Premium handlebar tape with a matte velvet perforated finish for secure grip on the drops and flats. With a 2mm thick profile and a gel component, LifeLine Bar Tape provides increased cushioning and comfort on endurance road rides.
"I'm normally a straight down the road regular Cinelli cork guy, but thought I might get something a bit more shock absorbing for a London to Paris ride. The tape isn't too thick and is relatively easy to fit (not quite as stretchy as the Cinelli cork). The surface is slightly suede effect and a touch on the shiny side for my tastes. Hopefully it'll do the trick for Paris, then back to good old cork for me!"
"Nice little mount for Garmin and GoPro. It comes with several different length allen bolts, so should fit most stem face plates (so long as you have two top bolts).
Once fitted, it securely holds the Garmin -- slightly angled up (rather than inline with the stem), which is helpful. The GoPro mount firmly grips my GoPro Session cage -- unlike some other cheap metal mounts I've bought.
Only downside is the slightly naff graphics. These come off fairly easily though!
All in all, a good mount. Not too heavy, and nicely cleans up the cockpit. Recommended!"
"Bought a pack of these originally at one of the London Freecycle stands -- mostly because my son loves Top Trumps and cycling (he's 8). Loved them so much I not only bought more packs, but bought a couple of custom A2 posters of my children from the guys at Pro Cycling Trumps.
The artwork is fantastic. Very stylised, but somehow captures the essence of your favourite riders. Brilliantly done. Great stats that someone has clearly put a lot of thought into so that you can actually have a good game of Top Trumps. And the card stock itself is of a very high quality, so the cards keep looking good even after many intensive gaming sessions!"
Shimano have developed the RT82 sole to offer the stiffness and sleek profile of a road shoe with convenience of an SPD design. This creates a lightweight, road style shoe perfect for high mileage touring and recreational applications.
"I'm normally a size 45, but had to go 46 due to my wide (G fitting) feet. These shoes aren't Italian narrow, but neither are they snow shoes!
I was a little concerned that they wouldn't be very stiff compared to the carbon fibre soled Nikes these are replacing (it's very hard to get 2 bolt road shoes these days). But, I needn't have worried. Plenty stiff enough for good power transfer.
The shape of the soles and recessed cleats make these very easy to walk in (thus pub/cafe compliant).
Ratchet seems well made. Good and breathable (a little chilly in cold weather, if anything).
Only possible downside is that these aren't the lightest shoes in the world. OTOH, there are plenty of other places I can lose weight first!"
Pros: Adjustable, Comfortable, Great Value, Versatile
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dhb Lightweight Long Finger Road Gloves
The dhb Long Finger Summer Road Glove is a stylish and technical cycling glove which features temperature regulating panels, a foam padded palm for enhanced comfort and absorbent thumb wipe panel.
"Good lightweight(isn) gloves for the money. I was a little worried that the velco closure would fall apart pretty quickly (the loop end is sewn directly onto the lightweight mesh backing); but it appears to be holding up fine.
For me the gloves work across a decent temp. window: 6deg to 14/15deg.
The gloves are quite roomy (could easily be used with liners for colder days). Fingers seem odd lengths (though could be me!). Very long index finger, and quite short little finger. Certainly not an issue I have with other gloves, but then I suppose"
"Okay, it's a bit of a hassle getting your chain properly grease free and dry (white spirit is your friend!), but once you have tha lube keeps things running very smoothly, and genuinely muck and grime free. Brilliant stuff!"
"Incredibly well made. Uses brass washers instead of plastic, so that the cam closing works flawlessly (unlike many similarly priced QRs).
The only thing that would make it perfect is if the lettering on the rear QR was the other way around. Right now 'Hope' reads upside down if your QR lever is pointing in the right direction, as per "The Rules"!"
Pros: Great Value, High Quality
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dhb Long Sleeve Momentum Jersey
Super soft, ultra warm, there will be no stopping the momentum! Mid-weight slim fitting, fully featured cycling jersey.
"I've been very impressed with DHB tops, and this is no exception. Good, thick, warm material that is well made. Nice and warm down to low single figure temps (with a base layer, natch).
Centre rear pocket has a handy headphone hole for your iPhone. Two additional capacious pockets hold gels/food and spares securely. A final handy zipped pocket works for cash for the mandatory tea and date slice stop.
Only downside for me is that the arms could be a bit closer fitting. Or maybe I just need to bulk up a bit..."
Pros: Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, warm
Cons: slightly i'll fitting arms
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dhb Trace Short Sleeve Jersey
The Trace jersey uses a polyester fabric treated with an anti bacterial process and has natural wicking properties. Also, buy the Trace Bibshort to complete the outfit.
"I bought this to replace a DHB Knowle top (which sadly got wrecked in a gravel heavy crash!). It really isn't up to the same standard. The material is significantly flimsier, and the fit not nearly so good. The Knowle fitted me perfectly, but the Trace in the same notional size was too tight around the chest, yet baggy on the arms.
I found the zip too small and fiddly (and a little short for a racing top), and the cloth a little on the thin side.
I've returned mine, and hoping to find the DHB Chevron a little closer to the Knowle in terms of quality. Why DHB stopped making the Knowle is beyond me..."