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Silca Super Secret Chain Lube
When everyone has access to the same equipment, your competitive advantage comes down to the minute details that everyone else has overlooked. Silca Super Secret Chain Lube is the X-factor that can give you that edge. Pros have been using hot-melt, wax-dipped chains for a while. They minimize friction for extra speed and a smoother, quieter drivetrain, but applying the wax is a messy, complicated process. Now Silca has managed to bring those benefits to a drip-applied wax, using the same special ingredient of nano-scale tungsten disulfide for maximum lubrication. While it’s certainly more expensive than other lubes, it also performs like no other—and applies easier than the alternative wax treatment. $25/ 4oz; silca.cc
Specialized Prime-Series Thermal Gloves
More so than any other piece of apparel, gloves come in a variety of styles for every kind of weather imaginable. For those chilly, but not quite cold, rides around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the Specialized Prime-Series Thermal gloves are an excellent choice. They keep things minimal, removing padding from the palms, but still ensure an excellent grip even in the wet thanks to Hydrophobic Ax Suede-fit palms. The Polartec Neoshell upper blocks out windchill, while an adjustable Velcro cuff eases putting them on and fitting them over a jersey cuff. Plus, touchscreen-compatible fingertips let you control a GPS or phone while keeping your hands warm. $45; specialized.com
Spinergy GX MAX
The GX MAX gravel wheelset takes what Spinergy has learned making tough-as-nails motocross wheels and applies it to gravel. This beefed-up wheelset has more of the brand’s proprietary composite PBO spokes, 28 per wheel, laced on radial/two-cross hubs, and an increased diameter of the cassette driver ring for more strength. The set keeps a shallow rim profile for a low weight, 1,622 grams for the 700c version. And the 24mm internal rim width is perfect for gravel tires that stretch past 40mm wide. The MAX is available in both 700c and 650b, for whatever suits your riding style. $699/ pair; 700c and 650b; spinergy.com
Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL Watch
With the ELEMNT RIVAL, Wahoo may have just made the most advanced sport watch available. Triathletes will love the watch’s ability to transition between events without touching any buttons. But there’s something here for any type of athlete. Cyclists who want a device that works for more activities, whether cross training with other endurance activities, or just tracking a weekend hike, might find the RIVAL to be a better option than a dedicated cycling computer. Plus, you can wear it all day and it will track heart rate, step and calorie information to help you optimize workouts, also making it a great complement to your on-bike Wahoo device. $380; 2 colors; wahoofitness.com
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