Category: Cycling Kit

All the cycle bits and bobs

Electronics

Polar M400 Review – First impressions

Having been frustrated by the short-lived experience with the Garmin Fenix,  I started looking around for alternatives. Garmin’s Vivoactive was ticking all of the right boxes and was getting good reviews, but I was reluctant to commit to another Garmin ‘trial’ – I need to be recording my training, not trying to work out how …

Electronics

Garmin Fenix 2 – Quick feedback

In my experience, of friends who have used them, Garmin devices are either absolutely fantastic or immensely frustrating. When they work, they do an excellent job, but they are so prevalent that you’d expect a few people to have niggles with them… and bad press always trumps good news when people want to share their …

Bikes, Mountain Bikes

Giant Anthem X3 2012 – Long-term review

Let’s put one debate to bed to start with… I really rate 26” wheels, I think they offer a more versatile ride than a 29” wheel for my sort of riding, and I’m very happy with my decision three years ago to stick with small wheels. Saying that, if I was buying now, I’d almost …

Gloves

Specialized Grail gloves – Best mitt ever?

Over the years I’ve used a variety of short-finger mitts for both road cycling and mountain biking, but over the past four years or so I’ve settled on some Specialized Body Geometry (BG) mitts. These seemed to have the right mix of firmer gel pads and flexibility to suit my riding styles. However, since my …

Cyclocross Bike

Upgrading the CAADX – Tubeless disc brake road wheels?

My Cannondale CAADX is still running exactly as it came out of the shop, with it’s Sora groupset and bog-standard wheels… all unchanged apart from the rear derailleur jockey wheels. It’s a terrific set-up for a winter commuter, but it needs to lose some weight for the winter cyclocross racing. I know that changing the …

Shoes and Boots

Northwave H2O Overshoes – Review

I’ve been using some neoprene Shimano overshoes for cold/wet road rides for donkey’s years and they’ve become rather shabby – with tears at the heel encroaching on the zips. It was time for a change… However, given that the Bianchi (and my road shoes) tend to avoid those days when the weather decides to through …

Brakes

Tektro CR720 cantilever cyclocross brakes – Initial impressions

My (secondhand) Kinesis came in a well-looked after condition and was fitted with Frogs cantilever brakes and TRP brake pads. Those have been fine as I made my first steps into the murky world of ‘cross racing, but in the last couple of races (with some more aggressive hills and corners) I’ve found the brakes …

Components, Maintenance

Replacing SRAM hoods – Easier than you’d think

The hood on my Kinesis’ right hand SRAM brake lever started to tear a few weeks back and by last week was clearly not going to last much longer, so needed replacing. The Kinesis is now proudly wearing brand new bright red SRAM doubletap hoods in place of the old black ones. They were suprisingly …

Wheels

Shimano RS61 wheels – First impressions

With the RS10’s on my Kinesis cyclocross bike starting to feel their age and the RS30’s still pressed into regular service on my son’s bike, I needed to find some new cyclocross wheels. I couldn’t find any reason for limiting my search top cyclocross-specific wheels, especially as the Kinesis is not used for huge mileages …