Category: Reviews

Reviews of the kit we like and the stuff we don’t like

Running Kit, Running Shoes, Trail Shoes

Salomon Speedcross 4 review – Hero to zero

Firstly, I’ve had some great runs with my Salomon Speedcross 4 shoes. They were comfortable from Day One, have been my go-to shoe for trail runs this year and never gave me any cause for concern until two weeks ago, when they started to fail badly & with little notice. On the 16th June (2018) …

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 …

Bike News, Rides

Cycling Hardknott and Wrynose Passes

Thank you Hardknott that was the toughest days riding ever, but I’m so glad that I did it. Over the past twelve months we’ve talked about a variety of cycle ‘challenges’, but being relatively time-poor, my preference is always to really up the anti… to get maximum bangs from my ‘time away’ bucks. So when …

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 …