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Near perfect fall riding weather is upon us and the Peloton Service Course has some goods to make you wish the season would never end. Lake has an ultra light weight shoe that will have you searching for the hilliest Fondo around, Giro has an aero MIPS helmet that will help end your TT series with a PR and Rapha’s glasses will keep you looking good wherever the miles take you.
Climbing With White Feathers
It’s not often you find a pair of sub-200-gram cycling shoes (save for Adam Hansen’s 120-gram-ish custom, carbon slippers). Lake Cycling teased us at the Sea Otter Classic with its new CX301 and it has now come back with an even lighter, updated version of its ultra-lightweight, single-Boa climbing shoe—just in time for long days on the roads less traveled. Lake uses 11 different lasts to create a perfect fit for a wide range of feet, offering half-sizes and wide versions. You’ll can plan your own climbing grand tour for the fall. These pearly whites just hit the market this month. 181g (size 44); $330; lakecycling.com
Aero Has Never Been So Safe
Each of us may wish we could time trial to a win like Rohan Dennis did on stage 6 of the Tour of California in May. Although we may not be as fast as Dennis—he set the fastest-ever TT stage of the Tour de France last year—we can all order the Aerohead Ultimate MIPS TT helmet from Giro. A specially constructed carbon-fiber shell, which Giro claims is lighter and stronger than other carbon composites, provides sleek protection, with the added benefit of MIPS technology. The Zeiss Optics wraparound eye shield offers unobstructed and unrivaled clarity for the racer’s vision field with the added aerodynamic benefit of an integrated helmet lens. If you spend hours of your day perfecting your position in the bars, this may just be the answer to shave a few more ticks off your next race against the clock. 450g; $550; giro.com
Staying Stylish on the French Riviera.
When we climbed in the mountains above Nice this July, the Rapha Pro Team Flyweight Glasses had us looking pro and the envy of the riders passing by in Le Tour. They’re styled after early-20th century aviator goggles worn by the pros of the past. These frameless shades come with an easily detachable Carl Zeiss shield lens, all while combining top-notch technology and high performance with a race look. Made in Italy and weighing in at a feathery 25 grams, these frames ship with a bronze mirror lens. An included hard case has space for two more lenses—you have four options to choose from—and each will cost an additional $120. $220; rapha.cc