Category: Cycling Kit

All the cycle bits and bobs

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 …

Children's Bikes

Carrera Coast Balance Bike

I think balance bikes are great… they give young kids a chance to get familiar with the whole two-wheeled idea, and there’s plenty of support for the argument that says it’s much easier for kids to use a proper bike (with pedals) once they’ve mastered the simpler balance bike. The thing is, while the original …

Cyclocross Bike

Cannondale CAADX vs Kinesis Crosslight

Can two popular cyclocross bikes have completely different personalities? I’d have to say a big fat “Yes” – I’m running a Cannondale CAADX Sora Disc (bought in December 2014) and a Kinesis Crosslight Pro3 (about three years old), both ace bikes in their own right, but very specific in terms of which would be best …

Cyclocross, Tyres

Vittoria Cross XG Pro Folding Tyre – Review

When we bought our Kinesis Crosslight Pro3, we were given a set of used cyclocross tyres to get us on the trails, but it was quickly clear that the bike needed some new tyres. Cyclocross tyres aren’t cheap and there are certainly fewer of the ‘fire sale’ bargains that offer bucket-price road and mountain bike …

Cyclocross Bike

Kinesis Crosslight Pro3 cyclocross bike – First impressions

Sometimes ebay throws you amazing bargains and our Kinesis Crosslight was one. I’d been looking for a decent second-hand cyclocross bike for sometime and this popped up locally for a good price. I suspect that, being Kinesis, it’s a brand that many commuters and, dare I say it, non-racing cyclists wouldn’t be familiar with, so …

Cyclocross Bike

Kinesis Crosslight Pro3 cyclocross bike – Joins the fleet

I’ve signed up for the Western League, a summer cyclocross series around Bristol and Gloucester, and I was hoping to entice my son to join me on this foray into the world of CX racing. So, having already got the Cannondale CAADX for me, I had a scout around for a serviceable secondhand cyclocross bike …

Groupsets

Shimano Sora 3500 groupset – No more thumb-shifters

In 2013 Shimano updated their Sora groupset from version 3400 to 3500 and at last those thumb-shifters have gone… but Shimano Sora is still 9-speed, so how much better is it? I’d suggest that it’s a quantum leap forward in capability. The Shimano Sora sits near the bottom of their range of road groupsets, and …