"Always thought chain oils were created equal, but this wasn't fantastic. For lube, it worked okay, but you need to be extremely diligent about wiping down after every ride. If you don't, the large amount of grime is mysteriously collects ends up hardened onto the chain/other components within a week in warm, dry weather. I normally clean after 3-4 long rides or 2 weeks of sitting, but that still wasn't often enough. Have given the remainder away and will buy something else."
Premium cycling shorts for the highest levels of insulation and comfort in cold winter conditions. With a fleecy, elastic Lombardia Fabric construction and a Tour Seatpad, Vaeon Pro Shorts are essential for dedicated year-round road cyclists.
"Been using them on 2hr rides on extremely bad roads. Amazing pad to soak up the harsh road noise. Smooth roads are like sitting still. This is by far the most comfortable bib I've owned in the last 5 years. Using it in colder 5-8 degree weather and they're perfect to keen the wind away. I probably wouldn't use them in above 14 temps as they're quite warm.
Fit-wise a L is for me at 190cm. Medium to large thigh size."
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Comfortable, High Quality, Good Fit
The popular all-rounder Rubino Pro has the perfect mix of features for most amateurs, with the endurance for the toughest challenges. These tyres are robust and have a 150 TPI nylon casing, & a technical tread pattern + a long life tread compound.
"Pros: * Durable - mid-ranger durability. Not conti-gaterskin bulletproof durable, but good enough * Long life - mid range life for a training tyre * Softer ride - not super plush, but much better than most training tyres I've used * Decent all weather grip - not as good as the more race style rubber, but great when compared to most other training tyres. Pretty decent wet grip for commuting. * Doesn't cut up easily - ridden through plenty of glass and have only picked out a few pieces after a long, wet ride.
Cons: * Average rolling speed - not slow, but not fast rolling.
Would definitely buy these again as my commuting/training tyre. It won't last as long or provide as good flat protection as a Conti-Gatorskin or Maxxis Fuse, but much better ride quality and grip levels."
"Fits two tubes, levers, and allen key set. Could probably fit something else small like a couple air cartridges. Seems waterproof as it's been through every manner of weather, including a 4hr ride in a downpour, without letting the contents become wet.
Easy on/off if required when locking up the bike. Tightens up pretty well so it doesn't bounce around too much."
"Pros: * All black, so doesn't stain * Good fit - 6'3 with a long torso, ordered a Large * Pad is really comfortable - century+ rides go by without problems
Cons: * Slightly tight around the waist - I have a 33" waist, but these are a bit tight around the hips when riding on the drops * Branding is flaking off - don't really care, but it's only been about 30 washes. Material has held up quite well, and I sweat a lot."
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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.
"Basic light cycling jersey. Not flash, but does the job as well as some of my more expensive Italian jerseys. Ordered a large. It fits okay for me at 6'4, but a little short. I also have a longer torso, so guys my height with shorter legs ( I have 34 inch inseam) may want a size up. Comfort wise it's pretty good. Worn it for a few century+ rides and never had an issue.
Only downside is the half zip,"
Pros: Great Value, Comfortable, Good Fit
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Tacx Tyre Levers (Pack of Three)
Durable, tough plastic to remove tyre off the rim.
The GatorSkin Folding is the UK's favourite training tyre (formerly known as Ultra GatorSkin). With its DuraSkin™-anti-cut fabric and PolyX Breaker® also makes it suitable for commuting through to sportives as well as training.
"Pros - extremely long life, almost impossible to flat If you're looking for an ultra-durable training tyre, I wouldn't recommend anything else. 95kg power rider and it lasted over 6000km on the front in all conditions. I've ridden through mountains of glass, over the roughest roads, down gravel, and these tyres didn't bat an eye. Even went through a pile of cut up metal, which broke my chain and put a hole almost through the kevlar, but didn't flat. Only flat was when the rear brake came loose and the metal calliper wore through the side-wall after ~250km. When it finally flatted and binned, it was replaced with a Maxxis Fuse. My Fuse review would be the same as this Gatorskin, except doesn't last quite a long.
Cons - harsh ride, high rolling resistance, no wet grip, shaky dry grip Ride is quite harsh over rougher roads, and the tyres are very slow. For a training tyre, I suppose this doesn't matter as much. However, wet grip was almost non-existent. Braking distance increased 4x over dry. Crashed twice in the wet because of lockups. As the tyre reached about 4000km, unintentional two wheel drifting at higher speeds during mid-corner wasn't uncommon."