mikedrake
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  • First Review
    12 June 2009
  • Last Review
    13 January 2014
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    07 November 2013
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    07 November 2013
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  • First Answer
    24 May 2010
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    29 June 2011
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mikedrake's Reviews
 
An exceptionally warm, waterproof, breathable and windproof glove with a ‘lobster claw’ construction. Split fingers provide good dexterity for braking and changing gears whilst minimising heat loss.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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Good at its role
Posted13 January 2014
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Fit / Size 
4 / 5
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mikedrake
fromDarlington
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
"A bit clumpy and not easy getting things out of pockets etc.
Kept hands warm in very cold conditions, although they can get a bit sweaty at times.
But overall I'm happy with them."
Pros: High Quality, Adjustable, Good Fit
Cons: Expensive, Bulky
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TORQ recovery is a highly advanced post-exercise nutritional drink formulation that has been designed to repair, recharge and refuel fatigued muscle tissue after heavy exercise.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
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Works fine
Posted18 December 2013
mikedrake
fromDarlington
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
"Works fine and tastes ok, but if you use the suggested quantities, it's very expensive......won't be buying again."
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 Custom Race Bottle Cage 2011
Custom Race Bottle Cage 2011
The undisputed number 1 bottle cage in the pro peloton, a true design classic which is also self-adjusting.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
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Elite Custom Race Bottle Cage
Posted17 August 2011
mikedrake
fromDarlington
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
"The court is still out on these, they look very good, but the fit is very, very tight and it's not easy to disseangage the bottle. With time this may get easier, I'll have to wait and see."
Pros: Great Value, High Quality, Lightweight
Cons: Unadjustable, Poor Fit
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Water repellent arm warmers with a soft, flexible feel for protection and warmth in all cool weather conditions. The advanced NoRain Nanotech finish simply sheds water before it can soak in.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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sportful No-rain arm warmers
Posted04 July 2011
mikedrake
fromDarlington
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
"So far so good, not tried in the rain yet though.
Good tight fit and grippers work well, although a little short (but I do have long arms)
I'm using the white one's and they look pretty niffty."
Pros: Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Good Fit
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Premium cycling bib shorts from dhb at an astonishing price. Top-level ‘Tour Air’ Elastic Interface cycling pad from CyTech for serious sessions in the saddle. Moisture management ‘Field Sensor’ fabric deals with perspiration fast.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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bib shorts
Posted29 June 2011
mikedrake
fromDarlington
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
"Haven't really had chance to use them that much yet, but very comfortable so far, the champios is spot on, plently of support around your gonadds and they look good. There also similar to other Continental shorts, in that the legs are a little shorter.................more leg to get tanned :)."
Pros: Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Good Fit
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Excellent value SPD-SL compatible road bike pedals for a secure interface with your cycling shoes. Supplied with 6° float cleats and sporting a wide profile, Shimano PD-R540 are the perfect introduction to performance road cycling pedals.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Shimano spd-sl
Posted29 June 2011
mikedrake
fromDarlington
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
"So far , so good, switched all three bikes from Look Keo's, the cost of these pedals which included cleats, was not much more than a set of Look cleats.
Good positive lock in, easy to engage and the platform feel firmer with more support."
Pros: Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, Good Fit
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Super smooth rollers using larger diameter drums with a Parabolic shape to help keep you centered on the rollers.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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Elite Ghibli Parabolic Rollers
Posted20 December 2010
Quality 
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Performance 
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mikedrake
fromDarlington
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
"Excellent for indoors work outs, once you have mastered staying on.
Very scary at first, but it gets easier quickly.
Easy to set up and store.
The rubber band can making a type of vibrating noise when you get to around 100rpm.
Once you get in the groove, it a good feeling.
"
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Rugged, Adjustable, Good Fit
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3/4 length cycling shorts for extended coverage on spring and autumn days. Featuring cool mesh bibs and a ProGel Seatpad for cushioning and comfort on long endurance training rides.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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Altura Pro Gel Padded 3/4 Bib Knickers
Posted24 May 2010
Quality 
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Value 
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Performance 
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Appearance 
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mikedrake
fromDarlington
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
"Very comfortable. I am 6'2" and large build and should have probably gone for Ex Large, as the shoulder straps dig in a bit, but otherwise excellent.
The only downside is that the reflective patches on the legs, started to peel off before their first wash, but this seems synonymous with Altura products, I have had it happen on various pieces of clothing from them."
Pros: Great Value
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 Extreme Evo III Protex Folding Tyre
Extreme Evo III Protex Folding Tyre
The integrated 'Protex' shield runs bead to bead to give unrivalled puncture protection. New ZSG Dual Compound has harder, faster Natural rubber in the centre tread for low rolling resistance and softer stickier Ultima rubber on the edges for Extreme grip when cornering - wet or dry! All contact tread shape enhances the performance of the tyre with minimal road contact in a straight line and maximum contact in the corners. At 210g this really is the ultimate road clincher.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
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short life span
Posted29 December 2009
Quality 
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mikedrake
fromDarlington
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
"I bought a set in March on a recommendation, they roll great if a bit noisy, fantastic grip in all conditions, overall a fantastic tyre. But by early June the rear tyre was showing signs of wear, with blistering. I was very disappointed, considering the price. None of the other lads using them had this problem, so I purchased another at the end of June, this lasted until early December and finished with an exploding tyre.
So I shall be using a different make from now on.
I ave about 130 miles per week in the summer and weigh 13.4 stone, so it could be the weight, which is not particularly heavy for 6'2". Tyre pressure 110 psi."
Pros: excellent grip
Cons: Expensive, Poor Quality
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Science in Sport 800ml Narrow Neck Cycling Bottle, with mixing measurements for SIS products.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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drinks bottle
Posted12 June 2009
Quality 
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Value 
3 / 5
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Performance 
4 / 5
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mikedrake
"Having tried many types of drinks bottles this is by far the best for usability, it's easy to sqeeze, the mouth piece is comfortable in the mouth and it does the job. The measurements on the side make no sense so ignore them, but a scale in MLs on the side would be useful. Oh, and it's comfortable to hold."
Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, Durable, Good Fit, High Quality, Lightweight, Versatile
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mikedrake's Questions
 
