The Grand Prix 4000S was the reference tyre in the road market but now gets a facelift. 4000S II gets a Vectran breaker for unsurpassed puncture protection and Continentals advanced BlackChili compound for lower rolling resistance and increased grip.
"My first set in preparation for the Alpine Raid. I am looking for something that will be versatile and portable for descents. I wore them out on a 14 degree day. Comfortably warm. I have short legs (72 cm) and the come down to the lower part of my calf. This is actually ok for me as I want the warmers as an alternative to tights. I have chunky thighs and they seemed to stay in situ pretty well. Time will tell if they hit the mark. Some reflective tabs but nowt substantial."
SiS GO Isotonic Gels are designed to be consumed without water, meaning that you can ensure rapid delivery of carbohydrates to your muscles without the feeling of being bloated that can sometimes occur with over-drinking.
"Small, lightweight, cool (but who'll judge you on your levers?) and effective. I'm going to wrap some insulation tape on the ends to add a bit of added protection to the rims. I've had no problem but the reviews make me cautious. After the tape they'll be small, less light, less cool and still effective!"
Pros: Attractive, Lightweight, Rugged
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IZONE Arc 600 Rechargeable Front Light
This rechargeable front light offers outstanding performance in a compact, lightweight and affordable package. It utilises a dual density heat sink and exhaust system to draw heat away and protect the lights electronics.
"I wanted a light that I could ride around Cumbrian lanes at night and get a decent view ahead of the inevitable pot holes, whilst ensuring that oncoming drivers get a decent view of me. It ticks all the boxes!"
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Promo Pack - Use by 14/02/2012
An exclusive introduction to the world of Performance sports nutrition. The promo pack includes a range of energy products for every stage of your exercise routine with a branded bottle. Use by end of February 2012.
"I bought these to see what they were like as they were on offer. There are three products: A gel A couple of energy bars A syrup to be added to your water bottle and diluted.
The gel was much like any other gel: I am not a big fan and this didn't change my opinion. The energy bars were large, but extremely dense and dry, as well as crumbly. I found that I couldn't eat them whilst cycling without drinking water, and that they would crumble into pieces, making them difficult to manage on the move. The syrup was an interesting idea, but much too sweet for me (a cola flavour) and I prefer my water/fruit juice blend for drinking on the move.
Not much spent, so can't mumble about value, but not for me."
"I've tried an increasing number of such products, but these are genuinely moist and go down easily, rather than trying to wash them down with water, which, when you are pushing along is what is needed. Tasty too, genuinely mango flavoured: to be recommended. I have found that one an hour on a big trip keeps me ticking over."
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.
"I bought these to go with a pair of DHB entry level shoes having used standard spds in the past. On my first trip out I found them extremely tricky to remove my shoes when coming to a stop by twisting my heel out. I have since found that it is easier to twist my heel inwards. As I get used to reversing the habit of a lifetime, I'm sure they will be great. It is of course possible that it is a cleat incompatibility rather than the pedal."
Pros: Great Value, Attractive, Adjustable, Lightweight
"I have been very disappointed with the two packs of these patches that I have used. Their adhesion is extremely poor (perhaps I have just had a bad batch), but I have no confidence in them whatsoever. I would recommend avoiding them, but appreciate others have had a more positive experience."