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In the Drops: Specialized Fjällräven collab, Met Trenta Mips helmet, Le Col jersey and Madrid

Will Strickson
15 Apr 2022

Cyclist's weekly roundup of hot and cool kit and content plus Madrid and music

It's that time again. No, I don't mean the long weekend or the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ or the celebration of cheap chocolate. I’m talking about In the Drops, our weekly roundup of excellent stuff.

While today is a Bank Holiday in the UK, reading quality content is a 24/7 quest so we at Cyclist endeavour to bring you material to help you pretend you’re not bored while off work for four days.

This almost-week has been packed with top tier journalism from the team.

Largely, we've been preparing for Paris-Roubaix this weekend, the undisputed best race(s) in cycling. To get you hyped, you can find all the details for the race in our extensive guide to the Hell of the North and our TV guide. Be sure to also catch Ellis Bacon's four-part series on the pavé secteurs that will define the race and my breakdown of the favourites to take home a large cobblestone.

If you prefer looking back to looking forward, Robyn Davidson's latest Extremely Online Round-Up featured some impressive gymnastics and a whirlwind of emotions. We also looked even further back to a special Big Mig TT double.

The tech world sleeps not even for Roubaix, so we covered the launch of a lovely looking Reilly Cycleworks titanium aero road bike, the Fusion, and Emma Cole had the scoop on the new Fizik Tempo Deco road shoes and a review of Garmin's Instinct 2S Solar watch.

To top all that, deputy editor James Spender brought us the best of both worlds with the lowdown on a pro cyclist’s preferred geometry via Nicolas Roche's custom FiftyOne bike.

Finally, Cyclist's Track Day Sessions are less than a month away now, so check out the list of bikes available for you to demo and maybe buy a ticket. I’ll see you there.



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Specialized Fjällräven anorak

Specialized is one of the biggest brands in the bike industry. Fjällräven is one of the biggest brands in the outdoors industry. Together they fill the holes in each other's repertoire and make a really nice logo. It must have been fate.

Last month, after three years of discussions and development, the two powerhouses launched the first collection of products from their collaborative range featuring bags, clothing and accessories for city living, including this anorak.

Based around the Swedish company’s classic Räven jacket and completed with the Californian company’s expertise in cycling, it doubles up as a casual and technical product.

Water and wind-resistant, breathable, reflective and stretchy with pockets, zips and a stowable hood. It has the lot and is billed as something suited to urban and bikepacking adventures. Fjällräven also says that it has been made with recycled materials, which we can get behind (more on that later).

I’ll be wearing it to work.

Met Trenta 3K Carbon Mips helmet

Some helmets need no introduction, like Catlike’s Whisper golf ball. Met's Trenta 3K Carbon, while in principal a smart but not eye-catching aerodynamic racing helmet, has taken on a life of its own thanks to one man: Tadej Pogačar.

You’ve seen it conquer two Tours de France, two Monuments and several stages and stage races in between. You’ve also seen a remarkable tuft of hair poking out its top that entire time and for that reason you’ll know the details of the helmet like the front of your handlebars.

What you wouldn't have noticed is that the Trenta 3K Carbon has only recently been given a Mips slip liner to protect against rotational forces in a crash. Good thing Pog has a magical resistance to collisions.

The Met Trenta 3K Carbon Mips may be more of a mouthful but the Mips in question is the Air system, the lightest version of the tech that’s integrated into the helmet’s padding and allows for 10-15mm of energy-absorbing movement.

While Met was adding Mips, it also took the opportunity to reduce the density of the EPS by a claimed 20%, meaning there’s even less weight holding young Tadej back in France this summer. The whole thing hit my scales at just 227g.

Le Col Pro Jersey II

My last In the Drops featured Le Col’s latest generation Pro jacket. This time, it’s the brand's updated Pro jersey.

Billed as a versatile top for all the riding you’ll do this summer and beyond, it's been given a closer fit and improved feel while offering a larger range of motion thanks to a four-way stretch. It’s lightweight and sweat-wicking for the warmer days and aerodynamic for the faster days.

What caught my eye though, and why I chose to feature this jersey rather than the others that came in Le Col’s seasonal overhaul, is that it’s made from recycled materials.

While that fact alone doesn't mark Le Col out as harbingers of a new environmentally friendly age in cycling, it is progress and as you'll learn in issue 126 of Cyclist magazine, which is out very soon, one that more clothing manufacturers need to be doing.

I chose a green jersey to reflect this and because it looks nice. Not because I have a fast sprint.

What we're into this week: Madrid and playlist #5

Since my last round-up I went on holiday. I know, nuts. My girlfriend and I went to Madrid for a few days and it was actually the first time I’d been to Spain. I liked it, so naturally I have a list of recommendations as a result.

We ate really well in both restaurants, tapas bars, markets and chocolaterias – one specifically, Chocolatería San Ginés, pictured – and enjoyed the city's large El Retiro park and larger royal palace.

Madrid has a lot of museums and we only had time for two, but they were both very good. I would very highly recommend the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum to the extent that I think it’s the best one I’ve ever been to.

Although headline acts were works by Picasso, Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Piet Mondrian and Francis Bacon, my favourite piece was a temporary installation by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, which featured a large room, several screens and a lot of musicians, and was very moving. 

Finally, I’ve once again compiled a playlist of new music I’ve enjoyed in the past couple of months. I thought the incredibly long list last time out might’ve been an outlier but I was wrong, In the Drops #5 has 48 songs.

Highlights include songs from the new albums of favourites of mine Wallows, Wet Leg, Omar Apollo, Bakar and Rex Orange County as well as singles from Maggie Rogers, Harry Styles, Wallice and Lykke Li.

New to me have been Vicky Farewell’s very chill ‘Kakashi’, Chronixx's nostalgic reggae track ‘Never Give Up’, Oliver Sim of The xx's solo project and a lot more. I’d recommend just sticking it on shuffle and see how you get on.


Looking to test out the latest road bikes on a purpose built circuit? Cyclist Track Day Sessions at Lee Valley VeloPark on 7th/8th May give you the opportunity to try out top road bikes from Canyon, BMC, Orro, Ribble and Cannondale. 

Find out more and book tickets at cyclisttrackdays.com


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