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
"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..."
"This bracket is supposed to fit two different sizes of rack mount (roughly a 50mm hole spacing, and an 80mm spacing). My Topeak Beam rack has the wider of the two.
Cateye's solution for the wider spacing is to use Zip ties. This results in a laughable inadequate fixing -- the light flapping around while cycling. A quick drilling of two holes on my rack has sorted the problem.
The annoying thing is that Cateye used to sell a light mount that fitted both sizes of rack, but no longer.
So, this mount is great if you have the smaller spacing, but only any good for the wider hole spacing if your happy to attack your rack with a power tool."
Pros: holds light firmly
Cons: Unadjustable, only easily fits smaller rack spacing