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Bikes & Frames

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Silence is golden - or at least that's what they say. And there's nothing better than zipping along the road on a bike, with nothing but a bit of tyre noise and the whoosh of the wind whizzing past your head. And when your bike starts making noises, you know it's time to do a spot of fine-tuning - a little bit of adjustment on the gear cables;...

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There were some very appreciative 'oohs' and 'aahs' as I rolled this bike out of the box, got the handlebars aligned and the saddle adjusted. The Kimera AL is a aerodynamic looking beast that borrows the swooping geometry of more expensive road bikes within the Koga range, but at a fraction of the price. The anodised and smooth-welded 6061aluminium...

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Pitched as a road bike for the urban commuter, the Hack 2 is a part of a new breed of do it all commuter bikes, that have grown in popularity over the last few years as more of us have started cycling to work. At just under £1000 the Hack 2 sits above the Hack 1 which is £200 cheaper. The only difference between the two being the groupset...

Wheels & Tyres

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Fulcrum are a long standing favourite in the cycling industry, with a reputation for sturdy wheels built to last. Broadly speaking, they have three ranges of wheels: the Racing series which are alloy rims targeted as training wheels or budget racing wheels; the Red Wind series - carbon wheels with alloy brake tracks for racing performance in...

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Tubeless technology has been around for a good few years now, and seems to be very slowly gaining a foothold. It has yet to appear in any pro races to our knowledge, and remains a relatively rare sight at club outings too. Opinions amongst The Bike List team are mixed. Some think that it is solving a problem that doesn't exist and others think...

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Tubeless technology has been around for a good few years now, and seems to be very slowly gaining a foothold. It has yet to appear in any pro races to our knowledge, and remains a relatively rare sight at club outings too. Opinions amongst The Bike List team are mixed. Some think that it is solving a problem that doesn't exist and others think...

Lights, Cycle Computers & Electronic Accessories

These pedals have been a long time coming. Launch dates were put back again and again and, at times, it looked as though Garmin were never going to be ready to put them on the market. To be honest, I got pretty frustrated with the whole process. As a cyclist with a reasonably large stable of my own bikes, test bikes coming and going and taking...

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A few months ago I got my mitts on a Power2Max power meter and first impressions were extremely good. Fitting was extremely easy and early training sessions with power were a revelation. With a hard summer of training and racing though, how has it fared and am I now a complete power convert? The main reason I'd previously had for...

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A few years ago now, Garmin opened up a new market within cycle computers: GPS functionality. It didn't take too long for them to gain a foothold in the industry, converting even some cynics adamant that a paper map and compass are far more reliable. Admittedly, early versions of the Edge did have some poor reliability reports, but the ability...

Clothing, Protection & Bags

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As a cyclist you might not have come across SealLine products before. This Seattle-based company offers a range of dry bags, dry sacks, dry pack, dry duffle bags, waterproof document cases, so basically they're experts at keeping your stuff dry whilst you're out and about. The backpack we've been testing is part of their urban range which...

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Dating back to 2004, the Rapha Classic Jersey has been part of the line up since the company started and is undoubtedly one of the garments that helped Rapha etch its name into the cycling industry. Impressively that means this jersey has been in service for nearly 10 years. As you'd expect Rapha have made a few refinements over that time but...

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Not too long ago, I wrote a glowing review on GripGrab's Microfleece Cap . It was therefore with great excitement that I anticipated another superb product in the line of headwear from the same manufacturer. The Windster Cap is by and large the same look, size and shape as the Microfleece Cap, except that it has a windproof panel on the front....

Components & Accessories

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Like many good ideas the original Rotor crank began life as student project back in 1995 at the Engineering School of Madrid. Three years later and the project had become a business venture with cranks available for the public to buy, but early systems had limited compatibility and couldn't be used with conventional bottom brackets as they needed...

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Well who on earth would go back to using a regular mono-prong saddle after one of these? Not me! I am fully converted to the double-pronged saddle, it's so much comfier, and I'm not even a bloke. I used to feel saddle sore after 4 hours of riding, think 'Ah, that's just the sign of a long ride' and put up with it, but the Adamo Century has solved...

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Are you sitting comfortably? Then you can stop reading now. But if you find yourself constantly shuffling your position on the bike or you finish rides with, ahem, numb nuts or even a numbness that means you can't match your passion for cycling with passion in the bedroom, then you need to find a solution. Sitting on a chair you distribute...

Tools, Maintenance & Cleaning

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Polishing frames isn't for everyone, nor for every bike. If you've got a steed that takes pride of place in the household, then this polish is the right product for you. Equally, if you've got an old alloy frame that you turbo on all year round, a six monthly polish is not a bad idea to protect it from the sweat and salt of your hard labour...

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Purple Harry clearly advertise this as a dry chain lube that is still suitable "for all conditions, but most suited to the usual weather mix we get here in the UK". Sounds promising, right? One size fits all? Strangely, the application instructions differ between the Dry and Wet Chain Lubes, as I found the hard way - under apply this lube...

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Wet chain lube is usually a safe bet for UK cyclists, you just never know when you'll end up pulling your waterproofs out. Even on the driest of days with the bluest of skies, you'll inevitably ride down some country lanes covered in muck, puddles, or you never know, a flooded junction or two. As a rule of thumb, wet chain lube is usually...

Cycle Touring Equipment

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If you're not keen on backpacks to carry your everyday essentials like tools, spare tubes, windproofs and a bite to eat, then this barbag-sized pack may be right up your street. It mounts securely on a seatpost via a small, quick release bracket and is suspended via a metal frame that encircles the bag and keeps its contents easy to get at....

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British-made and developed through the online Kickstarter scheme, the Bridge Street Saddlebag mounts to your seatpost via a quick-release bracket, and comes in a selection of five colours and three different sizes. The Small gives 4 litres of space and costs £60, Medium offers 8 litres for £70 and Large gives a capacious 15 litres for £80. We...

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Altura's Aero Drop Down Rack Pack attaches to a standard rear rack and offers - at first glance - a handy, semi-rigid box with about 6 litres of space. It opens and closes with a double zip running lengthways along the top, and the flap at the end is secured by Velcro. A similar size to a medium bar bag, it's ruggedly built from durable P-Tec...

Books & DVD's

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We're all familiar with the story of Lance Armstrong. The Texan who battled cancer then conquered the Tour de France, winning seven times before being exposed as a drugs cheat. This is the story of the man instrumental in setting the record straight, David Walsh. David is a journalist and had a particular passion for cycling, meeting Lance...

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I'm a great fan of the Dummies series of books. They're written clearly and, unlike other guides, explain the jargon as you get to it, rather than leaving you to hunt down a glossary at the end of the book. Cycling for Dummies is the latest in the series and covers pretty much everything you'd want to know about cycling in the UK, from...

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I'm one of those people who can't help but glance into people's living rooms as I walk down a street. If the curtains are open I'll always have a nose and see what what they're watching on the telly or having for tea. Don't get me wrong, I don't stand and stare, simply cherish the half a second stocktake of peoples lives I gleen. An open...

Nutrition & Skin Care

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Warming balm is a useful product for those colder winter rides. Don't misunderstand their purpose though, they are NOT a replacement for clothing! If you haven't used any form of warming balm before, the easiest way to describe is it to imagine a cream version of Deep Heat. There are active ingredients that create a heating sensation on your...