer*, Zwift has collaborated with Tacx to create the Tacx NEO Smart trainer, which features a simulator. This recreates the sensation of downhill sections and other road conditions, such as cobbles and even ice and will make watching Bake Off while you train a whole new visceral experience.
Tac NEO Smart trainer starts at £1,199; Swift monthly subscription, £8, tacx.com