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.
The GatorSkin Folding is the UK's favourite training tyre (formely 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."
Pros: Durable, High Quality, Rugged
Cons: hard ride, no grip especially wet
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DeFeet Dura Cycling High Vis Gloves
A versatile seamless, full-fingered glove with a close fit for just about any cold-weather activity. Dura gloves can be worn as a glove liner in cold conditions or alone on mild morning rides. A year-round essential.
"Wasn't expecting a lot from these. Needed something for winter and my flatmate was getting sick of lending me his flash $70 gloves.
They seem like just normal stretch cottonesque gloves. Was very unimpressed with them right out of the package, but they performed brilliantly. They blocked most of the wind and kept most of the cold away from my fingers. Much to my surprise, they were warmer and more comfortable (thanks to the stretch) than my flatmates, even in a 4C downpour. Not sure how long they'll last, but so far they're a brilliant investment."
Pros: Great Value, Comfortable, Lightweight, Good Fit