 LTZ Aero/Tri Short Finger Gloves
LTZ Aero/Tri Short Finger Gloves
When less is more, the LTZ (Less Than Zero) is all that you need. The LTZ is a pro-level, minimalist glove that offers ultimate ventilation and bar feel.
 

Glove sizes

I've seen you size guide, is that measurement for the circumference of the palm or the length of the hand?
5 months, 1 week ago
by
mikedrake
Darlington
 
mikedrake's Answers
 
Premium cycling bib shorts from dhb at an astonishing price. Top-level ‘Tour Air’ Elastic Interface cycling pad from CyTech for serious sessions in the saddle. Moisture management ‘Field Sensor’ fabric deals with perspiration fast.
 

Size Compared to Assos.

I used to have a pair of findechans which were medium, however they were too big around my bum, they had extra material that bunched up.
I now have a pair of medium Assos f1 and they fit perfect. So are the dbh a bit bigger in size than the Assos.
Im 5'11 and 70kg so im thinking a small for these??
Best answer
Can't really help with your size, I went for lge, I'm 6'1'' and 80kg and large was quite tight but well supported and I wouldn't want a different size.
2 years, 9 months ago
by
mikedrake
Darlington
 
Super smooth rollers using larger diameter drums with a Parabolic shape to help keep you centered on the rollers.
 

I see on the reviews that some compare the rollers to riding on ice. Would it help if the rollers had a non slip surface on them?

They do have a rough surface, it's just practice...........a bit like when you first learn to ride a bike.
3 years, 4 months ago
by
mikedrake
Darlington
 
3/4 length cycling shorts for extended coverage on spring and autumn days. Featuring cool mesh bibs and a ProGel Seatpad for cushioning and comfort on long endurance training rides.
 

Is the gel insert removable?

If not, could you recommend a pair that do? I'm looking for a pair of tights or 3/4 bibs that I could also run in, i.e. that have a removable foam or gel pad rather than a built in one.
Gel pad is not removable.
3 years, 10 months ago
by
mikedrake
Darlington