Category: Accessories

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 …

Miscellaneous

EH Works tool roll – Does the strap work?

I love my EH Works tool rolls… that retro look is the perfect way to compliment the Bianchi Sempre and they always look tidy… and I love the way they work, they’re so simple, easy to load with essentials, even easier to ‘roll’ out when the contents are needed, and easily expand/shrink depending on what …

Lights

Knog customer service is the business

I bought a Knog Frog strobe just before Christmas to make me a bit more visible on winter rides and it’s worked perfectly. However, a couple of weeks back I moved the Bianchi and noticed that the band that wraps round the handlebars had snapped – and being an all-in-one design, this meant that the …

Bike News, Miscellaneous

Rapha Camelbak water bottle

I already have two Camelbak water bottles – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them, they work perfectly every time and still have plenty of life left in them (the blue one is well scratched from being on the Anthem coverd in mud, but the clear bottle is virtually pristine). In fact I don’t understand why …

Lights

High capacity battery for SolarStorm

Our SolarStorm 2x CREE XML U2 LED bike light has always been compromised by it’s battery. I doubt we’ve ever really had more than an hour from the lamp and in recent weeks the battery performance has dropped off a cliff. Having the dual-lamp configuration, the SolarStorm was always going to burn through the power …

Pumps

Lezyne Pressure Drive – Perfect for pockets

It’s that age-old question… should I sully the beautiful lines of my new Bianchi with a frame-mount pump… simple answer is No!! So the next question was, could you really stow a pump in a jersey pocket without losing it mid-ride, only to realise when you’re standing at the side of the road with a …

Accessories

An essential tool – the Bicycle Riders mug

You’ll spend hours fettling your bicycle this winter, huddled over a bottom bracket or chasing ball bearings around a work bench, so make sure you stay warm with a good supply of tea. Any old mug will do the trick, but my new Bicyle Riders tea mug is just the ticket to keep spirits high …